Moving to France with children.
Many families are motivated to seek a new life in France because of the opportunities for children to learn a second language and experience a different culture. French schools have a good reputation, especially if you’re a fan of the ‘3 Rs’, and most children settle in without any problems. However, it pays to be prepared to make the transition as seamless as possible.
Talk it out
However old your children are, include them in all decisions about the move and discuss it with them. Allow them to express their emotions freely, whether they’re angry, upset or excited. Reassure your children you’ll maintain links to friends and family in the UK through holiday visits, Skype and email. Moving to a new country will have a huge impact but play up the positives and made a determined effort to create new family memories in your new home.
Brush up your French
This is something the whole family can get involved in, and there is an enormous number of app-based language learning programmes for all levels and ages. The more you can make this a fun family project the better, so organise a French picnic or a tea party or set aside an hour a week when everyone speaks French. If you can give your children a head start with the language, then you’re smoothing the path for them to make friends and communicate as quickly as possible.
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Research your options
Most French towns and villages will have an école maternelle for the little ones and primaire up to age eleven. Then it’s college until sixteen and lycee from sixteen to eighteen. You do have the choice between publique and privee schools, with the private schools being run by the Catholic church and charging only nominal fees. There’s no equivalent of Ofsted, but you can check French exam results ( www.france-examen.com) to make a comparison between schools in your area. Expat forums are always a source of excellent information from parents who’ve already made the move.
Trust the experts
If you have already decided on moving to France with children, then making the move as hassle free as possible makes sense. That’s where LOPA Removals can help. We’re the experts in relocation to Europe so contact us today and we’ll be happy to move you and your family to your new home.