Families and dependants
Education and childcare
If you are planning to bring your family with you to the UK it is vital that you prepare for this in advance and find accommodation which is suitable for them to live in.
You may also need to consider education and childcare arrangements.
Education for your family
If you are bringing or have brought your family with you, you should be aware that education in the UK is compulsory for all children between five and sixteen years of age and is normally free of charge. We would recommend that you organise this before you arrive in the UK as it can be very difficult to find a school quickly.
Guidance for school attendance in the UK can be found at the Department for Education website.
Crèche, nursery, childcare facilities
We strongly recommend that you organise this before you arrive in the UK as it can be very difficult to find these facilities quickly.
If you want to place your children in the Queen’s crèche you should contact the crèche as far in advance of your arrival as possible. Contact them at http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/StudentPlus/ChildcareatQueens/ . You can also choose to use other crèche facilities details of which can be found at the following link: http://www.familysupportni.gov.uk/
When you have found a nursery or crèche you would like your children to attend, you must telephone them and make an appointment to discuss whether there are places available for your children. You will have to pay a monthly charge to the crèche.
It is your responsibility to find crèche for your children. Queen’s University cannot book this for you.
Types of schools in the UK
Children’s education in the UK begins with primary education the year a child turns five until they are eleven. Children then move to secondary school where they stay until they reach sixteen, seventeen or eighteen years of age. These are normally local authority maintained schools (State Schools) and are free to all children between the ages of five and sixteen. You could choose to send your child to an independent school, (private/public schools) but you would pay for their education.
You are expected to make sure that your child has a pen, pencil, ruler etc. but the cost of other more specialised equipment and books are covered by the school. You would be expected to pay for your child’s school uniform and items of sportswear. Charges may also be made for music lessons and for board and lodgings on residential trips.
When you have found a school you would like your children to attend, you must make an appointment with the Head Teacher to discuss whether they have places available.
To find a list of schools in the Belfast area, go to http://www.eani.org.uk/ea-offices/belfast-office and enter your Northern Ireland postcode in the highlighted box. This must be the post code for the address where you will live and NOT the University. Please note you cannot register your children for school enrolment until you arrive in the UK.
It is your responsibility to find a school for your children. Queen’s University cannot book this for you.