Paris Institute of Childcare Training

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Frequently Asked Questions


1. What does Paris ICT offer?

2. Who is eligible to join the Paris Institute of Childcare Training?
3. What is the CAP course?

4. Do I have to pay to do the course?
5. Why should I do this course?

6. What are the typical training hours?

7. What are the typical hours like when I work with a French family?
8. Where can I work afterwards? Can I become a teacher after getting my CAP diploma?

9. What is the profile of a typical candidate and do I have a student status?
10. When can I start and what happens after I pass the exam? 



ANSWERS...


1. What does Paris ICT offer?
At the Paris Institute of Childcare Training centre, we offer a people the chance to undertake a French childcare diploma called the CAP Petite Enfance over a period of 10 months. Alongside the course, students can also undertake work placements and work for a family to give them a full-time job. In addition, we have many other childcare positions available via our sister company Le Repertoire de Gaspard.


2. Who is eligible to join the Paris Institute of Childcare Training?
- You must enjoy being around and working with children
- Be an EU citizen OR hold a working visa
- Have relevant background childcare experience
- Be at least 18 years old
​- You do not have to be fluent in French. Our teachers are bilingual and will help you throughout the nine months to reach a level to help you pass the exams.


3. What is the CAP course?
The course is the Certificat d'Aptitude Professionnel Petite Enfance - Certificate of Professional Aptitude for Young Children (CAP Petite Enfance). It is provided by the French Ministry of Education. This course focuses on child education in a home environment and in collective structure for children aged up to 6 years old. It includes a range of key modules split into two main categories - professional and general subjects.


The professional childcare subjects include :

- looking after the child at home
- the child’s education (collective structures)
- practical techniques/health and environment

The general subjects include:

- French, History and Geography (with a French focus)

​- Maths, Physics and Chemistry.  

(These topics are designed to equip students with knowledge they can apply to their job e.g. knowledge of measurements and quantities when cooking with and for the children, understanding how the human body functions etc.)


Exams consist of written and oral tests in French as well as completing two reports – one about your work placements and another for the history/geography module.  



4. Do I have to pay to do the course?

We pay you to do it, you will receive a salary for doing the course, just as if you were doing a job. The only costs are the textbooks for your French and childcare classes and we are planning to sell some second hand from previous years to help.



5. Why should I do this course?
This is a chance to:
- to build on your existing childcare knowledge and experience
- obtain a recognised French qualification over a 10 month period
- improve your French language skills
- gain an insight into French family life by looking after children in a Parisian family and 
- put your theory into practice by doing two work placements in a crèche and pre-school which could lead to employment if you are successful.



6. What are the typical training hours?

The course is run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 3.30pm and you do not attend classes during school holiday periods.



7. What are the typical hours like when I work with a French family?

Hours are usually 4pm to 7.30pm on weekdays except for Wednesday which can be a full or half day.

Weekends and school holiday periods tend to be off.



8. Where can I work afterwards?

Once you have obtained this diploma you will be qualified to: 
a) Provide childcare in a home setting :  - In your own home (either as an employee of a private company or a family crèche; not a corporation) on the condition that you have been authorised to do so by the local council.  - In a family home (as an employee of a private company or an agency providing help at home) b) Provide childcare in collective structures : - All establishments welcoming young children (under 6) - Nursery School  - Crèche - Day Nursery - Extra-curricular child-minding - ​Recreation/Leisure Centre/Holiday Clubs



Can I become a teacher after getting my CAP diploma?

Please note that with a CAP diploma you cannot become a teacher in a public school in France. If you wish to enter the teaching profession after the CAP diploma, you will need to undertake a separate teaching degree which can last 3 or 4 years. Public schools are strict in France and you would need this additional teaching degree.However, with the CAP diploma and thanks to the work placements you will be doing, you could be offered a job in a private bilingual crèche (or maybe even a private bilingual school) in France with children aged up to 6 years old. There are many opportunities for these posts and you would take on an assistant type position.


9. The majority of our students are from overseas anglophone countries and are generally female and aged between 20 to 30 years old. However we are open to all ages and nationalities providing that you have relevant experience and good references. Please note that although you are a student on the course, your status is considered as a worker in full time employment as you will work for an average of 35 hours a week.


10. When can I start and what happens after I pass the exam?

Applications are taken all year round for jobs as childcarers and teachers - go to our JOBS section for further details. The CAP diploma course starts in September each year. Please speak to us direct about further opportunities.





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