Collective childcare

The public nursery

Public nurseries are open to 15 to 30 children aged 2 months to 4 years, who come on a regular basis for the full day. Children are looked after by a qualified team (paediatric nurses, specialist infant teachers and childcare assistants), helping with skills development and socialisation, as they gradually become more independent.

The family nursery

The family nursery is a network of authorised child-minders, brought together on the initiative of the town council. Children are looked after at the home of one of these child-minders on a regular, daily basis. The child-minder is employed by the town council.

The child-minders are supervised by a paediatric nurse who is the head of the nursery. She allocates the children to a child-minder and remains the main contact point for parents. Payment for this service is calculated according to your family quotient and is paid directly to the town council.

Day care centres

Day care centres offer collective childcare on a more occasional basis for children under 6 years old. Children are looked after by a team of infant teachers and childcare assistants, who help your child with early learning in a group environment. The cost of this service depends on your family quotient.

There is now a trend towards multi-care facilities, offering a specialist service that takes the parents' wishes into consideration, encourages socialisation and adapts its hours to the parents' work.

Maisons d'assistants maternels (child-minder centres)

The maisons d'assistants maternels are a flexible, inexpensive childcare solution for families and local communities. These centres accommodate a group of child-minders who have decided to work outside of their family home. Although care is provided at the centre, the service is identical to that provided by other child-minders in their homes, and is defined in a contract signed by the parents and the child-minder.

This solution means people whose homes do not meet the required conditions can still work as a childminder. It also encourages shared experiences and team work. With the possibility of delegating care - if parents give their approval – this set-up means opening hours can be extended to meet the demands of parents with non-standard working hours.

Parent-child groups

These groups offer leisure activities and informal meetings with professionals and help members of the family forge new relationships outside of their usual environment (home or school). These parent-child groups provide:

  • information, documentation and advice from professionals
  • special games and activities for your children
  • the chance to share experiences with other parents
  • the chance to relax and make friends, to get reassurance, find a change of scenery and to generally feel better.