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How to prepare children for a move to Slovakia?
Whether you are temporarily relocating for work or moving abroad for a new start, having children in the picture can make the process more challenging. Helping children to say goodbye to their friends in various settings can be challenging, and for this reason, it is important to approach the issue in the right way in order to allow for a smooth and pleasant transition for the children. In this article, we have gathered some tips to help you with this task.
The Education System in Slovakia
Explain the education system to the children, and to which kindergarten or school they will attend. The education system in Slovakia is similar to that in Israel: up to the age of 3, there is a type of daycare, from the age of 3 to 6 there is kindergarten. There are public or private options, with private kindergartens generally preferred by some Israelis as they provide more attention to the children. Private kindergartens also offer lessons in different subjects such as languages, sports, and music. Schools in Slovakia are divided into three levels: from the age of 6 to 10 is elementary, from the age of 10 to 15 is secondary, and above the age of 15 is high school, where one can choose to study in a gymnasium (like academic high school) or in a vocational high school that provides both a vocational certificate and a profession. Some high schools have entrance exams, and this depends on demand. High school studies last for 4 years. Education in Slovakia is free, including university studies in the local language.
How to Inform Children
The hardest part is always the announcement itself, and the initial reactions of the children to the news. Some of them may be excited about the idea, especially the younger ones, while their older siblings, who have a better understanding of the subject, may express reluctance. It is recommended to involve the children in the process as much as possible from the earliest stage. Giving them time to digest the idea is an important component in accepting the transition well. It is recommended to inform the older children first so they can help the younger ones feel secure.