Preschools, Playgroups, Playschools and Kindergartens in Munich.

 

Preschools, Playgroups, Playschools and Kindergartens in Munich.

 

One great thing about Germany is that they have lots of places where children can spend their days and get to play with others their own age. Preschools, playschools, playgroups are very easy to find and more than likely you'll have one not located too far away from your home. Young children need to be able to interact with other children as a part of the learning and growing process. Especially for English speaking children with parents whose only language is English it's necessary that they get exposed to German and learn the language while they are in Germany. You will be amazed at how fast they pick things up and in just a matter of time your child will be bilingual.

 

The staff working in these groups are usually very friendly and attentive. They won't hesitate to tell you all about your child's day and ensure you that everything is okay. More than likely at the beginning you will have to accompany your child and help him or her to ease into the environment. This part of the system is great as rather than leaving your child in a strange environment on the very first day, you get to ease them in step by step and soon enough, they will be having too much fun to realize you have left. This is also great for the parents as they get an idea of what the day to day activities are like in the group and they also get to know the people who will be looking after their child for a large portion of the day better.

 

Some  Preschools Playschools, Playgroups and Kindergartens also offer both English and German and so your child will be able to keep practicing his or her native language. Most of these groups will have both native English and native German speakers.

 

 

Here are some great Preschools Playschools, Playgroups and Kindergartens in the Munich area.

 

Name: English Montessori Preschool
Address: Perhamerstr. 49, Munich
Laim
Telephone number: 089 5460855

Website: www.englishmontessori.de

 

 

Name: International Montessori English Speaking Pre-School e.V.
Address:
Asamstraße
854 München

Website: http://www.preschool.de/

 

 

Name: Gymboree Play & Music München
Address: Forum Bogenhausen
Richard-Strauss-Strasse 80, 8679 München
Telephone number: 089 2323 2996
Email address: info@GymboreeDeutschland.de

 

Name: Rainbow Preschool
Address: Joseph-Retzer-Str., Munich
Pasing
Telephone number: 0842 506485

Email address: info@rainbow-preschool.de

Website: http://www.rainbow-preschool.de/

 

 

Name: Chocolate Butterflies e.V.
Address: Gaissacherstr. 2, Munich
Sendling
Telephone Number: 089 7460700
Email address:
info@chocolate-butterflies.de

Website: www.chocolate-butterflies.de

 

Name: Munich Mommies and Munchkins
Munich, Germany
Telephone number: 0522 766 3746
Email address: MunichMommies@hotmail.com

Website: http://www.munichmommies.com/

 

Name: Kinderhaus Laterne
Address: Balanstr. 36
8539 München

Telephone number: 089 4 527 73

Email address: info@kinderhaus-laterne.de
Website:
www.kinderhaus-laterne.de

 

Name: International House for Kids
Address: Nymphenburger Str. 20
80636 München

Telephone number: 089 27 3 64

Email address: info@house-for-kids.de

Website:http://www.house-for-kids.de

 

Name: Elly und Stoffel

Address: Röntgenstraße 5
8679 Munich
Germany
Telephone number: +49 (89)  66 66 33 99 - 5
E-Mail Address:
s.grunwald@ellyundstoffl.de

Website: http://www.ellyundstoffl.de/en/contact.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ISDN, DSL, Cable: Broadband Internet in Germany

ISDN, DSL, Cable: Broadband Internet in Germany

 

The internet has become such a dominant part of our every day lives. Its importance for keeping in touch with friends, doing research and also allowing for a smooth process in the working environment is ever increasing. Being in Germany as an expatriate more than likely means that you have left friends and family and  possibly even a business or two behind in your native country. Being able to keep up with everyday happenings in a country where you no longer reside is made significantly easier through the existence of the internet. So it comes as no surprise that finding an internet provider is one of the highest things on your to-do list.

 

Broadband internet in Germany is rather cheap and there are many companies to choose from. With high speed internet connections and the possibility to have a flat rate on internet and telephone makes broadband internet very attractive. The prices vary from provider to provider and may also be higher or lower depending on the internet speed that you desire.

Cable Television and Internet access.

The possibility is there for internet and telephone access via ones cable television connection. Through this option you are looking at having your internet and telephone fixed to the cable television connection. This is a very low cost option and the internet speed is typically very fast.

So how does one choose an Internet provider in Germany?

