Posted on November 1, 2018

Moving Abroad: Making It Right For Your Children

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More and more people are deciding to move abroad today. There are a number of different reasons why this is the case. Some people are moving overseas purely because they want a better life. There are then those that have been given a job opportunity or want to be closer to their family. No matter what applies, making sure your children settle in well and benefit from a good education are imperative matters. Below, we will provide you with lots of information that relates to moving abroad and making it right for your children.

The HSBC Expat Survey

Every year, HSBC runs an expat survey, which provides information on the best places for expats to live based on a number of different factors. The grades for each country are determined by three key areas: economics, experience, and family. In this part, we will zoom in on family to see which countries feature near the top.

We have selected the following criteria:

  1. Education and childcare: the overall cost of children
  2. Education and childcare: childcare quality
  3. Education and childcare: school quality
  4. Raising children: quality of life
  5. Raising children: health
  6. Raising children: integration

Once these six areas have been selected alone and all other aspects have been discarded, for example, disposable income and job security, the best places for expats are ranked as follows:

  1. Sweden
  2. France
  3. New Zealand
  4. Denmark
  5. Ireland
  6. Singapore

In terms of integration for raising children, countries that rank highly are as follows: Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, Ireland, India, and New Zealand.

In terms of health for raising children, countries that rank highly are as follows: Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

In terms of quality of life for raising children, countries that rank highly are as follows: Canada, Sweden, France, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

In terms of overall cost of children, countries that rank highly are as follows: Mexico, Sweden, Poland, Spain, Turkey, and the Philippines.

In terms of childcare quality, countries that rank highly are as follows: Russia, Sweden, France, Germany, Bahrain, and Singapore.

In terms of school quality for children, countries that rank highly are as follows: Switzerland, Germany, France, Ireland, Russia, and New Singapore.

Hopefully, this gives you a bit of insight into the countries that are deemed the best based on factors relating to your children. Of course, you can use the survey yourself and change the perimeters to suit you – perhaps you want to combine factors relating to your career and family life, for instance.

Discover The Reasons Why You Should Send Your Child To An International School

When moving to a new country there is an awful lot of planning to do and decisions to be made. One of these decisions is determining what school you are going to send your children to. You will generally have two options at your disposal, either a local school or an international school. In this section, we will reveal the reasons why you should definitely consider going for the latter option. So, keep on reading to discover more…

First and foremost, children often find it a lot easier to settle when they go to an international school. After all, it is unlikely that they will be fluent in the language that is being taught in the state education institutes, and therefore, they will require extra lessons and it will take some time for them to feel comfortable. This is something you need not worry about with an international school. This is especially important when you consider the fact that the move itself could potentially be unsettling for your children and therefore you want to do all in your power to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible.

Aside from this, another reason to consider international schooling is that your child will benefit from being taught a curriculum that is internationally recognised. This gives them a lot more opportunities for the future. They may want to move back to their home country or indeed somewhere new entirely and with an international school, they will be best placed to do this. You can click here to find out more about university requirements in the UK. The qualifications they receive when they finish school will be recognised all over the world and so this portable type of education ensure they can further their studies by applying for a whole host of different universities or indeed look for great job opportunities in various locations. It is also likely that your children will benefit from a better-rounded education. Emphasis is not only placed on the academic side of things at international schools but extracurricular activities as well.

When moving abroad you are, of course, introducing your children to a new culture, and by sending them to an international school you are introducing them to global culture. This will really develop your child’s character. The worldly knowledge they gain will be extremely beneficial. Your children will be interacting with other kids and indeed faculty from all over the globe. This acquisition of knowledge about other cultures is especially important in the 21st century. Moreover, some of the big global holidays will be recognised in an International school, whereby only national holidays will be acknowledged in a local school. This may be something that is important to you.

What Should You Consider When Choosing An International School For Your Child?

First and foremost, you should take a look at the curriculum being taught by the school. One of the benefits of going to an international school is the fact that your child is going to gain qualifications that are recognised all over the world. Nonetheless, you may have a specific curriculum in mind you want your child to be taught. The International Baccalaureate is an example of a curriculum that is growing in popularity and importance. Perhaps you want your children to take IGCSEs and A Levels as they do in the UK? Take a look at the curriculum in detail and if it is something you haven’t heard of before make sure you do your research to discover how much recognition it has received and whether it is held in high regard or not.

You should not only look at the curriculum being taught but what extracurricular activities does the school offer? International schools have a tendency to really focus on this element of learning, as they want children to have a well-rounded experience. Make sure there is a good selection on offer for your child.

Of course, you cannot put a price on your child’s education. However, you do need to make sure you can afford the school in question. Not only should you take a look at the yearly fees, but the price of text books, school uniform and everything else you will have to pay for. Sit down and do your calculations so you can put together a realistic sum of how much you will need to spend. The last thing you want to do is pull your child out of the school half way through as you realise you cannot afford it. Some schools may have various payment plans in place as well, thus this is something you may want to consider.

It is also advisable to read reviews that have been left by parents that have sent their children to the school in question. You should easily be able to find these on the Internet. It is important to not let one review dictate your opinion. Look at the feedback as a whole.

The size of the school may also be important. If your child is quite shy you may wish to consider going for a smaller school so that they settle easier. Alternatively, you may think a bigger school would be great for your children to meet more people and really flourish.

Last but not least, you could also take a look at the teachers that work at the school. What are their backgrounds? Where have they come from? International schools tend to have teachers from all over the world and this is extremely beneficial as it introduces your child to global culture.

The Final Words…

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of all of the different factors that need to be considered when you are moving abroad with regards to making it right for your children. You will obviously want to make sure that your move to another country does not halt your child’s academic progress, especially if there is a chance they are going to come back to the UK to go to university.

* This is a collaborative post.

* Featured Photo by Joseph Gonzalez on Unsplash.

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