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ENFANTS D’AZUR Conn e c t i n g Fam ilies On T h e CÔte d ’Azur Issue 4 January/February 2021


Choosing the Right School: Your Child’s School Journey

DIVORCE MATTERS: In the Child’s Best Interests

BUILDING A TINY HOUSE on Wheels A Self-Build Tiny House Project




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WELCOME TO ISSUE 4 EDITOR’S LETTER Happy New Year Everyone! I’m so glad to see the back of 2020 and the start of 2021. I have named this issue New Beginnings, reflected in the front cover featuring the lovely Alice expecting her baby in the New Year, and our maternity feature that looks at indispensable items and how to put together a baby registry during a pandemic. The sentiment also aligns with my vision that 2021 will offer everyone a prosperous new beginning full of hope, dreams and successes. I’m excited to announce that our January/February issue contains our very first Spotlight on Education. Education is one of the most popular categories on our website and each of our print issues includes features on a range of independent education topics. Our spotlight includes entries from some wonderful schools in the local and wider area plus some overseas schools. It also includes an article about a new outdoor class to deliver "STEAM" (Science,

Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) based lessons and the "Young Explorers" class opening up at Interntional School of Nice and highlights some very special schools offering alternative education for precocious children. For those interested in prep and boarding schools, educational consultant Carfax, Monaco

advises on finding the right school for your child and we also have an interview with Amanda Scott, the new head at ICS Côte d'Azur. Another first is our article on how to take care of your child’s teeth which we wrote using the advice of Enfants d’Azur’s first medical expert. We hope to work with many more experts to bring you even more in-depth articles on a number of parenting topics. The lockdowns have had a significant effect on families, bringing some lucky ones closer together and sadly driving some others apart. When families do decide to separate often decisions need to be made about the children. “In The Child’s Best Interests”, an article by Riviera based lawyer Nathalie Harrop, looks at how this is addressed under French law. We really have packed so much into this new issue. My highlight however has to be the interview with Kellee and Cedric on their inspiring journey to build a tiny house. I absolutely love the concept and am ever more committed to becoming more minimalist and reducing my own family’s impact on our planet. I believe, and I hope you agree that this is our best issue yet.

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Choosing the Right School: Your Child’s School Journey

DIVORCE MATTERS: In the Child’s Best Interests

BUILDING A TINY HOUSE on Wheels: A Self-Build Tiny House Project



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Serre Chevalier: A Mountain of Activities


Boys And Reading: Encouraging Boys To Read


International School Of Nice


Inspiring Bright Futures: An Interview With Amanda Scott


Millfield Prep School


The Appeal Of Boarding Schools


Divorce Matters In The Child’s Best Interests


New Beginnings A Practical Baby Registry Checklist


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Serre Chevalier: A Mountain of Activities By Dr. Hannah Snow Baud



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At the time of writing, planning a family ski or winter sports holiday seems daunting; with travel restrictions, special measures and even further lockdowns possible, but ski resorts are opening and will follow national guidelines as well as implementing their own directives this season. They intend to operate safely, without exacerbating the spread of the virus. Whilst some of us may enjoy the Alpine honeypot resorts or more local options, there is also a laid-back gem, set in its majestic playground of 3,900 hectares: Serre Chevalier. This family-friendly resort, about six hours’ drive from the CÔte D’Azur and 3 hours from Marseille, was once considered to be a ‘weedy’ resort in comparison to its cousins, but now it is seen as a cool alternative. The resort is made up of multiple villages, stretching for 15km along the Guisane Valley floor to the old town of Briançon, France’s highest town. There are four main centres among them which have

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Villeneuve/La Salle les Alpes and Monêtier. Whilst the après-ski is relatively quiet (not a problem this season anyway), the skiing is varied and extensive and there are plenty of activities off the slopes. The largest ski area in the southern French Alps has more than enough terrain for a week’s holiday for skiers and nonskiers alike. The snow reliability is good, as eighty per cent of the runs are above 2,000m and there is an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. The resort is committed to reducing its carbon footprint dramatically, and already produces its own electricity. Importantly for families, Serre Chevalier offers runs for skiers of all levels. Amongst the 410 hectares of marked and groomed, tree-lined runs there are good nursery slopes, and long, gentle green slopes for beginners. Intermediate skiers will love the area in particular, with its vast network of green, blue and red slopes. For the expert there are black runs and acres of woodland terrain. There are 59 ski lifts. The SnowPark is an impressive freestyle park in the heart of the ski area, with three separate fun zones for beginners to expert freeriders. Off the slopes, among the usual 8


activities such as tobogganing, skating and swimming, Serre Chevalier offers excitement and exploration. A giant January/ February 2021

zipline, measuring 1,100m long, thrills at speeds of up to 110km/h.Electric fat-tyre bikes can be ridden on prepared trails, there is mountain kart racing and Deval’Bobs (toboggans) glide through 4 kms of larch forest. There is a wide choice of affordable accommodation, from family-run hotels to modern chalets.

IN THE WAY OF LUXURY ACCOMMODATION THERE ARE FIVE 4-STAR HOTELS IN THE VALLEY + NUMEROUS LUXURIOUS CHALETS. The resort is made up of multiple village bases, spread out and fragmented, so it would be wise to check your accommodation is conveniently located for your needs: the lifts, nursery facilities or a livelier base, for example. Those fond of swimming or relaxing might prefer to stay in Monetier to have the excellent complex there right on your doorstep, with its indoor/outdoor spa. Chantemerle and Villeneuve have easier

slopes above them that might suit a family with young children or novices. For young families there’s both nursery provision and ski school with snow gardens at each of the four main bases. Within each village, there is a free shuttle that runs from the slopes to bus stops within that village. If you want to move between villages however you can use the valley shuttle bus that links the villages for which there is a small fare. Of course all bases are connected by ski runs so you can always ski over to the next village for lunch. With regard to Covid-19, ski resorts have to be adaptable and reactive during these times. A lot can change during the pandemic. In the wake of this, it is expected that many holiday-makers will choose last-minute self-drive and selfcatering trips to avoid exposure to the virus. Avoid travelling to resorts on Saturdays if you can, as they are usually the busiest changeover day. The Serre Chevalier Vallee Ski Area plans to provide customers with blank keycards in establishments in the valley, so they can schedule their ski lessons and equipment rental

easily from their accommodation. Similarly, visitors are encouraged to book their lift passes online in advance of their visit. They can then be collected from contactless machines on arrival. This will limit the number of visitors gathering at reception points at any one time. In an ‘outside the walls’ approach, resort advisers from the Tourist Offices plan to meet guests outside the offices in tents, outside the Briancon SNCF station and at the cable car in Chantemerle. Safety measures in place around the resort this season include: compulsory mask-wearing in meeting and reception areas (under 11’s are exempt); regular disinfection of these areas and the use of plexiglass. Cabins, chairs and ski rental equipment will be disinfected regularly. One-way systems will be in place as well as sanitisation points at entrances and exits of public areas. Only table service will be available at restaurants and bars. A Covid Unit will be set up at each ski school. Masks can be removed on the slopes and during lessons, except within 1.5m of an instructor. Only one accompanying adult may drop off children for lessons. Masks are to be worn on ski lifts and in queues. https://www.serre-chevalier.com


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Boys And Reading: Encouraging Boys To Read By Dr Hannah Snow Baud

A study suggests that boys have fallen further behind girls at reading regularly and enjoying it, during lockdown. Evidence of the gender gap widening and the idea of young males as ‘non-readers’ pops up regularly in education columns.



