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A child minder looks after your child, aged between 2 months and 4 years old (until 6 yrs for after school care), at her home. They are trained and approved by the Conseil Général.

An independent child minder who Plays the same role as a state childminder and is also authorised by the state but he/she is not part of the Family Crèche and is paid directly by the parents. This person is followed by the appointed qualified paediatric nurse.

She benefits from the support of their local centre for child minders (Relais Assistantes Maternelles-Parents), or the one run by the Conseil Général (regional authority). They can also be helped by the child minders associations.

By choosing this type of preschool care for your child, you become an employer. For further information contact « La FEPEM » (National federation of family employers) - Legal platform from Mondays to Fridays, 10am-4pm - tel :

What ever your family situation and your income, you may be elegible to receive financial help to pay your independent child minder. Contact the « Family Allocation Centre - Caisse d’Allocations Familiales » (C.A.F.) - ou « l’Urssaf » -, for further information.

One major change that has occurred since January 2006 is that a child minder may now be paid using a universal cheque (cheque emploi universel). For further information contact the Conseil Général’s Family Information Desk (Point Info Famille):
To fond the list of approved child minders ask your local authority, a Child and Mother Protection Centre (centre de Protection Maternelle et Infantile), a Medical and Socail Office (Circonscription d’Action Médicale et Sociale) or a centre for child minders and mothers (relais Assistantes Maternelles-Parents).
Service des Actions pour la Maternité et l’Enfance
Section mode d'accueil des jeunes enfants et assistantes maternelles
Tel : +33 (0)4 97 18 66 01 / Free number : 0 800 08 20 83
Fax : +33 (0)4 97 18 79 04
Credits : Relais Assistantes Maternelles-Parents (R.A.M.) du Conseil Général - – translated by Family First

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