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Supporting your expat child’s education


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Planning a relocation with your family? One of your priorities will be planning your children’s education.  .

As parents, we want to support our children’s transition to a new school and to give our children every opportunity to excel academically  homeschooling

If you choose to send your children to school, it’s best to do your research before your overseas move.   Starting a new school can be overwhelming.  However, in a country where everything this new and different, it can be more difficult for kids to settle in.

See our tips below on how to get them off to a positive start in their new school and home.

Select the right school    

Choosing a school near your home will ensure that your child builds friendships with local children.

International schools will usually ensure that children are taught in their first language.  They can also give your child the opportunity to follow a familiar cultural-programmeseducation system.  This can be great for continuity.

If you’re staying in new country permanently and are keen to encourage interaction with the local children, you may want to consider a more integrated approach and chose a local school.

Talk about their feelings

An overseas move can be overwhelming for parents too. reassuring child 2 Setting aside time to chat with your child about his or her feelings can really help.  If they mention any worries or concerns, you can come up with solutions to help the to feel more secure.

Look for after school clubs

Research after school clubs in your area.  Getting your child involved in sport, music or drama can help them to develop confidence and to nurture friendships outside school.  You could also consider expat meet-ups to give you and your family a chance to relax with families in a similar situation.

Don’t be anxious about grades

For an expat family, the main focus will be ensuring that they settle into their new schools and forge bonds with local children.  New curricula and the general upheaval of a move may mean that grades drop, but your child will have plenty of time to catch up.  Once your family is settled, you may consider private tuition to help boost your child’s confidence.

Have a party

Once you and your child have made a few connections, throw a housewarming party. This is a great chance for you and your family to strengthen your burgeoning friendships.  A party with his or her new friends will also help your child to feel more self-assured.

For expert support in selecting the best school or private tutor for your child, please contact us

For more information on international schools in London, read our blogs on AmericanFrench  and Arabic schools.

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