Hi Can anyone help? We have owned a home in the Auvergne for 14 years and more so lately have been thinking about making the move permanent. My husband is a Self employed Gas Engineer in the UK so could technically commute now and again for work. We have 2 kids (11 and 10). the kids are happy to go. The issue i have is that my youngest child has Type 1 diabetes and wears an insulin pump. he has excellent care in the UK and whilst I'm happy to pay health insurance I'm not sure how he would transfer into the French system. Where would we stand if hubby continued to work in the UK, but we lived in France????
My 14 year old son (in July) may be starting school in Gueret or Bourganeuf in September 2017. I am looking to buy a house in either town and to spend half of my time there. I have to be in England for regular work meetings - I am a self-employed marketer and film-maker - so am looking for local families with whom to make friends and perhaps even enter into a paying-guest arrangement for Jimmy when I have to be in the UK.It would be great to meet local families anyway. I have two elder daughters aged 20, at university in England, and 17, about to do A Levels in England next year. My son's next school has fallen through, hence both our thoughts that now could be a great time for him really to learn French and to experience something different. He is really ready for a change, as am I.Any thoughts very welcome!Henry
Hi everyone,In March of next year (2018) we are making the move from England to France and will be moving to a village just outside of Bellac. We have an 11 year old daughter that will need to attend school. So far we have sen that there are two schools local to us - College Louis Jouvet, Bellac and College Maryse Bastie, Nantiat.Firstly, has anyone had any contact or experience with either school and secondly are there any families in and around the area that have children of a similar age that maybe be able to start a 'pen pal' type contact with my daughter so it helps with the transition when we make the move?We are travellling over at the beginning of May to hopefully visit the schools, sort out bank accounts etc, etc so if there are any families that would like to meet over a coffee or glass of wine and share their experiences and offer advice it will be well received from us!Hope to hear from you all soon.Toby
Hi all after readinganother thread from a few years ago i am a little reluctant to ask similarquestions that another person posted, the post received some very negativeunnecessary comments. Anyway i will give it a bash in the hope that i receivepositive assistance with my questions. We are moving to France from SouthAfrica in 2018. We have looked at a number of areas in the South of France,Limousin, Aquitain Brittany Dordogne etc. The catch really for us is we are bringing our twoEnglish/ Afrikaans grandchildren with us. They are 2 and 4 years of age. MySouth African husband speaks French so that's a huge bonus. I will be doingseveral french language courses over the next 12 months. So hopefully will beable to communicate with our new locals. My question is where is the best ruralarea with enough foot traffic to settle, with primary schools? where would weget the best value for money, we want to start a small B&B/ restaurant Barin the country with accommodation for us etc. I will be working from home andtravelling whilst still being employed by an offshore company. However my hubbywho loves to cook and has previous hotel, restaurant experience will run thebusiness. We don't have a big budget due to the South African rand being soweak against the Euro. My hubby is a bit of a handyman, he can decorate, tile,paint and do all of the basic renovations if required. The biggest concern forus is our two little parcels. So anyone providing tips or advice should bedoing so with my two grandchildren in mind who will need to be integrated intolocal French schools. So any areas would need to foremost cater for children.Any help or contacts would be greatly appreciated
i am in the process of moving full time to france from zimbabwe, i have a nearly 15 year old son who i need to put into school in france, we are in dept 87, near bellac, our son needs to go to either a boarding school where english and french is taught or a day school, are there any? would rather he intergrates into french life/culture / language as soon as possible, his french at the moment is minimal....any help or advise woulkd be greatly appreciated...
Our children are due to start primary school at Saint Mathieu in France in September and i am aware that they will require an Individuelle accident responsibilitie civile assurance policy for each of them. Could any other parents of school-age children advise on the best place to get these as i have seen varying information. I have seen a 'Scolaire Simple' policy through MAE that is around 11 euros per year covering the necessary level that is required (school day, trips and transportation). Or is there somewhere else locally that will provide the assurance (i.e through the mairie etc?)
I make and sell children’s clothes 3ms – 4yrs. I have just returned from an internet course with lots of questions in my head regarding websites. I would be so grateful if people could give me feedback on my website http://www.petiteclassiques.net Some open ended questions are:Is it easy enough to find any info you require?Are dummies as opposed to models a good way to display the garments?Can you appreciate the quality of the garments?Would you buy from this site?Would you be more likely to buy from this site if I spoke more about my philosophy behind the making and selling of the clothes i.e. why I charge reasonable prices when everyone seems to say I should charge more for unique and handmade garments. Would it make a difference? Any other constructive comments would be much appreciated. If you could ask any family and friends so I could have the widest possible feedback again I would be so grateful
Hi I am moving to the Haute Vienna region in August this year with my family I am registered qualified children's nurse in the UK currently working in a specialist mental health hospital for young people with conditions such as anorexia, bulimia, OCD, post traumatic stress and psychosis. I also worked for 10 years with children and young people with a diverse range of disabilities both in a special needs school and as an outreach and respite carer. I am resigned to the fact that until I can speak French fluently it will not be possible to work as a nurse in France. However, I was wondering what scope there would be to use my skills to support families in the expat community? Obviously I would ensure any role I took on abided by French law. Any thoughts or ideas would be much appreciated.
Hello, We are signing on our house in December and we are told there are schools for our 14 year old (non French Speaking) daughter. Anyone any experience of these schools, advice etc, as she didn't take French at school in the UK? Home education is a possible, but she would be happier around other children, just need to make sure we get the school right for her. Best commets usually come from parents who actually know the schools, so I thought I'd see if anyone on here could help. Thanks in advance.
We are moving out next Easter and whilst I have no worries about our children fitting in the way of life, I think it would be nice for them to meet some similar age English children in our area before we make the move, and also for myself to meet some other parents. We are renovating our house ourselves so are down quite a bit throughout the year. The next time we are down is the first two weeks of August. The house is just outside Maisonnais-sur-Tardoire (87440) about 10mins drive from Saint Mathieu. If anyone has, or knows, any families with similar age children (mine are both boys aged 5 and 9) then please get in touch and perhaps we could arrange for them to meet. It doesn't matter if you are a little way away as I'm happy to drive but I think it would be good for them to meet some other children who are in-situ as it were! Or if there are any existing groups or any other suggestions as to how they can meet similar age children in the area that would be appreciated! Thanks :)
Happy New Year to you all My 12 year son love's to play "Mine Craft" on his PS3. Some of his friend's in the UK play online and chat to him, I was wondering if there was any other parents out there who's children play online that would like to hook up with him. It could help both to chat in english and french and maybe help each other with home work as you don't have to play the game just chat. It has to be "PS3" Not "Xbox" If your children would be interested please pm me