The Impact of Relocation on Children

The influence and continued emerging results of globalisation seem endless. People are on the move like never before. If you are reading this helpful publication it is highly likely you are either in the planning stage of relocation or considering options. If you are a parent then the decision does not just rest with your needs and concerns, but your partner’s and children’s. Today there is an enormous span of international school options, particularly if you are moving to a modern and well-developed part of the world.

Perhaps you have a wonderful connection with your child’s current school and teachers and wish you could replicate this in your new location. You know the system, the academic calendar, expected events, etc. However, this launches one of the first danger signs of a potentially doomed relocation. It is common some parents seek that “anchor” of familiarity but it is equally noticed that parents embracing their new relationships with an open view have enormous success and pleasure with their relocation. The knock-on effect lies with the child’s experience, usually being so intertwined, so watch out for the signals.

Try to see the relocation through your child’s eyes. Children listen to adventure stories, and create their own, whilst their imaginations grow through play and daily interactions. Usually their sense of exploration is often greater than ours, as adults. So, try to put more effort into “the new” rather than clutching to “the old” and familiar.

When approaching a school for consideration in the new location, try to avoid having rigid questions and be ready to listen to how the school truly is. Give yourself the chance to open up to an international curriculum that perhaps you did not experience yourself. Be ready to shift from a monoculture education to a fascinating multi-cultural environment; one that will be stimulating and engaging for your child and prepare them for their global adult life. You are considering education for the generation after you; in this span of time the styles of teaching and learning may be different, as many have responded to the child-inquiry approach.

It is recommended that prospective parents ask about the admissions process, and the expected efforts and time. Be sure to be in direct contact with a school of interest and avoid the scoop on social media.

The process of entering schools and kindergartens in some parts of the world has made a reputation of “out of control” with “extensive waiting lists”. To a degree some of this is over dramatised. It is advised to be in direct contact with the admissions office of the school of interest; some schools are very aware that relocating families need flexibility. International professionals are sought after in key globalised cities and their accompanying families must be catered for appropriately to ensure success both at work and home.