Making sense of Childcare options in France

Making sense of Childcare options in France. Main image drawn for Connexion by artist Perry Taylor. For more of his work, see perrytaylor.fr
Making sense of Childcare options in France. Main image drawn for Connexion by artist Perry Taylor. For more of his work, see perrytaylor.fr

There are several options for childcare in France and financial help is on hand.

Education is obligatory from age three – though home-schooling is an option – so, for working parents, the main challenge is to find a solution for under-threes.

Crèches

There are four types of crèche for children from two months to three years and all must use qualified staff. They are all regulated by the PMI (mother and child protection service, run by the department) apart from the crèches d’entreprises.

a) Crèches collectives are run by councils or a private organisation for up to 60 children. There are also mini-crèches for up to 10 children. There must be a ratio of one adult to five babies too young to walk and one adult for every eight children who can ...

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