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Can British expat enrol 5 year old at primary school?

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Can British expat enrol 5 year old at primary school?

Postby atoz34 » Tue 10 May 2011 13:12 GMT

Do you have to have a job and/or residency for your 5 year old child to be accepted in a state school in or Malta and/or Gozo?

We are thinking of moving to Malta in September, with my husband starting his own business (therefore no employer).

Does schooling have anything to do with residency permits for British expats? Am I right in thinking all state schools are 'free'?

Also any advice on schooling for 3 year old would be appreciated i.e. is there any free schooling for this age group and/or personal recommendations would be welcome?

Many thanks in advance
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Postby gozomark » Tue 10 May 2011 17:23 GMT

Hi atoz34, and welcome to the forum :-)

My understanding is as an EU citizen all you need is to be resident, which means a residency permit. To get a residency permit you need to prove you have sufficient resources to not be a burden on the state - that means employed, self employed or self sufficient - your husband will be self employed, so he will need to prove income levels sufficient to look after you all financially. As long as can do that, then everything else will follow. If you have sufficient savings to go for self sufficiency to start with that is probably a lot simpler.
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Postby Eggs » Tue 24 May 2011 11:30 GMT

Kids start here generally at 3, our daughter is signed up for October, She is 3 in June :)
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