Moving To Paris As A Family

Start a new life.

Beginning a new life in a new city much less another country is never easy, particularly when you’re moving as a family. If you’re looking for the best neighbourhoods in Paris to live in as a family, Move2Paris can assist you in working through all the details to ensure that your criteria are met and you find the perfect new home suited to all of your family’s needs. Some things to consider:

Understand the layout of Paris.

The river Seine flows through the heart of the city, splitting it into two banks: the left bank to the south and the right bank to the north. There are varying differences such as atmosphere, population and lifestyle between the right and the left banks. Paris consists of 20 districts, called “arrondissements”, which are arranged in a spiral, snail shell-like formation. Arrondissements 1 to 11 are the center of Paris, and arrondissements 12 to 20 make up the second ring. Each neighborhood has a character of its own. You can read more about that here.

Understand the layout of Paris.

The river Seine flows through the heart of the city, splitting it into two banks: the left bank to the south and the right bank to the north. There are varying differences such as atmosphere, population and lifestyle between the right and the left banks. Paris consists of 20 districts, called “arrondissements”, which are arranged in a spiral, snail shell-like formation. Arrondissements 1 to 11 are the center of Paris, and arrondissements 12 to 20 make up the second ring. Each neighborhood has a character of its own. You can read more about that here.

Western Paris: the perfect place for families.

Neighborhoods such as the 8th, 16th and 17th arrondissements located in western Paris are ideal for families moving to Paris. These residential districts are home to traditionally Parisian Haussmann buildings with family apartments (3 bedroom apartments and up). Neighborhoods such as Monceau, Ternes – Péreire, Auteuil, Batignolles, Trocadéro – Passy and Arc de Triomphe – Victor Hugo are abundant with reputable primary (elementary) and secondary (middle to high) public and private schools.

Western Paris is home to many green spaces as well. Parc Monceau (8th and 17th arrondissements), Bois de Boulogne (located along the western edge of the 16th), or the Jardin du Ranelagh (16th arrondissement). They are perfect for walks, picnics, bike rides, rollerblading and even working as some have free wifi.

Western Paris is home to many green spaces as well. Parc Monceau (8th and 17th arrondissements), Bois de Boulogne (located along the western edge of the 16th), or the Jardin du Ranelagh (16th arrondissement). They are perfect for walks, picnics, bike rides, rollerblading and even working as some have free wifi.

Eastern Paris: affordable rents.

Eastern Paris is typically cheaper, made up of working class with affordable rents and mid-size apartments.

Located between the 13th and 20th arrondissements, Eastern Paris contains districts with a diverse population. The many green spaces in this area (Parc de la Villette, Les Quais, Les Buttes Chaumont…), the multiculturalism and the excellent public transport links are major assets to this part of the city.

Families looking for a bohemian vibe will find what they’re looking for in the 10th, 11th or the 12th arrondissements of Paris (lofts, family-friendly renovated duplexes, etc.), while families settling in the outer ring in the 13th, 19th and 20th will find primarily residential and business districts with a mix of old and new.

Prioritize your criteria.

Your needs may be based on size, number of rooms, distance from school or work, neighborhood or preferred metro line. Finding the right school for your child, whether public or private is also an important factor in choosing where to live. Paris has lots of different primary schools (élémentaires), middle schools (collèges) and high schools (lycées) in each neighborhood and you can register at the town hall of every arrondissement. You can find a list of public elementary and secondary schools in Paris here. (right-click on the page and select “Translate to English”). There are both English-speaking and bilingual schools. See a list of Top 10 international and bilingual schools in Paris here.

Prioritize your criteria.

Your needs may be based on size, number of rooms, distance from school or work, neighborhood or preferred metro line. Finding the right school for your child, whether public or private is also an important factor in choosing where to live. Paris has lots of different primary schools (élémentaires), middle schools (collèges) and high schools (lycées) in each neighborhood and you can register at the town hall of every arrondissement. You can find a list of public elementary and secondary schools in Paris here. (right-click on the page and select “Translate to English”). There are both English-speaking and bilingual schools. See a list of Top 10 international and bilingual schools in Paris here.

There are 3 main types of babysitting and childcare services for younger children offered in Paris: Maternal Assistants (assistante maternelle), Nannies (au pairs) and shared babysitting. Public nurseries can be harder to get into as the waitlist can be long, but there are countless options for private nurseries and nannies.

1) Maternal Assistants

A Maternal Assistant is a professional with an official certification approved by the General Council. There are 2 different types: Maternal Assistants who work for a nursery and those who work for individuals.With this type of childcare service:

– Maternal Assistants host your child at her/his home For further      information, click here

– Price depends on the type and the services

– Collective childcare service; your child won’t be alone

– Maternal Assistant’s apartment is purpose-built

– Can be bilingual

1) Maternal Assistants

A Maternal Assistant is a professional with an official certification approved by the General Council. There are 2 different types: Maternal Assistants who work for a nursery and those who work for individuals.With this type of childcare service:

– Maternal Assistants host your child at her/his home For further      information, click here

– Price depends on the type and the services

– Collective childcare service; your child won’t be alone

– Maternal Assistant’s apartment is purpose-built

– Can be bilingual

You have to register your child beforehand at the City Hall (mairie) of your arrondissement and be put on a waiting list as municipal Maternal Assistants are in high demand. For further information, click here (right click on the page and select “Translate to English”).

2) Au pairs

Au pairs don’t have any certifications; they are recruited by the agencies that check their skills during the interview.
Nannies are the most popular with parents because of the flexibility of the schedule, but also the fact that the au pair is totally dedicated to their child. 

2) Au pairs

Au pairs don’t have any certifications; they are recruited by the agencies that check their skills during the interview.
Nannies are the most popular with parents because of the flexibility of the schedule, but also the fact that the au pair is totally dedicated to their child. 

The au pair:

-Picks up your child after school and brings your child back home

-Prepares snacks, dinner, a bath and helps around the house

-Can be bilingual

-Price is generally more than minimum wage and can change depending on the area and au pair. In Paris it’s around 10€ per hour.

3) Shared baby-sitting and Nurseries

Shared babysitting consists of hiring a “family helper” who takes care of the same group of children. For this type of babysitting:

-Families meet and discuss the right type of helper for their children and choose the hours, tasks, activities and other details together

-Apartment can switch from a family’s one to another… or not

-Price is divided between families

-Can be bilingual

3) Shared baby-sitting and Nurseries

Shared babysitting consists of hiring a “family helper” who takes care of the same group of children. For this type of babysitting:

-Families meet and discuss the right type of helper for their children and choose the hours, tasks, activities and other details together

-Apartment can switch from a family’s one to another… or not

-Price is divided between families

-Can be bilingual

Collective Nurseries and “Micro-Nurseries” (mico-crèches and crèches) Collective nurseries (crèche collective in French) can welcome up to 60 children. They are controlled by Maternal and Child Welfare Services. The children are taken care of by qualified people (nursing assistants, kindergarten teachers). The micro-nursery can only welcome a maximum of 10 children. They are strictly controlled by Maternal and Child Welfare Services and must be authorized by the Department’s General Council. The quality of the nursery is assured by the highly qualified staff (pediatric nurses, young child educators, nursery nurses). These two main types of nurseries can be public and run by the City Hall or private and run by charities or businesses. Move2Paris can assist you in finding the childcare suited to your needs. Request your free consultation on relocating to Paris here.

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