CÔTE D'AZUR & PROVENCE
It has been a bit of a confusing few months with having kids at home instead of school, deciding if they go back to school or not and also that difficult feeling of being torn between wanting the safest environment for them and needing to get them out of the house! Now that summer holidays are in full swing, there are plenty of summer camps and ‘stage’ activities for all ages, from extended daycare for the little ones, to English-only educational (and fun) programmes. Here is a listing of a few:
**NEW** Life Bloom Academy
From 9 years
This new alternative school in Cagnes-sur-Mer offers a series of summer classes, holiday 'stages' and online English and creative courses as well. They have a bilingual middle school with 30% international student body, a great place for kids who might struggle a bit in the French system. They and offer classes and tutoring for kids from 9 years old up and offer a unique teaching approach, blending some of the best alternative schooling styles, giving children 'life experiences and tools & methods to grow happy, become entrepreneurs of their lives and architects of a sustainable world'.
This summer, Life Bloom Academy offers 4 workshops:
- School'Up, learn how to learn with options School'Up-Maths and School'Up-French
- Start Me Up, learn to cooperate
- Ikigaï, discovering your talents to find your way
- Creative English, English and theatre
These courses can be combined with each other or with a Tennis course for a full day reception.
If you are interested in the middle-school, they have two open houses in August:
- Saturday, August 22 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Saturday, August 29 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For more information: https://www.lifebloomacademy.com/?lang=en
People & Baby crèches/daycare centres
Up to 6 years
The health crisis has strongly impacted the summer projects of many families. The People&baby Summer Camps are an opportunity to offer a great holiday to their children, and at a reduced cost!
A welcome solution for many parents, People&baby bilingual daycare centre is keeping more than 30 structures open between the end of July and the end of August to offer to children, up to 6 years of age, Summer Camps with a theme.
On the programme: workshops on sports, science, arts and crafts.
Each week, a theme will be developed through a programme of activities designed by their pedagogical team according to age groups and led by their professionals in early childhood. Objective: to stimulate children's appetite for discovery and exploration, according to their age group.
Four themes are planned:
- Sport in all its forms to discover your body and its limits
- Science to arouse curiosity
- Arts to develop sensations and creativity
- Professions to dream and arouse desires
Parents can register their child for a week or more and prices run at the same rate as a municipal day-care. Summer Camps have a CAF agreement and are identical to those of the municipal nurseries and include meals, diapers and hygiene products.
In addition, the Summer Camp is open to all children without any residency restrictions - families can enrol their child in a structure close to home.
Information and reservations by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Ages 4 to 14
Offering fun and ludique instruction and playtime in English, their summer programmes are always popular with both students and parents. They have two locations, in Vallauris and Villeneuve-Loubet village. Reopen since May 20th, they have been rigorous in putting in place the necessary sanitary practices to protect students and staff.
FOREST SCHOOL OF LIFE - ECOLE BUISSONIERE" their exclusive program in Villeneuve Loubet Village, right near a large wooded forest! The program is personalized according to your children's desires and needs, with the possibility of including outings (e.g. museum, forest, castle) to create an unforgettable summer (6-14 years).
“Let your child get back to nature and enjoy a really fun summer holiday. We have been working in the Village and the parks and forests since 2019 teaching children how to love nature, the environment and the great outdoors. This summer is THE summer to join us again.”
EXCEL & BOOST YOUR ENGLISH" (semi-private, 4 – 10 years) a semi-private learning program with only 6 children per class, personalised to each child.
CLASSIC "ENGLISH IS FUN"(4 – 10 years), their well-known program will be available in Vallauris with only 2 groups per week in the Loft space at KidooLand Vallauris, 180m2. Maximum 10 children per class, that is 20 children in total - of which 10 full-day and 10 half-day. Playful themes each week with activities all in English: painting, art, theatre, dance, games. Students sing, play, act and gain confidence in English. Available at both locations.
**In case of re-confinement or mandatory closure this summer, the face-to-face courses will automatically and immediately become online courses.
More information on their website: www.kidooland.com
Summer sailing lessons
The Yacht Club de Cannes offers summer 'stages' or lessons for sailing, vago, Bahia, Paddle and Onefly for all children from 7 years of age.
Their 5-day courses take place from Monday to Friday (morning and afternoon sessions) and include a licence after successful completion. You don't have to be a member of the Yacht Club, but prices are slightly higher for non-members.
For details, visit their page: https://www.yachtclubdecannes.org/fr/les-stages-de-voile/
There is a great website for activities and programmes for kids by region, called Kidiklik. They are full of ideas for activities, trips, kid-centric places and much more in both the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var. Check it out!