Bringing Up Your Children In The Algarve

With Portugal's rich history, sunshine 300+ days of the year, gracious and friendly people, great healthcare, excellent quality of life – it’s no wonder that families are drawn to Portugal and in particular to the Algarve. If you have young children, then their education and well-being is obviously paramount, although it’s worth remembering that children are very adaptable, pick up foreign languages quickly and generally adjust to new experiences faster than adults. 

Education in Portugal starts with pre-school or kindergarten (Jardim de Infância) and is not compulsory, however, children between the ages of 3 and 6 may be accepted in kindergartens. Socialising at a young age brings huge benefits as well as learning skills that prepare them for school. In addition, there are many creches and child-minders offering compatible care for working parents.

Schooling is compulsory up to the age of 15 and free in state schools from 6 to 18. Many children thrive at the local primary school and integrate easily. Naturally, the curriculum and language are Portuguese, with second and third languages being mandatory at different stages. 

There are also a number of International and British schools across the Algarve offering the International Baccalaureate and in some instances, British qualifications. These schools are private, some provide boarding facilities and most offer a range of academic programmes from ages 3 to 18. Depending on where you decide to settle, there are a number of great schools to consider:

Vilamoura International School in Vilamoura.
Nobel International School Algarve located in Lagoa and Lagos and with a new campus opening in September in Almancil. 
Vale Verde International School in Praia da Luz, near Lagos.
Aljezur International School on the western coast of the Algarve.
Eden Montessori School in Albufeira.
Escola Alemã do Algarve – a German school in Silves.
Colegio Santiago Internacional in the centre of Tavira.
Eupheus International School opening in September in Loule.

It is worth keeping in mind that many children successfully complete their education in Portugal under the national system and in the Portuguese language. This gives them the opportunity to learn the third most spoken European language in the world, bridging the gap to places like Africa and Brazil.

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