Overseas childcare provision
MOD childcare overseas provided by Defence Children Services offers, where practicable, the standards that you would expect at home. However, provision is very limited and only available in certain locations. When it is available the hours may be different to what you are used to.
In locations where childcare is not offered by the MOD you will need to look to local providers. Standards and availability will vary greatly from location to location. Therefore, you need to research your options and the potential providers in advance of accepting a posting.
The quality of the childcare provision and the activities available can vary from country to country and an Education MOD Assessment of Supportability Overseas (MASO) needs to be completed prior to moving. More information is available from the Overseas Education and Supportability Team (OEST) who provide information and advice regarding education in overseas locations. You can contact the OEST by emailing [email protected].
Once you have identified some local providers we recommend your research the following:
Where you are located may limit your childcare options. It is important you check the provision in the area you will live. In some locations accommodation offered may be in a remote location, so transport to and from the childcare provision needs to be considered.
Availability of childcare
In some locations childcare is in short supply, so it is important you find out if there are spaces and how to register your interest. Ask:
- Do you have spaces available?
- Can places be held with a retainer fee?
- Do you operate a waiting list?
- Do you prioritise spaces? If so, how are they prioritised?
- Do you offer full day, half day and sessional sessions?
Budget is often a key factor when weighing up childcare options so it is important to understand how you will be charged. Ask:
- What are the standard fees?
- Are there any additional charges?
- Do you offer a sibling discount?
- Do you offer a Service discount?
Hours of operation
In some countries childcare provision may not cover a full working day and school holidays may not be covered. If you have children in school you will need to find out if there are local wraparound options as this is not standard practice everywhere. Ask:
- What time do you start and finish?
- Do you operate in school holidays?
In some countries there will be entry requirements which must be met, such as vaccinations. It is important to find out the criteria so you can make appropriate arrangements before you leave the UK.