Research is the first thing that you will need to do. Rather than opting for the first company that you hear of or see, check to ensure that they do provide what you are looking for. It may also be a good idea to get some feedback from existing customers to see what complaints, if any, they have about the company. This may save you a lot of stress in the future as some companies are known to have terrible customer service, and when something is wrong, the difficulty in being able to get the information and the help you need is very high. Knowing this before hand may help you to make a wiser decision and know what to expect from customer service reps and how to go about dealing with them in order to obtain helpful information.

Know what connection speed you will need and ensure that the provider you are looking into is capable of providing such speeds. You will also need to be aware of the price of the services and decide whether or not they fit your budget. Some companies offer a free wireless router with their packages, others charge a monthly fee and others require you to purchase your own. It is important to weigh what the packages include as well as to compare different companies to see if you will be getting your money's worth. Another deciding factor may be whether or not a company has a minimum contract requirement as well as if they are able to provide information in English.

Some internet providers include:

http://www.teltarif.de/

http://www.qsc.de/

http://www.cablesurf.de/

https://dsl.und.de

http://dsl.o2online.de/

http://www.kabeldeutschland.de/

 

 

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International Schools Bonn

International Schools Bonn

 

One of the great things about living in Bonn is the existence of phenomenal education. Many expats dread the change that will overcome their child when uprooting and integrating into the German society. With a large number of expatriate children having no German language experience prior to moving to Germany, school can be a scary thing. However, international schools lighten the stress as it reassures parents that their children will not be held behind due to a lack of understanding and knowledge of the German language.

 

Most international schools in Germany use English as their language of instruction. This, however, does not mean that the students who attend international schools do have the opportunity to learn German. Classes are set and designed in a way to give children an equal balance while still allowing them to excel in their native language. The environment in international schools is a lot different from that of a public German school. For starters there is the fact that the class sizes are significantly smaller. This means that each student's voice gets heard, and no one gets lost in the mix. Parents are typically more active in international schools and PTA's are large amongst the parents. Being able to know how one's child is integrating into the new system is important for parents. International schools pride themselves on being able to provide parents with that security and thus in a sense, not only integrate the students into the school environment, but also the parents.

 

The Independent Bonn International School

 

Founded in 963, the Independent Bonn International School is a school that provides education for students from all over the globe. Being the oldest international school in Bonn means that the Independent Bonn International School has a lot of experience when it comes to educating children from all backgrounds. The base language of the school is English but German is also an essential part of the curriculum. IBIS is also great in that it follows a curriculum that allows easy integration into the German school system provided that at some point a parent wants to change their child's school.

 

 The Bonn International School

 

With less than a thousand students and slightly over 70 teachers, the Bonn International School provides a great, lively atmosphere where students can acquire exceptional education. Following the International Baccalaureate course of study means that the Bonn International School provides children with a high level of education that is universally recognized.  Students will also have the opportunity to take the PSAT and SAT and though English is the primary language, German classes are also of high importance. Once a student is approaching graduation, counseling is provided to help them with their applications and decisions on which universities to consider. The staff at the Bonn International School has the student's best interest in mind and work with them to help them bring out their best and achieve their goals.

 

 

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International School in Seeheim

International School in Seeheim

 

Why choose an international school?

 

You've landed in Seeheim either for work or personal preference and now it's time to get the kids and their backpacks together and have them putting their brains to work. But what school will they go to? Provided you are an English speaking family, you'll perhaps want to ensure that your child practices his or her English. Especially if you are planning on returning home at some point in time, you'll want to ensure that your child doesn't lose their native language in the process of integrating into the German system. International schools are a great option. Not only will your child be carrying out their studies in English but also in German. Most International Schools offer a great mix of both languages and so you can be sure that your child will pick up German in no time at all, kids are in fact fast learners.

 

But of course you won't want to be sending your child to a school only because of the languages offer. You'll want to ensure that the overall education is great and that the atmosphere is just right. Your child will be spending the majority of his or her day in school and thus comfort is essential. You'll want them to have fun and feel like they belong. There's no fun in having to drag a child kicking and screaming to school every day and worrying about their happiness all day long.

 

The transition is a big one, and the would have left behind all their old friends to tackle this new country with you so you will want to ensure that they come out happy and victorious.

 

The Schuldorf-Bergstraße and the State International School (SISS)

 

Founded in 2005, the State International School Seeheim is relatively young. This is a wonderful public school located in Seeheim where German and English are the main languages practiced but English remains the primary instructional language. The staff consists of both native English and native German speakers and the children get a good mix of both languages. The class sizes are rather small with a maximum of twenty students per class. Starting from preschool SISS educates up to Secondary school.

