Expat guide: Kids in Moscow
This guide informs parents on how to handle moving to Moscow with kids and enrol them into childcare, Russian education or after-school activities in Moscow.
Children, who are flexible and open-minded by nature, make great travellers, but parents still need to help prepare their children for moving abroad. Age and character will play a part in how children deal with the move. The more attention paid to the process of moving with kids, the greater the long-term benefits.
The childcare system in Russia
Knowing how the childcare system works in your new country of residence is essential. Whether your children are pre-school or school age, you’ll need to know what care is available and how you can foot the bill. Your company may pay for this, or you could be entitled to certain subsidies. Articles such as Bringing the family over tell you how to bring an au-pair to Moscow, as well as bringing your family over to join you. The Expatica Forums are a good place to start for advice and tips from other expat parents or check through the childcare category of Expatica’s Classifieds section.
Out and about with kids in Moscow
Expatica lists places where kids can play, from zoos through theme parks to indoor playgrounds and recommends the best seasonal places to have some good family fun. Visit our Travel & Tourism page to check out the best places for regional holidays.
Read Expatica's Living in Moscow with Children to start grasping the daycare and babysitting options available. Several articles on Expatica’s Kids and Relocation channels deal with this process—from tots to teens— and help you to understand the world of the TCK (Third Culture Kid).
Raising bilingual children
Language brings up many questions for parents who are moving with kids to another country or raising bilingual children in another culture. Expatica covers the ins and outs of raising a baby abroad, adopting a child in Russia, and whether to send your children to an international or local school. For more information check out our School and Languages topic pages.
Having a baby abroad
For women, having a baby abroad can bring up deep feelings of insecurity. How different is the approach to childbirth in your new country from that of your homeland? Read about giving birth in Moscow or visit the Expatica Forums and find out what other expat women feel about giving birth away from home. Related services can be found in the family section of Expatica’s A-Z listings.
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