|F.A.Q.: Frequently Asked Questions - Schools and Child Care|
Frequently Asked Questions - Schools and Child Care
Answer: We have a section on International Schools and, where possible, we provide comparitive information between the different schools. You can see the relevant information here on our website.
Question: I am considering taking a job in Singapore for several years in the spring. I will have to travel quite frequently on my job for days at a time. I am a single father of two boys ages 9 and 11. I am trying to find out what costs I might encounter to add in salary negotions.
Answer: If you are considering sending your children to an international school, you may want to look for one where children can take their lunch and stay on in the afternoon for extra activities, for example the American School. The cost for international schools is quite high, but if you come with the regular expat package, the company should pay for it (see our section about the education system in Singapore). Normally a schoolbus will come pick the children up and send them back as well.
There are quite a number of child-care centers in Singapore which provide after-school child-care. The cost is around $300 to $350 per month. We have a few listed in our section on child care.
If you have to travel often, you will need somebody to look after your children at night as well. The easiest solution is to employ a maid to take care of them. The cost incurred for a live-in maid is around $800 to $1,000 including the levy you will have to pay to the government (see our page on foreign house help). Otherwise you will have to find a babysitter everytime you go on a business trip. If you prefer such a solution, here are some recommendations:
Answer: The Singapore Yellow Pages are online at www.yellowpages.com.sg
Answer: We don't think so. All kids have to deal with a slew of new experiences, make new friends, and learn new school procedures as the school year begins. Past surveys show that your children's transition will be easier if they come to the new school in the middle of the year, because the teachers will have more
Question: I am about to relocate to Singapore and I would like to have the following information: Admission procedure for kindergarten in an international school, when to apply for admission and fees.
Answer: Foreigners applying to a private international school can do so directly to the school in question. For information on fees and which school offers kindergarten level education, check out our section on education. Dates of application and admission vary from school to school, so do enquire with them.
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