Getting the Right Education for Your Children

Contributed by Asia Expat Guides, 26 September, 2013

Providing the best right education for your children is without a doubt one of the most important tasks of moving into another country, especially if they are moving with you. It is thus crucial to help them adjust to their new host country as well as the school that they will attend.

The measurement of the quality of the education differs across many families. It depends on the standards and personal preferences of the families. It is hence important to note that different schools practice different types of education standards that may differ from the expectations of the families.

Expats usually prefer international schools for their children because of the education system that differs from the local ones. Urban cities in countries with a huge expat population usually have a wider range of international schools available for international students. However, one has to be sure that the school and its curriculum are suitable and catered to the child’s needs.

Is this school right for my child?

The type of school and its curriculum largely depends on many factors that have to be taken into account before deciding on the right one. There are many considerations that would determine the type of school and its curriculum that is best suited for the student according to his needs and preferences.

One of the most basic factors is the duration of stay. If you and your family intend to stay in your host country permanently or for a long time, it is essential to pick out the best form of curriculum that would suit your child’s needs. Developing your child’s language skills for example, is necessary to ensure a comfortable stay in your host country. This is crucial so that your children and you are able to communicate effectively with the locals and it is also a good way to understand the local culture better.

Secondly, the age range of your children is also an important factor in determining the quality and the type of curriculum suitable for your child.

Older children, especially youths may take a longer time to adjust to the new school environment than younger ones, who tend to absorb new knowledge and the lessons quickly. Older students may face a harder time being accepted in schools and because they take a longer time to learn new skills, the language barrier may be an added obstacle that might affect their experiences in the host country

It is hence pressing for students to be aware of the academic and more importantly, the social progress of their children because their experiences in school will greatly affect their welfare and time spent in their host country.

Can I afford it?

International school fees can be rather costly. As such, the education provided for your child is highly dependent on your budget as well as the schooling options and the curriculum. There are children with special needs that require schools with the proper facilities and curriculum suitable for such students, and this would mean more expensive fees

Additionally, it is also crucial to take into account the type of international education suitable for your child’s intellectual needs and capability. Thus, it is imperative that parents should be aware of the requirements of the schools for their children.

So what’s next?

It definitely takes time for your children to adjust to their new environments and they will need all the help and support they can get from you as parents because they have not found a stable support network yet. As such, it is imperative to be aware of the needs of your children and always listen to what they have to say. This would make settling in much easier and more manageable.

At Asia Expat Guides, you won’t have to deal with these problems because we provide the best services for you according your standards and preferences. Your children will attend the right schools that are catered to their needs and you won’t have to worry anymore!

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