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France's approach to school readiness


School Readiness in France
Mirsada Ramcaj
Mind Map by Mirsada Ramcaj, updated more than 1 year ago
Mirsada Ramcaj
Created by Mirsada Ramcaj over 6 years ago

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France's approach to school readiness
  1. Curriculum
    1. Preschools or nursery schools provide care for children from two and three years old until they are six. The curriculum aims to prepare children for primary school, and includes reading, writing, numeracy and sometimes even a foreign language.
      1. Most French schools follow a national curriculum set by the Ministry of Education but the French government published reforms in May 2015 that would allow schools to set 20 percent of the curriculum themselves.
      2. France there had been a 18 national curriculum for early years (pre-elementary) education since 1995, determined nationally by the Ministry of Education, with six main areas of activity rather than subjects: 1) living together 2) speaking and building up the language 3) learning about the written word 4) taking action/acting in the world 5) discovering the world 6) imagining, feeling and creating.
        1. The use of formal assessment of pre-school children are discouraged as being premature and potentially harmful
          1. The primary school curriculum in France is similar to other countries, and includes literacy and numeracy, with classes in French, arithmetic, but also geography and history, the arts, and more frequently a foreign language, usually English.
            1. France's kindergarten program's main mission is to inspire children to go to school to learn, affirm and develop their personality.


              1. Preschool is since September 2014 a single cycle, fundamental to the success of all students. It is defined in three areas: A school that adapts to young children, A school that organizes specific learning modalities, A school where children will learn and live together.


                1. The preschool programme is organised into five learning areas which are: mobilize the language in all its dimensions, act, speak, understand through physical activity, act, speak, understand through the arts, build the first tools to structure their thoughts and explore the world.


              2. Education System
                1. France had a reputation for having one of the best education systems in the world, with a nationally set curriculum, traditional methods of learning, high academic standards and strict discipline.
                  1. France dropped three places for educational standards. It is now placed 25 out of 65 countries, 43 percent of students having difficulty in mathematics and with a widening equality gap within the school population.
                  2. State education is free and mandatory from ages 6 to 16 for French citizens and others who have proof of residence
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