Living France - - LIFESTYLE -

• School in France is only com­pul­sory from the age of six; how­ever, the ma­jor­ity of chil­dren in France at­tend a maternelle or nurs­ery school from the age of three – or some­times younger.

• The maternelle sys­tem pro­vides a ground­ing for your child’s ed­u­ca­tion and al­though the cur­ricu­lum isn’t too de­mand­ing, they will learn about num­bers and let­ters, as well as gain an un­der­stand­ing of how school works, the rules and their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

• The ma­jor­ity of chil­dren in France eat at the school can­teen, where they will re­ceive a three­course, di­eti­cian-ap­proved meal.

• There are usu­ally three classes in maternelle – pe­tite sec­tion, moyenne sec­tion and grande sec­tion. While the school year runs from Septem­ber to July, your child will be al­lo­cated to a class depend­ing on their year of birth.

• Af­ter lunch, chil­dren are of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to sleep, with small beds of­fered in a quiet set­ting for this pur­pose.

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