Safety in Childcare Environments

At KidooLand we pride ourselves on a good safety record and having put health and safety measures into place that we maintain and monitor. A hazard of my job is that I am so aware of the many regulations that leaving my children elsewhere can be quite a challenge sometimes! It doesn't help that I know locally of an English club who transport children in their own cars and haven't declared their overnight camps to the authorities, a tennis club who again transport kids in their own cars, a language centre who do not seem to adhere to many safety requirements with regards to electrics, a dance school with radiators that are non-conform is a minefield out there! Here are some tips on what

Homes and Gardens Alpes Maritimes Maison Jardin

You've just got the keys to your new accommodation. Removal truck has left and you have unpacked. What next .. you are going to have to adjust to Côte d'Azur life .. we have a really handy facebook group that is there with thousands of members ready to answer your every question! Côte d'Azur living Facebook group Now turning yourself to the house and garden itself .. maybe you need to renovate or construct, perhaps you have a pool or garden and don't have the first idea on the French equivalent of B & Q (it's Castarama / Briconate / Leroy Merlin) or how to keep a lawn looking green or how to not keep the swimming pool looking green! .. then THIS is the group for that: Homes Gardens Alpes Ma

OIB vv IB the differences between the 2 Baccalaureates for the English Section in France

In the article we explain the differences between the Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB) and the International Baccalaureat (IB) when taken with the English Language option. The Option Internationale du Baccalauréat The OIB is a French Bac with an International Option that can be taken in the Literature, Economics and Science or Science streams and can only be prepared by the International sections. It is based on partnerships between the French Ministry of Education and a number of foreign authorities. The French Bac in itself covers 8 or 9 subjects to a very high level. I found this excellent resource which explains the different Bac Streams E, ES, S .. the importance and weight

ASEICA - organisers of the English International Sections on the Côte d'Azur

ASEICA - "Association pour le soutien de l’Enseignement International sur la Côte d’Azur" Non profit organisation supporting International teaching on the Côte d'Azur. ASEICA has been working in the French national education system now for more than 20 years. They provide English speaking teachers to the following International sections in the South of France: Sartoux Primaire - Primary school near Valbonne Les 3 Collines - Primary school in Mougins L'Eganaude - Collège in Biot Sophia Antipolis Niki de St. Phalle - Collège in Valbonne César - Collège in Roqeufort les Pins CIV - Collège / Lycée in Valbonne Sophia Antipolis. The sections are fee paying and you must pas an entrance test to

CIV ASEICA Tests liens importants

Admission en 6ème section internationale For the full artcile please see : Admission en 6ème section internationale session 2016 pour les réseaux des établissements de Sophia 1-Inscription aux tests 2-Nature des tests 3-Date des tests 4-Admission et affectation 5-Règles d'affectation pour les candidats aux tests d anglais et d'italien - réseau Sophia Télécharger le document "informations aux familles 2016" 1. INSCRIPTION AUX TESTS Les inscriptions sont effectuées sur le site internet de la DSDEN 06, en cliquant sur le lien suivant : L'application internet se

Mainstream International School Choices South of France

The Cote d’Azur has the most International schooling options available to parents after Paris which is a real plus for multi cultural and bilingual families to the Riviera. It is however also a little daunting to have so many options open to us isn’t it? Previously we talked about local parents and their personal schooling experiences in this article we will look at some of the International fee paying options open to you here on the Cote d'Azur and offer a few opinions we received on them. INTERNATIONAL AND BILINGUAL SCHOOL OPTIONS Mainly English Curriculums There are private and predominantly English speaking curriculums offered through several schools in the Alpes Maritimes. Their curricu

Alternative bilingual schooling options

We recently blogged on the more mainstream private and semi private options available here in the Cote d'Azur. This article considers the less conventional option but increasingly popular Montessori system. Alternative Curriculums French / Bilingual There has been a strong growth in less traditional curriculums such as the Montessori approaches. Getting back to basics , ridding our environment of plastic , understanding the world we live in has to be applauded. I have been lucky enough to participate on many Montessori learning workshops particularly in the 0-3 and 3-6 year cycles as I wanted to better educate myself on the methods. I have to say I really enjoyed the courses and implemente

Guide to Educating Your Children in France

This article , written by me, first appeared in the International Press back in 2006 . Much of it is stil lvalid and so I thought it could be helpful to republish it here. There are many different schooling options available in France from the French Education Nationale schools to the privately financed Independent schools. The choice you make will be determined by your child's ability, their age and the system they are coming from. The level of integration into French life you want to make and whether future life and studies will continue to be in France will also affect your choices. The State run national system is available to all children resident in France. You will normally be alloca

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