The long-reaching benefits of reading words and engaging with the text successfully provides solid foundations for all learning. Self-led reading, with practise, is one of the primary mediums that can stimulate curiosity and foster exploration of different worlds. Professionally, as a tutor, I see the immediate positive effects reading has in improving, expanding and refreshing our grasp of a richer language. Spelling, punctuation and grammar improves and vocabulary blossoms. It’s a privilege. But back to reality. As the mum of three very different darling sons, aged 18, 15 and 12, the study prompted me to reflect back on their lack of enthusiasm for reading, the choice of books that were too easy for them, and my suspicion that they were not reading thoroughly or carefully. There will of course be those boys who are voracious bookworms, but for my own family the path was more difficult. How can we encourage our more reluctant young men to engage with reading, whilst remaining realistic?

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and space as they grow – our boys will improve their reading confidence and stamina, which is a positive habit that will last a lifetime. Finally, by setting good examples as adults – especially from male role models - we normalise and communicate our love of reading at home to our children. This will encourage our young people to see reading not as Experts suggest that the truth is that

something they do for others, but a

boys DO read - perhaps on digital

grown-up choice of their own. This

gadgets - and that we need to dispel

will motivate them to see themselves

the myth that they don’t read. The

as ‘readers,’ making informed

difference is that many boys don’t

decisions and exploring the world for

read for enjoyment and the books


they choose are often too easy for them. So how can we help? From my own experience, I have been judgmental about the books my sons read - mostly what I perceived as ‘cheat’ books: lots of illustrations; comic-style content, dumbed-down stories and non-fiction texts. But actually, experts in literacy emphasise that it doesn’t matter. We should work with what boys like; whatever the genre, format or size. Educationalists highlight that we shouldn’t underestimate how much the lack of reading enjoyment is a turn-off for boys. It’s about building and cultivating a good habit of reading. Like all skills, reading takes time and needs practice. Secondary schools

My boys’ favourite book, without a doubt: the novella, ‘The Body’ by Stephen King (1982), adapted into the 1986 film Stand by Me. Short and adventurous coming-of-age story. Wonderful.

don’t dedicate time to reading, so we try to do our best to support them at home, when we have a little energy. We should also raise our

Author: Dr Hannah Snow Baud is an

expectations of what boys CAN do in terms of

experienced private tutor and coach for children aged up to 18. She specialises in English Language, English Literature, the humanities and building confidence in learning. She is also mum to 5 children aged 12-19.

reading. In time, with the gentle nudge towards more ambitious and adventurous prose* - perhaps with a nod towards their need for movement


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INDEX Early Education: "Building solid foundations for the future" 

HappiNest ............................................................................................................. 15

The Gift School .................................................................................................. 16

Groupe Philo School ...................................................................................... 17

Waldorf Steiner ................................................................................................. 17

Montessori Education: “Over 110 years of excellence” 

Les Colibris .......................................................................................................... 18

International Education: “Raising bilingual children in France” 

Inernational School of Nice ....................................................................... 22

ICS Côte d'Azur ................................................................................................. 24

The International School of Monaco ................................................... 27

Mougins School ................................................................................................ 27

Catholic Establishments: “An education in tradition and spirituality” 

Institut Fénelon ................................................................................................. 28

École Privée Catholique Saint-Philippe Néri ................................. 28

Gifted Education: “Giving precocious children the education they deserve” 

Mistral Gagnant ................................................................................................. 30

Lycée Privé Michelet ...................................................................................... 31

CRPS Bousquet ................................................................................................. 31

École EIP Galilée ............................................................................................... 31

Overseas Education: "Prestigious Boarding Opportunities"


Millfield Prep School ..................................................................................... 34

Carfax Education: The Appeal of Boarding Schools ................. 36


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HappiNest, the must-see place for families on the French Riviera, has been designed to respond to parents who combine family and professional life. Families in search of happiness, a flourishing and happy family cocoon... Future parents, parents, children but also grandparents, HappiNest accompanies you and helps you flourish, take time for yourself when you need it, entertain yourself, learn, share, and look after your toddler. All of this in a unique, friendly, reassuring, and secure place with passionate experts, available for all your needs! •

120m2 of secure land, friendly and suitable for children as well as adults

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Discover HappiSchool, the private alternative school for kids aged 2 and above.

HappiSchool is an alternative school that looks after your child, encourages their autonomy, develops their selfconfidence, accompanied by a pedagogic and attentive team. Discover our concept without further delay by going to www.happinest.fr Welcome to HappiNest! Welcome home!

Author: Charlotte Spierckel Fondatrice concept HappiNest et HappiSchool www.happinest.fr




he Gift School is an alternative preschool and elementary school for children aged 2-10 years old located just a few kilometers west of Aix-enProvence. The Gift School was founded in 2019 to address the needs of families looking for expanded choices in the kinds of educational experiences available for their children. The Gift School’s learning environment is bilingual, with native English speakers working as teachers and assistants in all classes. A large part of the curriculum is dedicated to environmental awareness and accompanying children as they become the eco-citizens of the future. With 15 pupils max per class, the Gift School mission is to encourage independent thinking and selfconfidence, as the building blocks to all children’s education. Preschool and kindergarten classes are Montessori focused, learning through manipulation, experience and social interaction. Primary school teachers use multiple alternative teaching methods to build a solid bridge

between education and holistic development. Gift School teachers are also trained to work with intellectually gifted children.

Author: Karine Ravel, Director, Gift School. An innovative, bilingual and Eco Citizen School



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roupe Philo School is a private primary school located in Antibes. We accept children between the age of 2 and 11. Our experienced teachers address the specific needs of students as unique individuals.

We offer individualised, small group, and collective lessons in a warm, multi-age environment. Classroom size at all age levels is limited. Our younger students thrive in a Montessori based program while our Elementary students engage in various French and English curricula including Thinking Maps, Singapore Maths, Nelson English and Pilot. Our classrooms are dual language for younger students (French and English) and a targeted individualized approach to language and literacy is applied at the Elementary level. For more information, contact: www.little-philo-school.com

(GPS) Pour trouver son chemin

WALDORF KINDERGARTEN, École Maternelle Privée The International Waldorf Kindergarten of Beausoleil / Monaco welcomes children from the ages of 2 to 6. The children study in French in the mornings and English in the afternoons. The school is situated in a villa surrounded by a lush, treefilled garden above Monaco and overlooking the sea. The educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner strives to develop pupils' intellectual, artistic, and practical skills in an integrated and holistic manner.


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THE RIGHT SCHOOL By: Diego Alvarez Icaza As our children grow up, our concerns about which school is right for them increase. This becomes especially true when they reach collège age. As we watch the physical and psychological changes in them, we develop the intuition that they need to start being prepared for adult life. But, what does being prepared mean? For traditional schools, it means a set of theoretical knowledge known as academics. The Montessori method instead focuses on generating social/sensorial experiences that develop not only academic skills, but also social, emotional and work skills needed in adult life. Building a model, writing a script and doing a budget are good examples of this. As adolescence is the start of the socialization process we incorporate this in the classroom through team work. Think about it, what is easier to remember? a class or hanging out with some friends. A school that is a healthy place for socialization is the right one. 18


Author: Diego Alvarez Icaza has eleven years experience as a Montessori teacher. He works as pedagogical coordinator in Le collège of Les Colibris, an international Montessori school, part of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and the Association of Montessori schools in France.

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École Montessori Les Jardins du Soleil

Le Jardin des Soleils is located in a vast green park in the Bois de Grasse Sud. They have a kindergarten (2 and 3 years old), Children's House (3 to 6 years old) and the Researchers' space (6 to 12 years old). The Maison Bilingue accepts 2 to 9 years old to school in the evening and during school holidays.

École Montessori Antibes

From kindergarten to elementary school, the Montessori school in Antibes, run by Patricia Ruspoli a Montessori educator, offers children aged 3 to 12 an education supervised by qualified Montessori educators, who apply the pedagogy and philosophy of Doctor Maria Montessori ; a pedagogy that develops autonomy, self-confidence, listening to the needs and pace of each child.

