How to help your child move schools during the world-wide financial crisis.

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Recently, a lot of families have had to move their child/children out of Private and International schools in Hong Kong mainly because of the economic circumstances that exist everywhere.

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 For parents, this is a very worrying factor, parents worry about finding another suitable school for their child with lower fees with the same academic success in either the country they dwell in or a new country. And of course, another worrying factor is the assurance of a child’s happiness and stability.  A lot of worries come with moving a child from one school to another and for many families in Asia and other parts of the world; this is an imminent or existing issue.

 The anticipation of change and the early stages in a new school are challenging for everyone. In most circumstances, the children who find change most difficult are those whose parents do. It is vitally important that parents make every attempt to recognise and convey the opportunities inherent in change and to address any problems as a family before moving or deciding on a new school.

 For what ever reason exists that may cause a change in a child’s school life, parents hold the answers to their questions and should therefore share as much about the circumstances as children want to know and are able to absorb, using their questions as a guide.  It is essential that they are told that neither they nor their parents have done wrong, and that the current economic circumstances are something that the world is experiencing together and that many children around the world are sharing the same change. It might be a case that some of their friends at their school are going through the same, if so; they have one another to share their feelings with.  Parents should be available to speak with their children and to answer all their questions.

 The key to a successful transition for both child and family is one of ‘Communication’.  Without ‘Communication’ the bond is lost and children experience the pain and stress of the transition on their own. Parents need to ensure that a relaxed, calm family life exists at home and that children are not involved in arguments between parents. The less change to their home life the better and the more you reassure them that their lives will not change too much the easier it will be for everyone to move on.  

 Allow your child to become involved in the school search and help arrange appointments for schools visits.  Engage your child in the choices available and the pros and cons of each school.  Above all, understand your child’s needs and before a decision is made evaluate what is the best moving forward for your child.  

Author, Anne Murphy

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