My eldest son starts maternelle in Nice soon. We should be given a list of things to but. I'm just wondering what would be on that list so that I can start buying some things in advance rather than doing it all in a rush at the last minute. We have already bought his yellow "tablier", what else is there? Thanks Abbie
My Brother will be in Cannes this weekend, where I hope he can get a, Berchet Charton 'Tonic' (Orange) tricycle for my 2 year old daughter (these are not available in the UK) I have mentioned the Carrefour in Antibes, but a shop in Cannes would be much easier, if that's not a possibility, is there a bus from Cannes to the Carrefour in Antibes ? Cheers, Ron
Hello everyone, I hope to relocate to the Nice area at the end of October from UK but am unwilling to continue my childrens' education in either the state or private sectors. The children are aged 9 (Year 5), and 4 (Reception). Are there any support groups for home schooling in the area who can advise me? Are there any legal requirements I should be aware of? As a single mum, I would find it difficult to pay the fees for the international schools but wondered if there are any private tutors who would be capable and willing to continue the childrens' education, using the UK National Curriculum. Also, are there any tutors available to give French lessons to all three of us? I am looking for a two-bedroomed apartment in Villefranche area to rent on a long-term basis. Perhaps "Legend in my own lunchtime" can help me ! You seem to have all the answers. Your help would be much appreciated, Kind regards, Aideen.aideen
As we have moved to VENCE and our three boys are in school and speak no FRENCH the school have suggested we move them to a different school who they say will teach them French quicker.As they have already made friends we would prefer not to move them and we would appreciate any suggestions as to how we should deal with this problem.Kind RegardsAnthony Brophy
Hi My son is 19 weeks old and missed his last and third set of initial immunisations in the UK for Diptheria, Tetanus, Polio, Whooping cough, Meningitis C and Hib (not sure what stands for) as we had just moved to France when they were due in the UK. I presume here in France they have the same or similar injections. Can someone please advise what I need to do and where I need to go to get them done? Also I want to have him weighed, how do I have this done? We are living in Nice.
My husband and I are currently living in a house in the UK which is mortgaged. Our equity is about £200,000.My husband has a job in the south of France, and we were wondering what our options are regarding the house.If we convert the UK mortgage to buy to let, and rent out the UK house, will this affect the size of mortgage we can get in France? Will the rental income be counted (which should easily cover the mortgage), allowing us to get the same amount of mortgage as if we'd sold the UK house?I would like to run a gites business in France. If I bought an existing business, would I be able to get a commercial mortgage based on the previous years accounts of income from the gites?Are there any other issues about retaining a UK house? Will it affect our residency for tax purposes?
Hi there are there other Anglo/Scots/Irish/French/German/US etc or other mums who live in the Nice area who would like to set up a circle. This means that on those occasions when you want to or need to go out you can be sure that your kids are being looked after by a like minded and already known person. Mine is 12 almost 13 by the way so not so much baby sitting more watchful eye required. It can work on either a swap or paid for basis. Angela
I wonder if there is anybody else who will be driving children to schools in Cagnes sur Mer from the Vallauris area? My daughter is starting at a school in Cagnes sur Mer in September and, to be honest, the drive from Vallauris to there will not be a pleasant one! If there is anyone else placing their children in schools there and live my side, please contact me and see if we can discuss something. A long-shot I know, but it is worth a try! Tel: 04.92.95.15.59 - CLAIRERegardsClaire Moroney
Hello My father arrived for a holiday last week and fell ill for the first time ever in his life. He was rushed to intensive care and has been diagnosed with stomach cancer. He is now in l'Archet hospital . I have the choice of having him treated there or getting him back to the UK NHS. I know the bad things that we all hear about the UK health service and I am very pleased with the treatment that he is being offered over here. However, I would like to know whether anyone has any experience with this sort of thing. Is the cancer treatment as advanced here as it is in UK? I know that the wards and the surroundings are lovely here but that's of limited importance to me at the moment I want the best treatment possible. Now that the diagnosis has been made, would he be treated quickly in the UK or would he have to go on a waiting list? I'm also worried that there are few support groups over here (he doesn't speak French) and he would get a Macmillan nurse in the UK wouldn't he? Please, if anyone has any informed opinions on where is best to receive treatment, I would be so grateful so that I can offer him the choices. Thanks ClaireCLAIRE H. - NICE