EIB École Bilingue International, Pégomas

In a warm climate of respect for others, based on trust, each child flourishes academically and socially, in the heart of nature, on a two hectare domain with swimming pool and gym. EIB welcomes children of all nationalities in small classes, generating a new outlook on education by offering real bilingualism 50% English, 50% French, from the age of 2.


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École Bilingue Montessori de Nice

The bilingual (French/English) nursery & primary school's mission is to allow each child to fully develop their potential and capabilities as collaborative and independent learners. Ideally situated in a green and quiet environment at the top of Fabron Hill, the 2000m2 campus on a 3000m2 piece of land provides all the outdoor space the children need to enjoy themselves.

Graines de Pensées Montessori School

Graines de Pensées Montessori School provides a quality, Montessori, bilingual French/English education in a pleasant environment close to nature. They respect the child’s rhythm and offer a wide range of opportunities for exploration and discovery and create strong bonds between families and school.

École et Collège Montessori Les Pouces Verts à Mouans Sartoux

Founded in 1976 Les Pouces Verts currently welcomes children aged 2 to 15 years old. The Montessori pedagogy promotes the autonomous development of your child through self-correcting sensory material, and personalised support. Children also grow through exposure to the arts, music, languages and singing.



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+ 33 4 93 21 84 93 admissions@isn-nice.com www.isn-nice.com

As I greet our students and families at the main entrance every morning, I hear English and French of course, but also Russian, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Finnish, and Dutch, to name a few of the languages our students speak here at the International School of Nice. ISN welcomes children from age 3 to 18, and we practise a multicultural ethos with students of 42 nationalities and staff from more than 30 countries. We are an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP), IGCSEs and the Diploma Programme (DP). 22


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ur mission is to INSPIRE our diverse community of learners to take a proactive role as responsible global citizens, SUPPORT students to achieve their individual potential and become well-rounded life-long learners, and NOURISH the minds and spirit of our community in a safe, respectful and caring environment. If you peered into one of our classrooms you might catch a glimpse of our students singing along with the teacher to practice their alphabet, painting messages of kindness onto stones for Art, enjoying an escape game on an iPad for Maths, investigating a crime scene for a Forensic Science unit, drafting resolutions for a Model United Nations for Global Politics, or rehearsing for the annual school musical.

Lower School is where each child's future starts. Through a learning environment which establishes collaboration, kindness, curiosity and independence, children are given the best foundation to their education. Through the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), intertwined with the UK National Curriculum, each child is able to develop as a whole - socially, intellectually, emotionally and physically, whilst following an inquiry-based approach to learning. In the New Year, we will be opening a new outdoor classroom, to enable us to deliver STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) based lessons in the inspiring outdoors. We are very excited to start accepting children from 3yrs old from April 2021 into our 'Young Explorers' class. Our Middle School Programme is an international curriculum created by our experienced teachers, where our students are encouraged to become increasingly independent learners. ISN streams students in English, Maths and French to gauge academic abilities, empowering each child to develop their potential. Middle School students’ learning is enhanced through experiences outside of the classroom, such as cave exploring to support an understanding of Humanities, stargazing to bring Physics to life, or watching live performances to complement Art and Language classes. During their High School years, students are guided and supported to reach their potential in a safe and caring environment, and our highly qualified teachers respond to students’ diverse learning styles and challenge them through exciting and innovative practices. Both the IGCSE and the IBDP are frameworks designed to empower students with the skills and qualifications required to access eminent universities. Our school is proud of our 100% pass rate and all our students are accepted to their first choice universities. Students graduate from ISN as empathetic, conscientious and dedicated global citizens, who have spent time volunteering in the community, and who are committed to shaping a fairer, more sustainable future for every person on the planet.

Author Bio Mel Curtis has been a teacher, an academic director, and principal across Europe, the Middle East and North America for over 30 years. She recently joined the International School of Nice as Head of School in November 2020.




ast year saw the appointment of Amanda Scott as the new Head Teacher of ICS Côte d’Azur. As part of our spotlight on education, we interviewed her about ICS Côte d'Azur’s plans for becoming a hub STEM school, and how she envisions leading the school in 2021 24

Enfants d’Azur: Tell us a little about your background and what led you to become an educationalist. Amanda: My first home was England before moving to France in the 1980’s where I developed a method for teaching English to young children within the French National Education system. I also discovered a passion for training teachers during this time. Branching out to the international sector, I taught for 14 years at an international school in Nice before moving into a leadership role. More recently, I have enjoyed 8 years working overseas as principal and director of teaching and learning in Morocco and India. The opportunity to join ICS Côte d’Azur coincided perfectly with my readiness to return to Europe.


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Enfants d’Azur: What is your vision for the school and under your leadership what are your hopes for its future?

Enfants d’Azur: What exciting projects are coming up at ICS Côte d'Azur in 2021 that you can share with us?

Amanda: All of the Globeducate schools worldwide share the same key vision: character development is key to the education of our students. The principles of critical thinking, self-improvement, responsibility, tolerance and respect are reinforced on a daily basis in our schools.

Amanda: Our school was awarded the Apple Distinguished School label in 2019. This means that we are committed to constantly improving and developing critical thinking, collaboration and creative skills that students will need to be successful in a wide range of professions, some of which do not yet exist! We are integrating coding into the curriculum and introducing Lego Education robotics in early 2020. We are also in the process of designing an inspirational space to house and develop our STEM approaches to learning that includes a ‘tinkering lab’ for project-based learning and a green screen so that children can get really creative with their presentations. Once established, we plan to open the space to families so that they can participate in engineering projects together.

A vision that I would like for all our children is to become creative actors of their own service-learning projects. This is where they reflect and wrestle with the question “What does the world need and how can I help fix it?”.

This child-centered approach to inquiry and solution seeking is perfectly aligned with the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) philosophy of learning. We want every child to believe that they can make a difference and have opportunities to practise in authentic contexts.

Our expectation is that the students will be even better equipped for the future as they develop effective collaborative practices, take risks, and accept that resilience grows from struggle and challenge. The ‘trick’ is to deliver this message skillfully and purposefully through fun and innovative learning experiences.

Enfants d’Azur: How does the school deliver an ‘international’ education? Amanda: ICS Côte d’Azur offers a truly bilingual education, while embracing a diverse community of over 25 nationalities. Our students benefit from an engaging, inquiry-based learning journey, carefully charted for each child. Although the school is classified “hors contract” in France, our literacy and numeracy curriculum are closely aligned with the UK and French national standards.

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+ 33 4 93 64 32 84 admissions@icscotedazur.fr www.icscotedazur.fr


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ABC International School, Nice Founded in 1987, the school welcomes students from kindergarten to 12th grade. They prepare students for Baccalauréat genéral & the “Primary Program” of the University of Cambridge. On Wednesday mornings they hold Chinese and English lessons. ABC also organize language stays in their manor house in Scotland.

Collège Montessori International "Les Esprits Libres" In Thorenc in the Préalpes d'Azur regional natural park, the “Les Esprits Libres” collège supports free choice, curiosity and fun through teen activities. The kids make the decisions. They can accommodate up to 28 teenagers from 11 to 15 years. This is a great choice for teens who might benefit from a calm environment, close to nature. The school provides individual monitoring, and a non-toxic diet.



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Centre International de Valbonne – Sophia Antipolis Located in the heart of Sophia Antipolis, a stone's throw from Cannes, Nice airport, Monaco and winter sports resorts (Isola 2000, Auron), the CIV takes full advantage of all its perks to attract students from more than 46 nationalities. Its landscaped park in the heart of Aleph pines, its sports facilities (Golf, Tennis, Valmasque Natural Park) make the CIV a wonderful place to study.

International School of Monaco The International School of Monaco offers education to nearly 700 students from 55 countries, aged from 3 to 18. Achieving results that open doors to the finest universities and employment opportunities in the world, they encourage students to develop a passion for learning & a capacity for independent thinking and to be internationally-minded, ready to take their place in the global society.

