We have decided to go for it and move back to the UK next summer. My husband will be staying in the US to work but will come over whenever he can. I’m going to rent a house with the children (1,3 & 5)very close to my parents and other immediate family. My husband ( a US citizen) works away a lot and I’m tired of not having any support while he’s gone. Eventually he will join us to live and we will all be there permanently. I’m most concerned about access to healthcare and schools. My five year old will need to start school in September 2018 and I’m hoping the local primary will have a spot for her! Does anyone have any experience in this? I know there’s a deadline for applications but we will miss that since we won’t be living back there until the summer. Will we be able to use the NHS? I plan to apply for US citizenship before we leave so I have both. Can anyone think of other things I should do to make our lives easier before we get back?!
Also if I am judging your kids ages correctly you will be looking at a Y1 place for your five year old? That's not a usual admission point, and will be counted as an in-year transfer (I think) Check when you need to apply for a Reception place for your three year old, it might be sooner than you think. If you end up having to appeal for a place for your 5 year old, having a sibling with a place at the school already may help you. (But ask on Primary Education for real advice- there are some admissions experts on there)
Also if your five year old will be six before the end of August 2018 then they will be going in to year 2. If your 3 year old will be 4 before the end of August then they will be starting reception class. That’s the one you might struggle with, getting them in to the same school will be tricky.
Great to have some company on this! I’m excited about the thought of going home but it’s a bit overwhelming! I should clarify the ages of my kids. My five year old will be six at the end of September. Will it still be an in year transfer if she starts at the beginning of the school year in September? My middle child isn’t three until the end of December. I’d be trying to get into a Norfolk school, in a small town. Initially we will rent a house owned by a family member so accommodation isn’t a problem.
Unless children start at the normal time for starting the school (reception, or first year of any other school) then yes it’s called an in year admission. They will start year 1 so you won’t have much choice and may have to go on a waiting list if you have a preferred school.
We moved back this summer to a crazily over subscribed part of the UK school-wise. I got the in Year admissions forms into the council the very day we moved into our new house. All my DC got places at their schools of choice and have been in schools since September. Happy days. I would advise you to contact the council now and get the forms ready to hand in the day you move in to your rented house. Then make sure you chase if you hear nothing by start of term..