Expat guide: Preschool and school in Luxembourg
If you're living in Luxembourg with children, here's a short introduction to our school section for Luxembourg.
Preschool in Luxembourg
The childcare system
For families with babies and young children, one of the first considerations upon arriving in a new country of residence is finding quality international childcare. Parents should find out about any government childcare subsidies or daycare funding for which they may be eligible.
Check out our feature on the daycare system in Luxembourg for some general information on daycare centres and benefits.
Check out our listings of family clubs and support groups or find the nearest family support and play groups in our A-Z listings. These groups give you a chance to network with other expat parents, discover more facilities and simply to socialise and have fun.
Top tips for expat families with young children
With tiny tots, getting out and about is a must. Check out our feature on recreation spots for kids. Also refer to the Expatica articles in the Kids section for tips on where to take your little ones to let off steam, as well as other useful information. The Travel and Tourism section provides information on outdoor activities that the whole family can enjoy.
Schools in Luxembourg
Choosing an international school or a local school
Expats living in Switzerland can choose to enrol their children in one of the country’s two international schools: the International School of Luxembourg (ISL) or St George’s International School.
Designed to ease the educational transition of a move from one country to another, such expat schools are a good choice for the children of foreign parents who are staying temporarily in the host country. Qualifications such as the International Baccalaureate are becoming increasingly popular with people who relocate frequently.
Parents who are sure they will repatriate while their children are of school age need to select an expat school system which allows easy integration of their children into their home-country education system upon return.
However, for families planning to settle into a country long-term, the local school system could be the most effective path. For more information on both the local school system and Luxembourg’s international schools, see our overview of the Luxembourg education system.
Every school will have its pro and cons, and parents will have to consider such factors as the age of their children and language(s) spoken in the school before making a selection, especially when considering schools in Luxembourg, where numerous styles and languages are often used in teaching.
Overall, when the right schooling decisions are made, expats feel that their children benefit from their education abroad; expanding your children’s horizons culturally will aid in developing the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills children need to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalising world.
Education advice and listings
Professional advice from expat school organisations can help expats arrive at the best solution for their children, or even themselves, should they be seeking to continue higher education. Why not ask Expatica’s education expert Margot Roose via our Ask the Expert section?
Expats who’d like to share their viewpoints or ask advice from ‘veteran’ expats in Luxembourg can also visit the Expatica forums and get involved in discussions on education issues.
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