Mougins School Located on the Côte d’Azur, Mougins School welcomes students aged 3 to 18 and offers the British curriculum, adapted to international students. Students are given a first-class education thus producing excellent examination results. Sports, Art, Music and Drama play an important part in the curriculum and the broad programme allows each student to reach their potential and move on to higher education in prestigious universities.


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Institute Fénelon École Jeanne d'Arc, Grasse

The school aims to allow each child to develop his own individual talents through education and become the men and women of tomorrow. An enriching catholic education where the values of respect, solidarity and tolerance are developed, teachers are committed to the physical intellectual and spiritual development of each child and students will leave with the confidence to make their mark in society and the world.

École Privée Saint-Philippe Néri, Antibes

Education is not just about acquiring knowledge and learning skills. The school has an intellectual, moral and spiritual dimension. Its mission is “… to make every man worthy of man.” The education provided is aimed at children and young people as they are today, marked by the values and limitations of the time.

École Saint Vincent de Paul, Nice

École Saint Vincent de Paul welcomes children as they are, will consider them as beings in the making, capable of evolution and development. They support children’s development at their own pace and personal journey. They mobilize energies around common projects, allow autonomy by promoting the assumption of responsibilities and ensure a daily ministry of encouragement.



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École Collège Lycée Privé Saint Barthélemy

The Saint Barthélemy School welcomes young people from kindergarten to high school in a climate of respect and trust shared with families. The entire educational and pedagogical team offer a safe environment conducive to learning. Christian values aid the development of individual talents and selfknowledge which in turn builds confidence.


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After several years spent in traditional school structures, C. Vacelet and J. Ruiz, the founders, decided to create the Cours Privé Mistral Gagnant in order to help school-phobic students rediscover a taste for learning. Located in the port district of Nice, a stone's throw from Place Arson, this noncontract elementary and secondary school welcomes students from CP to 3ème grade. Its added value: to offer personalised support in multi-level classes with reduced numbers. The method is based on a differentiated pedagogy based on national education programs. The students thus gain autonomy and develop their selfconfidence, in a serene and benevolent atmosphere. É TA B L I S S E M E N T D’E N S E I G N E M E N T É L É M E N TA I R E E T S ECO N DA I R E




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Lycée Privé Michelet , Nice The Lycée Privé Michelet is the first establishment in France to have opened middle school classes for intellectually precocious children. The collège offers a tailored education in order to lead them as far as possible in their school career and give them the chance to achieve their professional goals later.

CRPS Bousquet, Nice CRPS Bousquet in Nice welcome precocious children, those with school phobias or learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, ADD / HD and high functioning asperger children. Their pedagogy is the result of more than twenty years of research, experience and developed pedagogical responses adapted for these children. They work closely with medical professionals: neuropsychologists, psychologists, doctors, speech therapists, orthoptists.

Ecole EIP Galilée - Saint Maximin la Sainte Baume École EIP Galilée private school offer a pedagogy adapted to the cognitive functioning of precocious children where the global processing of learning predominates over sequential processing. The gifted child thinks differently and in a rather complex way. They need to understand the purpose in order to become fully involved. It is also essential to teach them to learn and make choices so they can reach their full potential.


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In FRANCE IBS of Provence An international boarding & day school since 1984 near Aix en Provence. Offering the French national curriculum & the international baccalaureate. For 2 to 18 years olds (10 to 18 Boarding) The school promotes tolerance and mutual exchanges between its pupils, who come from all over the world. By offering a totally bilingual and personalised education IBS steers its pupils towards a greater desire to learn, develop and exchange ideas.

L'École de Tersac A private boarding school, based in Meilhan-sur-Garonne since 1964, committed to preparing students from sixième to terminale for the French baccalauréat and a responsible, enterprising and balanced adult life. Tersacais are constantly learning how to make the best of themselves. They acquire Knowledge, Savoir-Être and Savoir-Vivre through their honed educational model. This personal requirement and rigor form a particular ethic that allows everyone to rise.

IN THE UK Haileybury Haileybury is academically selective. They provide a holistic education that balances academic achievement with the development of character, resilience and leadership. Their goal is for our young men and women to leave Haileybury fully equipped with the life skills and the academic credentials necessary for them to flourish in a competitive global employment market.

Sherborne School Sherborne (All Boys) is a strong community, in which intellectual inquiry is prized, sporting achievement celebrated, and artistic and musical endeavour deeply valued. They foster the conditions in which boys learn how to look out for their friends and neighbours, in which they develop habits of consideration and politeness that prepare them for the rest of their lives.



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Bruton School for Girls Bruton School for Girls is a school for the real world, where through a broad and balanced curriculum and excellent pastoral care and support, they prepare girls for life beyond education. Their girls leave equipped with inner strength, resilience and outer confidence ready to take on new challenges and navigate life's ups and downs.

Downside School Downside Catholic Boarding & Day School is uncompromising in the pursuit of academic ‘excellence’ and aims to develop the character of your child, emphasising the importance of moral courage, integrity and service to others. The highest standards are aimed for in sports and the arts. The school endeavours, to provide a sense of ‘the poetry of life’, a sense of its beauty, form, mystery and joy.

King's College Taunton Kings College aims to provide a Woodard Education, rooted in a Christian ethos, for boys and girls aged 13 to 18. They encourage a love of learning which goes beyond the formal curriculum, to develop independent, searching minds and to encourage pupils to realise their full academic potential, ready for university and other tertiary studies.

Charterhouse Charterhouse is a UK leading independent boarding and day school, providing an outstanding education for boys and girls aged 13 to 18. The School is moving to full coeducation from the age of 13. They look forward to welcoming their first girls into Year 9 in September 2021. They aim to equip pupils to lead fulfilled and purposeful lives by providing an all-round education based on Christian values.

Mill Hill School Mill Hill develops thoughtful, motivated and responsible young people with a global outlook. Their pupils are excited by the challenge of learning; they help them to thrive and find their own path to happiness and success through the range of opportunities presented by the Mill Hill School Foundation.


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Millfield and Millfield Prep are worldclass British independent schools in rural England; they have the drive and ambition to break the mould as activist educators to provide an education and experience that allows everyone to discover their brilliance.


illfield Prep School is the perfect starting point for any family hoping to discover and nurture their child’s individual talents. With over 110 boarders from age 7 up to 12 and from 19 different nationalities, Millfield Prep is a rare and exciting environment full of possibilities for young children. The school is within an hour drive from both Bristol and Exeter airports. Unique to many other boarding schools, boarders at Millfield Prep enjoy a full weekend programme of activities after compulsory Saturday lessons, taking part in over 20 different sports including sailing, tennis and horse-riding. The facilities are unrivalled: pupils have unlimited access to the on campus equestrian centre, swimming pool and golf course at the 200 acre site in Glastonbury, as well as the world-class provision at Millfield which includes a 50m Olympic swimming pool and industry leading indoor golf and cricket centres. “My daughter says that even if the school was next door to our house, she would still want to board, which is a lovely testament to the care the children receive at Millfield Prep.” Millfield Prep boarding parent.



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Academically, Millfield Prep pupils regularly perform well above the national average with recent Year 8 pupils scoring 21% in the Nationally Standardised Science progress tests, against a national average of 4%. From age seven, pupils begin learning French, Spanish and Latin with non-native English speakers able to seek additional support through the school’s well-resourced English as an Additional Language (EAL) department. Extra-curricular Mandarin and Russian are available to all years by private arrangement.

Well-known former Millfield Prep students include Belgian-British racing driver Lando Norris, who is currently competing in Formula One with McLaren, British Olympic swimmer James Guy and singer Ella Eyre.

www.millfieldschool.com Millfield Prep School @MillfieldPrep @millfieldschool

Ninety-five percent of Millfield Prep pupils move up to Millfield Senior School at the end of Year 8, where Millfield Prep students are automatically allocated a place: meaning children can be entirely focused on their education with no re-entry examinations or tests.