 

Students who attend SISS will be subject to the International Primary Curriculum where they will be adequately prepared to succeed for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education and also the International Baccalaureate or depending on their preference the German Abitur (German high school diploma). This school is a great option as parents will not have to pay high fees for the quality education their child will be receiving. SISS is indeed a public school which means there are no costs outside of the monthly 300 euros for after school care. Student will also receive meals and be able to partake in extracurricular activities.

 

 

For more information on SISS check out their website at: http://www.schuldorf.de/source/interschul/start.html

 

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International Money Transfers to and from Germany

International Money Transfers to and from Germany

Transferring money Internationally can sometimes be expensive, especially if you are not aware of the hidden charges, exchange rates and fees that you may be subjected to. It may be helpful to find out this information in advance so that when the situation arises you aren't left dumbfounded by the costs.

A large majority of the problems one may experience is not going through a reliable merchant when carrying out their transaction. Though at a first glance, some options may seen significantly cheaper than others, and thus more attractive, it is important to thoroughly analyze the means you are planning on using in order to ensure that there aren't other costs that will be incurred. If there are, in no time, you may realize that their prices only seemed low because everything was hidden well, just to lure you in.

Expatriates working in Germany often send money back to their home country, to their families or to a savings account they have at home if they have a German bank account where their salary is deposited. For those who have properties overseas and have to make regular payments on their properties, not taking the proper precautions can mean that your property will cost a lot more in the long run.

The main problem for many comes with the exchange rate. When sending money to a country that doesn't use the Euro, you have to be ware of the exchange rate. Euro to Pounds, Euro to Dollars, whatever it is, you need to know where you will be offered the best rate. Most people tend to just do the transactions through their banks. However, this can be one of the most expensive ways, as their exchange rates are typically not as good as elsewhere. When transferring money through your bank, you may not only be looking at losing money through the unfavorable exchange rates but also due to other fees that are applied on International transactions.

Though it may not be a burden to incur some of the fees one time, when you make multiple transactions a year, it all adds up and if you look back you may realize that it was indeed a lot pricier than you had anticipated. Be sure to compare the rates that your personal bank offers with the rates you may get at another currency specialist. Using a currency specialist is a popular and usually a better option. Reports show that the savings lie between 2 and 4 percent when opting for a specialist rather than going through your bank. 

 

Currency specialists may be your best option when it comes to transferring money abroad. Be sure to check that the specialist you are using is indeed credible and has all the correct license and documentation needed to carry out that form of business. Many people have switched to using a currency specialist, especially for larger and more frequent transactions.

 

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Importing a car into Germany

Importing a car into Germany

 

When moving to Germany, rather than buying a new car, you may want to ship your car from home. In order to do so your car will have to meet certain standards. In addition to these standard you will have to be able to provide the necessary documentation which may include the title of the car and for leased vehicles you will need a letter from the associated authorities stating that you are permitted to ship the car out of the country.

 

What needs to be done to your car before shipping it to Germany?

The following will need to pass a German technical inspection.

·         Headlights

·         emission

·          brakes

·          rust

·          tires

 

 

Do I have to pay duty?

Not necessarily. There are ways in which you may be exempt from paying duty when shipping your vehicle to Germany. Provided that you can supply proof that you have given up your residence in your home country due to your plans to move to Germany then you may be able to ship your vehicle duty free. Of course you will need to provide documentation that may include:

·         termination of rental contract

·         acceptance to a job in Germany

·         your German rental contract

In order to be applicable for duty free shipment of your car or other form of vehicle you are required to provide evidence that you are the sole owner of the vehicle and you have used the vehicle for at least 6 months prior to the date that you plan on having it shipped.

 

How much will the duty be on my car?

Provided the you are not exempt from paying duty on your vehicle, you will be required to pay 0% import duty in addition to the 5% value added tax. If your car or vehicle is vintage, the you will only be subjected to 7% duty.

 

Do I have to change my license plate?

If your stay in Germany will not exceed 2 months, you may be allowed to keep your home license plate as well as registration. You will, however, be required to have all applicable documents translated into the German language by a certified German translator.

 

When should I have my car shipped?

Rental cars in Germany are relatively expensive in comparison to the United States. As a result, you may want to consider having your car shipped to Germany so that it will arrive around the time that you will be in Germany. This may mean that you will need to rent a car for the rest of your stay in the United States. However, it will save you quite a bit of money.

 

Here are the websites of a few companies that ship from United States to Germany:

·         www.shipoverseas.com

·         http://www.schumachercargo.com

·         http://www.shipmyvehicle.com/

·         http://shippingtooverseas.com/

·         http://www.shipdei.com/

 

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