Tag: Children


Your Guide to the French Educational System

The education system in your country may come as innate knowledge, but from the outside looking in, the educational roadmap may be harder to navigate. As many of you are quite literally moving from the familiar to the unfamiliar, SFP thought it would be helpful to cover some of the topics central to your new way of living. The education system is perhaps one of the most important topics for those living in Paris with kids. It may be a bit tricky to comprehend on your first go, but understanding how kids come......

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Ahhh the French school system.  You’ve heard legends about how short the weeks are and how long the vacations last.  Or what about the fact that it’s virtually free?  That’s right, no $50,000 price tag on a college education! Well we’ll be more specific with that in a bit. But let’s start with the basics.  French children start going to school at a very young age: some start at the age of 2, while nearly all begin at the age of 3.  Spending 2 to 3 years in maternelle (the equivalent of......

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While strolling down rue du Cherche Midi a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a magical wonderland of children’s home furnishings, accessories, toys and more. Serendipity is defined as “the gift for stumbling upon happy coincidences” and that is exactly what occurred on that late summer day as I explored this boutique of children’s wonders. The shop name is derived from a Persian fairy tale ‘The Three Princes of Serendip’ whose heroes were endowed with the gift to bring about these happy coincidences....

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