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he appeal of a boarding education continues to hold a special allure for both parents and pupils alike. For parents, there is the thought of their child safely protected in a beautiful location, whilst learning from the brightest of minds, in buildings that have educated generations of alumni. For pupils, there is the magical appeal of independence, seizing opportunities to try new subjects and activities and enjoying a ‘Harry Potter’ experience. Boarding has always offered parents a chance to give their children a top level of education, even if it is not accessible nearby. It opens up opportunities for children to be educated in a stable environment within a system of 24-hour wraparound pastoral care. British and Swiss boarding schools are renowned across the globe not only for the high quality education they offer but for 36


the ethos and values that they instil in their pupils; the blend of tradition and innovation as well as the wide range of opportunities beyond the academic curriculum that are available to all of their pupils. Finding the right school for your child is a formidable task. Schools share some characteristics in common: the quality of the teaching, the range of subjects and the welldefined progression paths to the next school or to university and, of course, the fees! What really differentiates the leading boarding schools is the ‘hidden curriculum’ which is embedded in the boarding environment; team working, taking responsibility, communicating with a broad social range, learning about resilience. Skills that will prepare children for life way beyond their school days.

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if your child has the right academic profile for these schools so you can ensure a smooth transition and set your child up for success.

So how do you go about finding the right school for your child? As Education Consultants we always invite families to consider which aspects of the school are most important to them so we can draw up a list of “non negotiables”. This may be academic standards, a particular extra-curricular activity or the pastoral support. Will your child flourish best in a single sex or co-ed environment? Will they thrive in the cut and thrust of a large academically selective school or a smaller school with a cosy family environment? Will a town or country location suit them best? And for many families a convenient location is key. Then there is the admissions system to work out. For many academically selective schools this process can start as early as Year 5, even though a child would not be taking up a place until Year 9. 6th form applications tend to close early in the Autumn term in Year 11. Before applying it is important to establish

There are always anxieties about how your child will cope academically without day to day parental supervision. Will they fit in at the new school and develop lasting friendships? These and many other questions are bound to spring to mind. But a good boarding school will enable a child to learn academically and grow in a stimulating, diverse and actionpacked environment which will help them become more self-confident, independent and resilient young people.

Author: Fiona Mckenzie MA Head of Education, Carfax Consultants. Fiona has worked with hundreds of families guiding them to make the best educational choices for their children whether at school or university level. Carfax Education offer bespoke solutions for each family’s education needs with school’s guidance, private tutoring, residential placements, homeschooling, university preparation and careers mentoring. www.carfax-education.mc


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The best interests of the child under French law, in the event of separation As we approach the annual holiday celebrations, in these unusual COVID-19 times, our attention focuses more than usual on protecting our children not just from the tensions of the outside world but also from those which may arise within the home. 38


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When parents separate, they may differ over decisions to be made, whilst at the same time setting aside personal differences to concentrate on the child’s best interests. Where this proves difficult, one or both parents can resort to mediation and, if need be, refer the matter to the family court judge in the district where the child lives. The French family court judge, where they have jurisdiction, will assess the situation so as to minimise any negative impact on the child's wellbeing, and ensure that they are not caught in the middle of parental conflict. Before sorting out the visiting rights of both parents, the country of residence must be decided upon.

l’entretien et à l’éducation) and is calculated on the annual income of the parents and their choice of education. Maintenance continues until the child is financially independent (eg in pursuit of higher education) and can be paid directly to the child once s/he comes of age, with the agreement of the paying parent or the authorisation of the family judge.

Exercising parental authority Maintenance differs from “parental authority” (autorité parentale) which refers to custody of the child which can only be withdrawn from a parent by the judge under exceptional circumstances (such as violence).

The child's place of residence When deciding on the child’s main residence or alternating residences, the judge will take into account their best interests.

However, this will not prevent the affected parent from having to participate in the maintenance and upbringing of the child and from being informed of important decisions relating to his/her life.

Current case law is moving towards alternating residence, applying the law of March 4, 2002 on parental authority. Joint residence, that is, one week with one parent and one with the other, is considered the most egalitarian form of childcare, allowing the child to flourish

While the guiding principles of the best interests of the child may appear universal, in practice the French judge uses a strict interpretation of international texts, the French civil code and French case law.

with each parent.

In all cases, any parental consent or legal decision can be revised if one of the parents raises new elements for consideration or a fundamental shift in circumstances.

This solution is recommended less when the child is young or in specific cases proving that joint residence is not in the child’s best interest.

Author: Nathalie Harrop, originally from the

Financial stability for the child In France, maintenance for children is called “the contribution to the maintenance and education of the child” (la contribution à

UK, is a qualified French lawyer specialising in property and family law, helping expat families when settling on the Côte d’Azur and also when separating.


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NEW BEGINNINGS A PRACTICAL BABY REGISTRY CHECKLIST DURING A PANDEMIC By Divya Rabindra With the ongoing global pandemic, life is simply not the same as before. You can't just stroll around and get the feel for items in the flesh. Now how about the expectant parents, who have hundreds of items to put together in a baby registry to welcome their new bundle of joy without the normalcy of shopping. It’s a daunting process to choose the needs and wants, given the variety of products and brands on the market. Here we bring you a list of essentials to gear up for life's ultimate adventure.

Tried and Tested: Chicco Parc Foldable Play Yard served as a safe place for my baby while I cooked or bathed and it can be set up and down in minutes for traveling parents. Graco Milestone Siège Auto All in One is a car seat which evolves with your child and can be used from birth to 36kgs ( 0-5 yrs )

Baby Gear Essentials Motherhood calls for multitasking and that is exactly what this gear offers. From the ride home from the hospital to taking a peaceful walk in the park this list surely helps.

1. Baby carrier or sling

Nursery Essentials Decorating the nursery is special and this basic list can get you started. You can always add on to suit your needs.

2. Infant car seat

1. Crib and sheets

3. Stroller

2. Mattress

4. Play Yard

3. Baby Monitor 4. Rocking chair 5. Baby lounger for co-sleeping



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Tried and Tested: Vtech audio-only baby monitor saved me from several trips up and down the stairs to check on my little one. With it’s clear audio, long range and battery, you are sure to hear the tiniest sounds and cries.

to resist the temptation to buy too much clothing in advance. This list of bare basics should suffice to start with.

1. 4-8 onesies (shoulder flaps and snaps under crotch) 2. 4-8 side snap tees 3. 4-8 footie pants and pyjamas 4. Socks 5. Hats 6. No-scratch mittens 7. Premium cotton cellular blankets

Feeding Essentials Feeding babies/kids is a challenging and fulfilling feat for any parent and this list preps you to begin.

Did you know? the shoulder flaps actually have a purpose! By stretching out the flaps, you bring the onesie down through the torso and bottom to avoid any blowouts or spit ups over the baby’s face.

1. Breast pump 2. Nursing pads 3. Formula 4. Bottles and nipples 5. Burp cloths 5. Nursing pillow Tried and Tested: I loved the Niimo pillow.

Diapering Essentials A time where you need a clothespin over your nose but will get used to it in no time, not the clothespin but the diapering we mean. Here is a quick list.

1. Disposable new-born diapers 2. Cloth diapers 3. Unscented baby wipes 4. Diaper cream 5. Diaper bag

Baby Clothing This department is tricky as it induces a tremendous amount of Awwws but try

Tried and Tested: I used a BabbleRoo diaper backpack with waterproof changing mat. I found it stylish yet functional.


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Bath and Health Essentials This list prepares you for the basic grooming and health needs.

1. Baby bathtub 2. Baby shampoo/body wash 3. Hooded baby towels

moms like you and me, who use sustainable methods and local resources to bring us comfortable, fashionable and eco-friendly products. Our local community needs us now more than ever. So let's support our local businesses and the mompreneurs who have certainly raised the bar high for mommy fashion.

