So, still mulling over moving to Belfast. Have looked into schools and found lots of information. One thing I am having trouble finding info on is clubs / activities for children outside of school. Things like sports clubs or scouts. Is there a website or resource with this type of info?
When I moved back to Belfast I found the school had free after-school clubs and some sports stuff which was a pleasant surprise. I also googled local churches for GB, Guides etc and asked around. It was fairly easy and not half as expensive as where I used to live.
If you move you will make new contacts in the area and when the kids mix you'll find out a lot more. It all fell into place fairly easily. I'm not sure about a database of information but hopefully someone else may know if there is.
Thanks, just thought I'd ask to see if there was anything. Was just getting a bit concerned about DC making friends locally. I spoke to headteacher of a primary in Belfast who explained that they don't have catchment areas anymore and they have children attending their school from a fair distance outside Belfast. So that started me thinking about clubs locally. I just worry too much!
Yes, the catchment thing isn't as prevalent here, you would of course get a school place much easier if it was a popular school and you lived beside it but otherwise kids come from everywhere. I have to admit I haven't quite worked out the logic of it all ! As to the main point, my DD has made friends in school with kids from different areas and they have sleepovers. I find with the after schools and homework they're quite busy - I think no matter where you are, you'll always worry about the kids !
Have you tried your local library? You’ll likely find they run clubs for kids. I work in Shankill area our library is fab it has art club and coding club. Also check out any art centres or community centres too. I work in the Arts so obviously I’m biased that way but there are lots of sports activity clubs too at often free or low prices. If you’re happy letting me know what area you moving too maybe I could help you look?