Childcare — France

Overview by age

0-1 year 1-2 years 2-3 years 3-4 years 4-5 years 5-6 years 6-7 years
Nurseries (Crèches)  

Primary Education

(Ecole primaire)


Pre-elementary school* (Ecole maternelle)

Obligatory schooling as of  3 years old.

Day care centre (Halte garderie)
Child minders (Assistantes maternelles)
Care at your home

* From the age of 2 and subject to availability the 1st day of the start of the school year.

In France, the early childhood institutions available are crèches and day nurseries ("haltes-garderies").

Preschool reception of children aged between 0-4 is usually the responsibility of local communities or cities.
In addition to this, child minders ("assistantes maternelles") are available to keep the children at home.

Please visit the site: edited by the National Office of Family Allowances ("Caisse nationale des Allocations Familiales"). This site gives information about the various childcare options available and gives guidance on the costs. It also suggests the nearest existing options depending on your place of residence.

For information and guidance, please note that the following communes are close to CERN: 

If you encounter any difficulties (with language, understanding...), the Social Affairs Service can assist you.