Seraphine: For moms who love high-end

4. Soft washcloths

fashion from essentials to evening wear. The store is run by a Paris mom, innovative and practical maternity clothes designed in London and loved by celebs and royals. www.seraphine.fr

5. Baby lotion 6. Baby nail clippers 7. Baby thermometer 8. Pacifiers

Envie de Fraise: Designed and

Tried and Tested: I used OKBABY Jelly foldable bath support and always cut my baby’s nails while asleep.

manufactured in France, this store boasts trendy and chic maternity clothing for the modern mom-to-be. www.enviedefraise.com

Joli Bump: This store offers pregnancy fashion clothes made of organic and natural fabrics. This is for all the eco-conscious moms out there. www.jolibump.com/fr

Emoi Emoi: Do you fancy cool statement family sweatshirts, mom & me t-shirts, fun mugs, house decor, engraved jewelry and accessories? Then this is for you www.emoi-emoi.com

With the basic checklist above, it’s time to browse through the essentials and more either in stores or online. Wait! Before you type Amazon on your computer or phone, we would like to shed some light on a few local stores on the Riviera who cater to all baby related needs with competitive prices and high quality and to also list stores that are started by 42


For simple, budget-friendly storebrand maternity and baby wardrobe basics that I personally prefer, the below stores are excellent:

Autourdebebe: www.autourdebebe.com

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Aubert: www.aubert.com Vertbaudet: www.vertbaudet.fr Kiabi: www.kiabi.com

Island Aux P’tits Loups: This is a well-stocked, organised and a lovely consignment store/ sale deposit for children 0-16 yrs.I believe in the 3R’s (Reuse, Reduce, Recycle). I have mostly shopped in consignment stores for my daughter who has a growth spurt every 3 months and I have found the best brands in great condition for a great bargain. So do check them out at: www.facebook.com/ileauxptitsloups06700

Self Care Gifts for New Mums

mostly takes a backseat for a new mum. We

Do you ever knowingly let your phone

would like to list a few self care gifts or ideas

battery die on you? No, we always take every opportunity to keep it alive and fully charged. It is rather sad to think of ourselves

for a new mum in your life, some costing absolutely nothing but your love, time, and support.

as a gadget but that’s the world we live in. We have to recharge time and again for mental, emotional and physical health


Bring them prepared meals or give them the gift of a meal kit delivery

because self care is the best care which

service like www.hellofresh.fr (our favorite). 2.

I have reheated my tea/coffee countless times and I am sure all mums have done this. Get her a solid insulated

Individual and group coaching From 5 to 107 years old !

cup. You can never go wrong with this one. 3.

A funny book on parenting will always put things in a lighter perspective. My

Reveal and develop your potential while playing !

personal favorite is Sippy Cups Are Not

Learn how to Be Yourself


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At-Home-Spa gift box of essential oil

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Memory foam slippers as the ever tired mum's feet need some pampering too. Volunteer to go grocery shopping because that’s the last thing the new mum wants to do.


Gift her a weekly/monthly cleaning service and this will take a massive load off her.


A journal to vent in,, to plan, to be grateful or simply doodle.


Offering zero judgemental conversation and being present can do wonders for new mums.

10. Instant pot with your top 5 quick and simple handwritten recipes.

Miss Mam: This store is situated in the heart of old Antibes and has plenty of parking places nearby. Lucie, the owner, is warm, welcoming and full of good suggestions if you need one. This is a one stop shop for everything baby with affordable prices and partners with a great deal of brands. This shop also offers rental service for childcare items. Check out the store at www.missmam.fr 44


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5 SELF-DEFENCE TIPS Every Woman Should Know 1. Situational Awareness Knowing where you are, what transport is available and what the neighbourhood is like is critical in avoiding a dangerous situation. This becomes particularly important when alcohol and other substances are involved as a potential attacker can exploit any vulnerability in a potential victim.

 When out for the evening, plan in advance your transport home and how you will get from a venue to your transport.

 If something doesn’t feel right, stay in a safe place with friends.

2. Assertive Body Language In any random assault, it is likely that a victim has been observed and chosen, due to the way they stand, move, their ability to maintain intense eye contact and the tone of their voice. By employing these strategies in day-to-day life, girls and ladies can reduce the likelihood of being a victim.

 Stand tall; walk confidently with shoulders

 Know where your friends are at all times.

back and hands out of pockets.

 In a bar, don’t leave your drink unattended

 People instinctively look away if being

or accept one from unknown people.

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contact with a potential attacker can result in them deciding against any kind of aggression.

 Communicate with a loud voice and be willing to shout and scream if a threat persists. This in conjunction with the above strategies can stop a potential attack before it has even started.

3. Direct groin strike Male attackers are significantly stronger than a female victim. A direct kick or knee to the groin even with medium force can potentially paralyse your attacker and enable your escape. To perform this strike:

4. Eye gouge

 Keep your gaze on your attackers’ eyes, looking lower could telegraph your intentions.

 Maintain your balance with your weight distributed equally on both feet.

 Lean back, hips forward, and kick or knee forcefully striking upwards into the groin.

Like the groin, eyes are very vulnerable. Pokes and gouges can be useful against multiple situations, particularly face on attacks. Slide both hands in between an attacker's arms, grip the side of his head with both hands and bury your thumbs directly into his eye sockets to make him release his grip.

5. Improvised weapons Carrying weapons is prohibited in Europe however there are everyday household items that can prove very useful.


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Umbrella: Umbrellas are fantastic self-defence weapons as they allow you to defend yourself from a distance and also have pointed ends to poke with. Keys: Holding a set of keys in a clenched fist with one or two protruding, you have an improvised weapon that could severely lacerate an attacker’s face. Attached to a strong lanyard, they could be swung at an attackers’ face giving the safety of increased distance before escaping.

Flashlight: a small high-powered flashlight can be used to dazzle an attacker and can easily fit in a purse or pocket. Anything available: anything that happens to be in the area that can be improvised to throw or strike with such as a hot drink, stones, or household and garden tools. 48


About the author: Alex O’Connor has been training in various forms of combat sports for over 30 years and has been training clients on the French Riviera in self-defence for the past 9 years. He runs kids and adult classes and regular self-defence seminars for girls and women. His website is www.azur-training.com and can be followed on Instagram at @azurtraining.

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Enfants d’Azur’s medical expert, Dr. Mona Moussalli, a paediatric dentist, says, “In order for your child to have healthy teeth and gums throughout their life, it is important that you help your child to take good care of them from birth”. So, what is the best way to take care of your child's teeth at the following critical stages: 0-5 years, 6-9 years and 10-15 years? 0-5 years old: Brush the teeth from the moment your child gets their first tooth, and if your child uses a pacifier, try to wean them off it by the time they are 3 years old. 50


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According to Dr. Moussalli, as soon as your child gets his or her first tooth, a toothbrush and toothpaste should be used. She recommends that your child’s teeth be brushed twice a day using a soft toothbrush with a small head. Use baby toothpaste that contains fluoride relevant to the child’s age. When your child is under 3½ years old, an amount corresponding to half of their little fingernail must be used. When the child is over 3½ years old, the amount can be increased so that it corresponds to a whole little fingernail. Once the child has got his or her baby molars, it is a good idea to start flossing in between the teeth, since a lot of cavities start there.

Additionally, you should never dip the pacifier in sugar or honey as it can cause cavities. The same is true if you give your baby juice or sweet drinks in a feeding bottle. Only give your baby milk or water in a bottle. However, make sure not to give the baby anything other than water in their feeding bottle at night, as milk contains lactose that helps to create cavities in the teeth.

