• 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.