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summer-camps-2013The majority of children in Dubai will soon by saying goodbye to exams and hello summer holidays!

In the past many expat families used the long summer break to escape the heat and spend two months in cooler climes visiting friends and family.  However, today more and more families have both parents working which limits the amount of time families can spend away from Dubai. For this very reason Dubai has witnessed a rise in the amount of companies now offering holiday camps throughout the hot summer months.  So whether your child’s passion is in the sports or arts there will be the opportunity for them to be busy and entertained throughout the whole summer holidays here in Dubai.

Here is a growing list of the camps that will be on offer this summer. Read more

girl in school uniformThe KHDA private school inspections for 2014 – 2015 are out. The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) is a regulatory authority of the Government of Dubai and is responsible for the growth, direction and quality of private education and learning in Dubai. Their work ranges from early childhood to adult learning and, guided by the Government’s strategy, is carried out to ensure everything we do benefits our highest priority – the students of Dubai. Read more here

relocating childrenThird Culture Kids are resilient creatures, but like adults, many find the move back to their passport country especially difficult. As parents, it’s our job to help them readjust. It takes preparation, patience and sensitivity, and I know from experience that it’s not always easy.

(While it’s normal for children to struggle with this final relocation, kids who have a worrying amount of trouble adjusting might benefit from professional counselling, preferably with a therapist familiar with Third Culture Kids.)
Grief is common among repatriating TCKs

Children aren’t always able to express their grief in ways that adults understand — they may not understand it themselves — but they have a right to mourn the end of the familiar. By not acknowledging children’s grief, parents send the message that their feelings aren’t important. Read more

Back to school in SharjahRevised school hours primarily affect Year 1 until Year 13

Schools in Dubai have announced reduced Ramadan timings this summer.

Many schools have started informing parents about the revised school hours, which primarily affect Year 1 until Year 13.

“Please be aware that Ramadan is scheduled to commence on Thursday, June 18, 2015.  School operating hours will be from 8am to 1 pm.” Read more

Just watching my children with all their friends of different nationalities it is clear to see what a small world our children now live in and how important it is to encourage this international mindedness throughout their education. Read more

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