When it comes to using a pacifier, Dr. Moussalli says that there is no need to be worried about the teeth. She explains children have a natural need for a pacifier, and it can be fine for a short period of time. However, she advises that you should try to avoid your child using one excessively. ENFANTS D’AZUR MAGAZINE

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6-9 years old: Train your child to brush their teeth themselves and pay attention to the first permanent molar. When the child is between 6 and 9 years old, Dr. Moussalli advises parents to continue helping with the brushing, since a child is not capable of brushing the teeth correctly themselves. Now it is fine to use the family's normal toothpaste as long as it contains fluoride. It is good to train your child to brush their teeth themselves, but always brush them again yourself afterwards and do not forget to floss. Around the age of 6, your child gets their first permanent molar. They come behind the baby teeth and can be difficult to see when they first emerge. It is important to brush the first molar from the start. If they are difficult to reach, you should try turning the toothbrush sideways. The first molar has a high risk of cavities and is normally sealed at dental clinics to avoid this. Dr. Moussalli emphasizes the importance of a healthy diet on your child’s oral health. What your child eats, and drinks plays an important role in the care of their teeth. Choose healthy and varied foods that your child likes and save on foods and beverages that are high in sugar. Give your child water or milk to quench their thirst during the day, and only let them drink sweet drinks on special occasions. It may be a good idea to introduce 1 day each week where your child is allowed to have candy, and then drop it completely for the rest of the week. 52


10-15 years old: Make sure your child does not get too many sweet things. At the age of 10, you no longer need to help your child brush their teeth, but you need to check that they are doing it properly. Continue making sure that the child gets a healthy and varied diet and try to avoid your child snacking on sweet things but instead eats fruit or vegetables as a snack. If your child eats sweets all the time, there is a great risk that they will eventually get cavities in their teeth. Therefore, try to limit the child's intake of sweets to a maximum of once a week, e.g., in the form of Friday sweets. It is also important to pay attention to what your child is drinking. Thirst should be quenched with water or milk, and sodas and juices should be limited to ½ litre per week. The acid and sugar in sweet drinks really damages the teeth and creates cavities. When your child is between 10 and 13 years old, the last baby teeth become loose and fall out. However, as Dr. Moussalli explains, it may happen that

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new teeth appear in front of or behind the old baby teeth, so that the child has 'double teeth' for a period of time. Eventually they will fall out by themselves, but if this is not the case you should contact your child's dentist.

Around the age of 12, children get 4 new second molars and they come out behind the first molar. As with the first molar, it is important to brush the second molar well from the start. As with the first molars the second molar in most cases also needs to be sealed in order to protect it from cavities later in life.

THE EXPERT Dr. Mona Moussalli Paediatric Dentist Kidz-Doc Antibes


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Kellee, Cedric and their little princess, Lexie from Simple Life Builders have recently taken minimalism and sustainability to the "next level" by following their dreams and joining the "Tiny House Movement". They are currently building a tiny house on wheels. Tell us a little about yourselves. What got you interested in tiny houses and where did the idea come from to build your We are a French-Kiwi couple, own to live in full-time? passionate about making the most of our lives by following our

We were obsessed with watching tiny house

audacious and sometimes crazy

programs and documentaries. We fell in love with the

dreams. Our latest adventure is

idea for a few reasons. The fact that it forces you to

pausing our successful businesses

become more minimalist has always been a pull for

(Kellee’s Hair Design and Riviera and

us, but the financial freedom side of the tiny house

What to do Riviera/Antibes) in order

movement has been the biggest. Tiny house living

to pursue a dream which is aligned

usually means no or low mortgage which enables

with our values by DIY building our

more freedom. We are also free to go wherever we

very own tiny house on wheels.

choose because our little home is on wheels!



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Tell us about the legislations surrounding building a tiny house on the Côte d’Azur, France.

Can anyone do this? Absolutely! It certainly isn’t for everyone but there are huge benefits. There are so many choices around design, size, price

https://tinyhousefrance.org/ Is an amazing

and whether you choose to build with a

resource for information around tiny house

professional or DIY. We chose to build

legislations in France, but it really boils

ourselves because Kellee has a passion for

down to your local council. Tiny house

the building industry and secretly has quite

classification is still very much a grey area

a bit of skill up her sleeves. Kellee has been

in France and some councils are happy to

a builder’s hand and worked for a design

welcome tiny house living, some, not so

and build company so this project is perfect

much. Tiny Houses are generally classed as


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“fancy caravans”. To take your “caravan” on

for 15,000€ using mainly second-hand

the road you need to be under a certain size,

materials. It is quite common to spend

height and weight.

around 60 - 70,000€ or more if you were to build with a professional company.

How did you find your land to park and live in your tiny house? Have you rented or purchased the land? At this stage we are lucky enough to have

How did having a four year old child impact your decision to go ‘tiny’? How have you designed your space with your daughter in mind?

land with family, but it is very popular to rent

We think it's amazing that she is watching

land. We may look at buying land later and

her parents build a home with their own

build a bigger fixed home. We love the fact

hands. She is adorable and always talks

we would be able to live in the tiny house

about her “tiny house camping car” (her

whilst constructing the fixed home.

affectionate name for it). She has her own

How much did you budget for your tiny house? How much are tiny houses in general?

toolbox and can happily spend hours playing with the wooden offcuts, mud and sawdust whilst we are building. We have designed the tiny house with her in mind

Due to the fact we are building ourselves

in the way of privacy and safety. We have a

we are saving a lot. We are looking to spend

full height walkway that will go between the

somewhere between 30 – 40,000€. This

2 mezzanine bedrooms. Her bedroom will

is for a very good quality, medium-high

have an option to close completely or be

spec mini home. The price range is huge!

semi open.

You could probably build a tiny house 56


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You run the group @FrenchRivieraMinimalism where you talk about sustainable living, recycling, reuse and using less of the world’s resources. Tell us how you plan to bring these elements into your tiny house life. recycling, composting and trying to adopt a minimalist mindset when purchasing items, but here are a few elements we are bringing into our build.

organised with materials, we always seem to self-education has gone into this build, there are so many questions every day, but we get there with the help of the internet/YouTube and Cedric's family, who are amazing. We

What helpful advice would you give to others interested in going tiny?

TPO roof which you can safely both household use and drinking. We are using 12 or 24 volt lighting and electrical products where we can.

anticipated and as much as you try and be

ourselves with safety and lifestyle in mind.

Composting toilet (which

collect and filter rainwater for

Everything takes much longer than we

have designed the layout and framing plans

apparently doesn’t smell!) •

We have definitely had plenty of challenges!

forget a little something. A huge amount of

We already do many things around

Tell us about the process, what you have learned and any if you have had to overcome any challenges so far?

1) Feel the fear and do it anyway! 2) Don’t worry about other people’s judgement if it’s something you really want to do. 3) Don’t shortcut on your research.

Eventually we like the idea of going with solar power but initially we will be attaining power

Kellee, Cedric and our little princess xx

traditionally. •

Currently we have a huge supply of vegetables and fruit from

Scan this QR code to find some of Kellee & Cedric’s best Tiny House resources.

the garden which is something we love and will continue when possible. •

In general, tiny house living equals a lower carbon footprint.

Most of our materials for the build are eco-friendly.

Follow their journey on instagram, youtube and facebook @SimpleLifeBuilders


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Home Staging Tips: How to Prepare Your Home to Sell

© Tim Mcguffog

Many of us are ready to put 2020 behind us with a move in 2021. If you’re looking to sell your home in the New Year, there are several ways you can get your property ready to optimise its appeal to your future buyers.

1. Declutter The first step towards getting your property ready to sell is to get rid of old and rarely used items, yes that means long abandoned exercise equipment or broken pieces of furniture! If 2020 has blessed us with anything, it’s

Here are five tips to get started.

plenty of time at home, and a big declutter is the first step towards getting your property ready to welcome potential buyers.



