Chantelle is mama to two year old Arthur and 2 month old Freddie. She lives in the place where we all want to holiday: on Praslin Island in the Seychelles, with her husband Mark. They’s lived there for 3 years. Chantelle is also a blogger at Seychelles Mama.
How did you ended up living in the Seychelles?
My husband is a teacher and applied for a job at the international school here, and got it. He is now deputy head of the school.
What is the best thing about living in the Seychelles?
Pretty obvious I guess, but it’s having the amazing beaches and forests on our doorstep. Now we have kids we perhaps don’t enjoy them in the same way we did before, but we definitely have more fun now!
Describe your house?
We live in a three bedroom house. We have a nice garden, which is all fenced in (so nice and safe for Arthur and in “blink and you’ll miss it time” Freddie will be out there with him too!!
Do you have a housekeeper/nanny/babysitter? What is the culture in your city regarding help with babies and child rearing?
We have just hired a cleaner to come three times a week. It is very typical for expats to have one. We felt that despite me being at home it would be good to have the help around the house now I’ve got the two boys at home with me.
Nannies are common amongst the expat community too but that’s not for us. Maternity leave for Seychellois is very short (three months I believe) and extended families play a big part in child rearing for them.
At what age do you send your kids to school or kindergarten or play group in the Seychelles? Are they public or private? Is it difficult to get into these schools?
Arthur and Freddie, will go to the international school. This starts at 3 although the first year is technically nursery! It’s a private school, but there are scholarships. There’s a good mix of Seychellois and expat kids there.
How do you get around with your little one?
We have a car although mostly during the week Mark has this for work. We have a pushchair and a baby wrap. With Freddie only being a few weeks old and Mark only just back into work after the summer break I’ve not yet done any trips out with just me and the boys….that will be interesting I’m sure. Pavements here are not that great and a lot of the roads dot have pavements at all!
I’m not a fan of the buses here, they drive like lunatics and are always packed so avoid them at all costs!!
Where do you hang out with your babes for play time?
We spend lots of time playing in the garden, it’s nice that we are fenced in so it’s nice and safe! Arthur loves to play on the beach and at the pool too!
Do you have a favourite coffee/lunch spot to head to with your babe?
- I’d say the Vallee de Mai as its beautiful and Arthur has loved going there since he was really small in a baby carrier and now even more that he can run around and explore!!
- My second place is Anse Lazio. Not only is this beach in the top ten beaches in the world it is perfect place to go with the kids as there are lots of lovely shady spots. We love to get up and go nice and early and we will often have the place to ourselves.