Family, Children, and Education in Singapore
Many expats do not expect Singapore, a country which is mostly known for its concrete jungles, to be a family-friendly place to live. However, there are many child-appropriate activities for little explorers, junior adventurers, and aspiring artists. On weekdays, various childcare centers take care of the little ones when their parents are at work. Many of them also offer flexible arrangements and follow an official curriculum. There is no need to worry about your children while you are busy arranging meetings. Every childcare center is registered with the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and subject to regular inspections.
Singapore’s Education System
Singapore offers excellent education at 365 pre-schools, primary schools, and secondary schools, with different academic programs. The aim is to help children develop social skills and academic strengths and to prepare them for a successful career. Pre-school and primary school education are very straightforward in Singapore. Secondary school, however, gives children the opportunity to choose which path they want to take and if they wish to attend a regular secondary school, a specialized school, or an integrated program. They can then move on to a junior college, a polytechnic, or an institute of technical education. Expat parents will be glad to learn that Singapore is home to a variety of international schools. They are the best choice for expat children who will only spend a limited amount of time there or for parents who want their kids to receive an international diploma. Many international schools offer a national curriculum in addition to an international education. Although Singapore is a rather small country, Singapore has a large number of universities and institutions of higher education. There are seven public universities and countless private and foreign institutes. Generally, prospective students need to show proof of a high school diploma or equivalent thereof in order to be accepted there.
Language Classes and Marriage in Singapore
Singapore has four official languages: Chinese, Malay, English, and Tamil. For expats it is often quite challenging to acquire at least a basic knowledge of these languages, especially as most of them get by with their English language skills. The good news is that there are lots of language schools that offer courses in Mandarin, Malay, or Tamil. Those who are looking for private teachers can be sure to find that as well. Getting married abroad often sounds more complicated than it really is. Although there is a fair amount of paperwork involved when you get married in Singapore, it is not as much work as you might expect. It is important to register and solemnize your marriage at the Registry of Marriages (ROM) or the Registry of Muslim Marriages (ROMM). You need a licensed solemnizer and two witnesses for your wedding ceremony to make it legal.