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2. Repair minor issues

© Tim Mcguffog

Each individual house or apartment is very different, so this is an important point to discuss with your real estate agent, who should be able to advise you what is best for your situation. Depending on the type of buyer you’re looking to appeal to, it may or may not be worth doing some minor renovation work. Often, a quick repaint or repair of any small issues can give your property the facelift it deserves. The more work a buyer feels they need to do, the more they may be tempted to negotiate. Quality finishings leave a great impression that many buyers are willing to pay for. canvas where they can imagine creating their own life and memories. This isn’t easy to do surrounded by quirky holiday souvenirs, family photos or children’s toys. If it isn’t possible to remove this type of item for your visits, try to at least depersonalise as much as possible for your listing photos.

4. Clean This may seem like an obvious one, but a clean

© Tim Mcguffog

and well-presented home allows the buyer to see the home at its best. A sink overflowing

3. Depersonalise

with dishes or dirty laundry on the floor isn’t how most buyers want to picture their future home

Unlike any other purchase, buying residential

(even though we all know it can often be the

property (rental investment aside) is a


sentimental process. Any potential buyer must be able to imagine themselves living

As with the points mentioned above, it’s much

there. This part is often difficult for a seller, as

easier for a buyer to envisage their own projects

a home is such a personal space, often filled

in a clean and tidy house. It’s all about making a

with precious memories. Sellers need to aim,

buyer feel welcome and comfortable, so much

where possible, to give new buyers a blank

so that they want to make you an offer!


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© Tim Mcguffog

5. Home Staging and Photos An excellent presentation of your home on its listing advert is truly essential to target the right buyers. The photos are the first impression buyers will have of your property and they need to be an honest reflection of the space, while showing it in its best possible light. The right angles and set up are the secrets to a good set of listing photos.

© Tim Mcguffog

Depending on the type of property you are selling, home staging, physical or virtual, may be advantageous. Be sure to discuss your options with your estate agent. The basic rule is to empty and refill spaces. Empty out any clutter or personal items and refill with neutral decor objects, green plants are excellent for filling space. Setting the scene with a breakfast, or bottle of wine where appropriate, is often a nice touch. The key is to always remember the 60


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emotional aspect of the sale, you’re selling a life project, which is a lot more than just a property. Remember this and you’ll be on the right track to finding your perfect buyer.

Author: Keely Barrett is an international real estate consultant on the French Riviera Email: keely@abitan-immobilier.com



Since relocating to the South of France 11 years ago, I’ve helped many international clients find their dream home in the sun. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a villa or apartment, I’ll guide you in your project from A-Z, in English or in French, providing bespoke property finding services and free valuations.

Keely BARRETT International Real Estate Consultant


Follow me : @keelylisebarrett

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Galette des Rois By Sue Stokes



2 circles of ready-made pastry (pâte feuilletée) 

apricot jam (confiture d'abricots)

buy your Galette des Rois with your

100g butter at room temperature

Christmas shopping, then now is the time to

100g sugar

1 egg

100g  ground almonds (poudre d'amandes)

Almond essence

alette des Rois is a french traditional pastry eaten to celebrate Epiphany. If you didn’t

make your own ready for January 6th.

Here is a quick recipe using store bought frozen flaky pastry.



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Method: •

Switch oven on to 200C/ fan 180°C / gas mark 6.

Put one circle of pastry on a lined baking tray and spread with apricot jam as desired leaving a small border round the edge. My pastry circle was too big for my baking tray so I used a dinner plate to cut out a smaller circle.

Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg. Stir in the ground almonds and few drops of almond essence.

Spread the mixture evenly over the jam and brush the edges of the pastry with water. 

Cover with the second circle of pastry, pressing the edges to seal.

With a sharp knife, score the top of the pastry from the centre to the edges like the spokes of a wheel or another pattern of your choice. 

Brush with beaten egg and bake for 25-30 mins until crisp and golden. Serve warm or cold.


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What is La Chandeleur? by Holly Grattan

It’s a religious holiday in France celebrated by eating a lot of crêpes.

Why crêpes? Crêpes look like the sun. This symbolic shape was a way of looking forward to the end of winter and the days getting longer. It was also a good way to use up any leftover wheat before the new harvest.

Why February 2nd? The religious aspect On this day it is said that Jesus was presented at the temple in Jerusalem. Originally, like so many religious holidays, La Chandeleur was adapted from pagan traditions celebrating the fertility of the earth and the beginning of the end of winter.

handed out galettes (a type of salty crepe) to travellers passing through Rome and another link to the custom of eating crepes on the 2nd of February each year. In my family, every year we skip our main dinner and just have crêpes and the kids absolutely love it! ….well as long as there is Nutella involved which there is – loads! La Chandeleur is not to be confused with Shrove Tuesday which in many countries is also associated with eating pancakes.

History tells us of candle light processions which took place on this day in Rome in the 5th century where Pope Gelasius is said to have



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In France, Shrove Tuesday is called Mardi Gras and is actually a day when traditionally they ate fatty foods in preparation for fasting that began on Ash Wednesday.

So what is the traditional way to eat crêpes for La Chandeleur? Well, they say that on La Chandeleur you can’t just whip up a batch of crêpes like you would on an ordinary day. Instead, they are usually eaten in the evening and there are many superstitions to follow. Now, I am not superstitious in the slightest and we don’t actually follow the superstitions but, I love that my children being English, living in France, and going to French schools know and can laugh about the superstitions and understand the real traditional French way to do La Chandeleur. I am so grateful that my children have the opportunity to have a culture that encompasses not only being bilingual but also bi-cultural.

So do you want to know some of the superstitions?

wardrobe to attract prosperity for the coming year. I am not sure how long they left it there? I do hope it is not until next Chandeleur – Eek! And then there are the weather superstitions: Tradition says that a rainy day means another 40 days of rain. Indeed, you might hear the French say “Quand il pleut pour la Chandeleur, il pleut pendant quarante jours”.

Other sayings include: “Soleil de la Chandeleur, annonce hiver et malheur” which means: a sunny day will bring more winter and misfortune. “Quand la Chandeleur est claire, l’hiver est par derriere” a clear day means winter is behind us. “Quand elle est trouble, l’hiver redouble” When it is troublesome the winter will repeat its-self.

Only eat them after 8pm! (we can never wait that long!)

“Chandeleur couverte, quarante jours de perte” a cloudy day means another 40 days of winter.

It’s important to toss the crêpe in the pan with your right hand while holding a piece of gold or a coin in your left – this is supposed to bring good luck.

These sayings all sound much better in French, because they rhyme.

Another (thankfully very) old tradition was to put the first crêpe in a drawer or on top of a

There are so many other superstitions that we can’t mention them all here but they include lighting candles, coin flipping and ashes.


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CRÊPES Enjoy a foolproof french crêpe recipe that has been tried, tested and loved for many years! They are simple to make and are guaranteed to delight everyone! By Gabrielle Labourier


In a large bowl, combine flour, eggs,

300g flour 01

3 eggs

sugar, oil, and butter.

3 tbsp sugar 2 tbsp vegetable oil 50g butter, melted

Slowly add in the milk while whisking. 02

60ml milk

Whisk for a few minutes or until no clumps remain. Heat up a pan or griddle on low heat


or use a special crêpe pan if you have one.


Use a ladle to pour a thin layer of

Prep | 5 m


Cook | 15 m

batter and move the pan to spread evenly.

Ready in | 20 m

Leave to cook for one minute and 05

then flip with a spatula. Cook again until lightly golden. Repeat this process until all batter has been used.

Crêpes should be enjoyed warm and freshly made, but can be reheated if you have too many. Serve with a variety of toppings from sugar and lemon juice, to nutella and strawberries.




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Maths Riddle: If you multiply this number by any other number, the answer will always be the same. What number is this?





To get ashore answer this riddle: What has hands and a face, but can’t hold anything or smile?


Answers: a: clock; b: zero














Lie on the floor and make a pretend snow angel







5 6

Throw a 6 to take the pirate ship across the lake

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