Is there any advice anyone can give me about moving kids back to England/Ireland after have several years of French education. I have 2, 14 and 16. Possibly moving back to Ireland next year and I am trying to find out how they would fit back into the curriculum. Will it be easier for them in the long run? get your kicks on route 56!!
My 11 year old daughter has just gone up to college and is having some difficulty settling in. We have been in France for 3 years already, so the problem is not the being here thing. In all honesty I think the problems she has here would be the same in England. She is a very willful child and the school is having problems with her attitude as well as her work, which as her mother I can recognise too. I see the problem as being how the school is handling it. She has low self esteem as regards her school work and feels that she is useless at everything. She feels that if she is going to be shouted at for doing things wrong, and also in her case that her handwriting is not neat enough, then why bother at all. I have already been up to the school where we sat not round a table, but in confrontational position across the table from the principal, her form teacher and another teacher. I felt we were both on trial even though they kept saying that they were there to help. Language is not a problem as I speak French and in any case the principal speaks English and my daughters's principal teacher is the English teacher if the need arises. Has anyone any ideas on how I can help to make my daughter's life at school better? Are there any English speaking counsellors who I can talk to and maybe get my daughter to talk to as there could be other issues that I don't know about. I am going to talk to the French Educational Psychologist, but maybe in our own language it would be easier to express ourselves.
Am looking for any info anyone can give me re lycees in dept 22, will be looking round at them myself, but if anyone has a daughter/son at lycee in dept 22 (Rostrenen, Pontivy and surrounding areas), would be grateful to receive any info as to what these are like etc. My daughter has another year to go at her college, and then we have to decide what the next step will be for her. Many thanks usfiveLaniscat (Dept 22)
Hi all We are a British (I'm Welsh, she's French) couple with two young daughters (5 and 2) just arrived in Ploermel, and frankly we'd love to meet up with any young (hey, or old) families in the same area. We had heard that there were loads of ex-pats here and anyway, fingers crossed.... Jim 06 77 81 63 48
Does anyone know of a good doctor or paediatrician around plancoet or lamballe? A little spoken English would be helpful as we're still learning. Took my seven month old to a doctor as he had a rash for which the doctor gave us a cream. However the information leaflet said not to give to children under 30 months!!! Needless to say, I didn't use it and have lost all confidence!
HI THERE WOULD APRECIATE ANY INFO / RECOMMENDATIONS ON SCHOOLS FOR AGE 12 YEARS + IN THIS AREA, ENGLISH FRIENDLY AS I HEAR SOME SCHOOLS DO NOT ACCEPT CHILDREN WHO CANNOT SPEAK FRENCH. MY CHILDREN ARE 12 AND 14 AND HAVE DONE 2 & 3 YEARS RESPECTIVELY OF FRENCH IN UK SCHOOLS. SO THEY KNOW A BIT BUT NOT FLUENT AT ALL. WE ARE MOVING TO CREDIN END OF JULY AND WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WITH CHILDREN THIS AGE GROUP WITH ANY ADVICE. ALSO WHAT HOLIDAYS DO FRENCH SCHOOLS HAVE BETWEEN NOW AND WHEN THEY CLOSE IN JULY AS I NEED TO MAKE A TRIP TO ORGANISE THE SCHOOL/ COLLEGE BEFORE JULY. MANY THANKS FOR ANY INFO - KAREN
Please can someone give me advice concerning finding good childcare (near to Dinan). I need someone who can provide occasional support when I am working, sometimes needing to be away overnight. Does anyone have any experience to share, or know of anyone looking to be a part-time au pair / live in nanny? I need someone who can speak both English and French! Many thanks!
We have a house near Dinan. We are looking to move to France permanently and renovate, however our youngest daughter is wheelchair bound, can anyone advise as to what level of care we could expect ? Would it be possible to get insurance for her ? would she go to mainstream school or are there schools specifically for the disabled, despite her disability she has a very high IQ. Also in the UK we have nurses that sleep over to give us respite, is this possible in France, she also has a lot of medication, would this have to be purchased or due to her age would this be as in UK, where it is free.. I have lots of other questions, but if someone could take the time to reply and point us in the right direction i would appreciate it very much.
Help! Are there any Americans out there? Or people specialised in or knowledgeable about American children shoe sizing? My daughter has seen the most BEAUTIFUL pair of shoes by Nina - on a US website. Trouble is, I know her size in french shoes, and in UK shoes, but not in US shoes, and nowhere on the Nina site does it give you any sizing guides! Has any friendly helpful American out there in the AI world ever bought Nina shoes for kids (she has seen a pair of black patent heeled pageant type shoes for a party we are going to) and is so, is the sizing large or small? And am I right in thinking that a French 32 is a US size 1? I have of course done the obvious and contacted both Nina themselves (no reply) and various US based shoe store sites, but I am getting mixed answers. Many many thanks.MadDogOrne/Mayenne borders (53/61) MadDogOrne/Mayenne Border