We had a Saturday lunch today (flowers + chocolates in hand) with some friends of ours and the subject of kids came up. (They have a 9 month old and a 2 1/2 year old).
Standard Maternity Leave is 16 weeks for a 1st child. 3-6 weeks prenatal and the remaining weeks for postnatal (Leave is longer for each additional child). When women go back to work children generally either go to a nounou (nanny) or go to the crèche (daycare) until 3 yrs when they can go to maternelle (preschool). They must be potty trained BEFORE they go to preschool which means it is generally done during the child's time at the crèche. But in typical fashion, France has a polite way to say this, which no one told KB about. This was the short and misunderstood conversation I had with his mother:
Paris Mom: Il devrait déja être propre à 2 ans ou il ne sera plus accepter à la creche. He should already be clean by 2 or they won't allow him to come back to daycare.
KB: Il a l'air déja propre. He seems clean to me.