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Children and Schools

Children and Schools

Home schooling is popular within rural expats

Some rural villages are offering competitive packages, particularly for young families with children if they move to the catchment area, as the local junior schools struggle to maintain viable numbers. One family was offered extremely subsidized accommodation and a free workshop to get them started. Other families have been offered generous building grants, easy planning permission and an open arm of friendly persuasion.

Living in Rural Spain is in many ways different from coastal life. When searching for the perfect smallholding, farm or rural house families with small children have to get their hands around the school timetable. 

Infant school can start at 09:00 to 14:00 and can return after lunch, at 15:30 until 17:30. 

Lunch is usually not provided by the school. Living outside of a rural village, with more than one child could mean you will be spending a great deal of time running the kids to different schools in different villages at different times. Include the shopping and chores in town and the day is cut to pieces and difficult to manage, especially for farmers and smallholders.

This is one of the reasons that home schooling is popular with rural expats

Homeschooling was declared technically illegal in Spain in 2010. People do home school with permission, however if the child is already enrolled in a local school, the school may withhold the permission and denounce the parents to social services.

Parents in rural areas may need to top up village education particularly in the area of technologie as facilities are particularly basic. However, smaller class sizes and intimate community means there is a strong connection between stuff, children and parents. 

One parent said: “We have been here in the village for over twenty years, my thirty year old son often has dinner or a drink with his former teachers, and some of them are still considered friends”.

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