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Preschool options in France

Updated: Sep 10, 2022


This article serves as a guide to the many preschool alternatives available in France, ranging from nurseries to kindergartens. If you are considering sending your kid to preschool in France, read on.

Kindergarten in France

Even though children do not have to start official education until they are six years old, many French parents choose to send their children to kindergarten, often known as nursery school. Children as young as three years old are welcome to participate in the cost-free kindergarten program. A kid may be admitted to kindergarten if they are close to reaching the age of three. In communities where there is no kindergarten program, it is not uncommon for older children, those who have reached the age of 5, to be enrolled in the primary school in the neighborhood.

How to enroll in a preschool in France

At the local town hall, parents submit their children's information to enroll them in public schools in France. Parents can get their child into a public kindergarten located outside of the municipality by submitting a waiver request; however, they will need to get the approval of both the mayor of their community and the mayor of the community where the child will be attending kindergarten. Private kindergartens often have their students enrolled via the institution itself.

The latest that registration may be completed is in June of the year before the commencement of the academic year. In most municipalities, the registration period begins in March. However, some municipalities start enrolling residents as early as one year in advance.

The following items will be needed to register your child for kindergarten at the town hall:

● a copy of the child's birth certificate, as well as a family book, an identification card, or a copy of the child's birth certificate extract;

● Current or most recent evidence of residency;

● Proof that the kid has had all of the required vaccines, including those for diphtheria, tetanus, and polio.

In connection with the kindergarten's canteen or the extracurricular activities, additional documentation may be required from you.

In communities that have more than one kindergarten, the mayor is the one who will pick which one your kid will attend depending on the number of available spots. After all of the details about the school have been ironed out, you will then be sent a certificate of registration to confirm the school. There is no need for you to worry about continuing your child's enrolment into the program the following year since this is done on its own.

Kindergarten activities

A kid will develop the information and abilities necessary to engage with other children and the environment around them as well as gain the ability to become more independent by the time they graduate from nursery school.

The normal length of a school week is 24 hours, and this provides pupils with learning opportunities in numerous important facets:

● The ability to communicate verbally and in writing;

● Becoming a student, which requires participation in group activities and communication with other people;

● using one's own body as a means of movement and communication;

● Exploring the environment that was all around them;

● Imagination and creativity are developed together with seeing and experiencing what is going on around them.

The activities include work done individually and in groups, as well as seminars, games, and free play time. The advancement of the students is tracked according to objective criteria, and the children who are having difficulty learning are allowed to get some individual support from their instructors or to receive instruction in small groups.

Children should be able to do a variety of tasks by the time they graduate from kindergarten, including the following ones:

● Having empathy with other people;

● Engaging in conversation by asking questions and offering their perspectives;

● recognizing the most important aspects of writing and comprehending the texts that are read to them;

● composing basic sentences by hand using cursive;

● working well with other students and having an awareness of the duties of adults;

● expressing feelings by facial expressions, gestures, and actions;

● Identifying things like the human body, animals, and plant life among other things

● Making basic plans;

● Learning to recite and analyze rhymes and tunes from memory.

How to get your youngster ready for his or her first day of school

Make a great deal out of the forthcoming first day of classes. Bring them to the building to show them where the school is, and allow them to look through the windows while they explore the facility. You are welcome to comment on the fact that your youngster is growing older and is now a big kid. First and foremost, have a cheerful attitude.

Both the parent and the kid may feel overwhelmed on the first day of school. The following are some suggestions on how to deal with it:

● Have a healthy breakfast to get the day going.

● Remind the youngster how much they are going to miss out on by not attending school (that they have visited, etc).

● If they behave well during the day, you should reward them after the day.

● If you have potty-trained your kid, you should show them the restroom and talk to them about who will watch them while you are gone.

● Assure them that you will be there after playtime to pick them up and take them home.

● Plan on leaving at 9 a.m. regardless of how your child is behaving; teachers are trained to assist children in adjusting to their new environments.

● Set aside some time on the first day for a discussion with the instructors about the students' requirements (e.g., dummy, favorite toy, toilet-training information).

Overall tips

● Name tags should be sewn onto your child's clothes and baggage.

● Bring some fresh produce or a snack with you. some supply food and some don't

● Bring along a pair of comfortable shoes for your toddler to wear inside the house.

● Bring along your emergency and doctor's contact information (there will be a form for you to fill out on your device).


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