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debbie davies

relocating with kids

Post by debbie davies » Wed, 19 Jan 2005 5:47 pm

what is the biggest expense in living in singapore with 2 children.

um...

Post by um... » Wed, 19 Jan 2005 8:42 pm

how old are your kids? Mine are 1 and 2. The biggest cost by far is formula milk (approx $20 a tin). Wester veges are expensive. Otherise obvious things like International School fees or a car. Good luck with your move. I have been here a month and I am so glad we are here - it's a wonderful place to have a family

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Post by KLS » Thu, 20 Jan 2005 2:03 am

It's got to be housing, car, & school fees, I guess!

Mind you it also depends on your earnings doesn't it. I mean most expats are well looked after!

But with two kids you can manage well on 5 or 6k providing you live like a local that is. The majority of locals are only earning between 1500 to 3000 on average.

Guest

Re: relocating with kids

Post by Guest » Thu, 20 Jan 2005 1:18 pm

If they are anything from 3 onwards it will be schooling - unless your company pays for it. Very expensive! For half day preschool you may pay anything from 400 SGD onwards per month. It only gets more expensive when they are older. Unless you use church kindergartens. Starting from SGD 100. The public (government) kindergarten is mostly not suitable for expatriates.

Mother of 2

Post by Mother of 2 » Thu, 20 Jan 2005 2:58 pm

For cheaper milk powder, go to the housing estates' Chinese medicine shops. They are sometimes cheaper by upto $4 or $5 per tin!

Guest

Post by Guest » Sun, 23 Jan 2005 7:36 pm

thanks forthe help. kids are boys aged 7 and 9 from south africa needsome advice on school prices.

Guest

Re: relocating with kids

Post by Guest » Mon, 24 Jan 2005 12:56 pm

school prices:

All International Schools in Singapore are listed here:

http://www1.moe.edu.sg/privatesch/Directory/foreign.htm

Maybe you want to inquiry directly.

www.moe.eud.sg will bring you to the Singapore Education Ministry - info on Singapore school system

singapore

local schools

Post by singapore » Wed, 02 Feb 2005 12:35 pm

Unlike US or australia, the best schools in singapore are normally government schools. Perhaps the cheapest way to get quality education is through the local system. Try the ministry of education website to see how you can enrol your children. It cost next to nothing to educate them. International Schools are good too but they are not worth the money...

Getting a car in singapore is too expensive and you don't need it anyway. Transport is cheap and abundant here so use it.

Guest

Re: local schools

Post by Guest » Fri, 04 Feb 2005 1:25 pm

[quote="singapore"]Unlike US or australia, the best schools in singapore are normally government schools. Perhaps the cheapest way to get quality education is through the local system. Try the ministry of education website to see how you can enrol your children. It cost next to nothing to educate them. International Schools are good too but they are not worth the money...

I strongly disagree with this, our children are at the OFS and they have a real good time there. If they return to their homeland for further studies they are accepted without questions asked. I don't see that happen when they attend a local school.

been here 10 years

Post by been here 10 years » Thu, 10 Feb 2005 6:59 am

Local schools are not suitable for expat children. Stick with school that most closely matches your nationality.

Guest

Post by Guest » Thu, 10 Feb 2005 10:13 am

Hell no to local schools. Do you want your kids speaking Singlish? But then agian they'd be good at math and science.

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Sounds good

Post by Lisab » Sun, 26 Jun 2005 6:46 am

Hi,
We are moving over to singapore in one weeks time and our daughter has been offered a place at OFS, it was so nice to hear you saying what a good school it is.
Thanks :D
Lisa x

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