During my last visit to our house in Lamalou les Bains (34), I took the decision to enrol my 5 and 3 year old boys into the local schools. We have had the house for 8 years but I have never been in the position to try to make a permanent move. Our eldest will be 6 in September so he will be in CP. Our youngest will be in Maternelle, Moyenne Section.
A friend of mine is from the area originally but teaches in England. She had suggested to me that it might be a better introduction for my eldest to go back to the final year of Maternelle so he can get a better grounding of basic words, as she felt the CP was really hard work, particularly for a foreign student.
I am in two minds - the teacher does speak English and is particularly experienced in teaching foreign and special needs children. That said, I still dread the first day when he will definitely not want to go to school, having only been in Reception in the UK where the focus is on play and not really serious learning.
I only have the experiences of a couple of people to go by and wondered if other members have had to make special arrangements or decisions to make their child's transition much smoother.