Will be thankful for any recommendations...
We'll be staying in Zamalek for a couple of months but we'll be moving closer to Ahmad Oraby, that's at Cairo-Ismailia road. So, i think anywhere near new cairo or misr algadeeda or obour will be great.
2 are 19 months old, not yet potty trained. And a 4 y/o, we are still looking for schools for him.
If they speak English 95% of the time at the day care, that'll be great, the young ones would not have a problem understanding Arabic (I think) but I don't want them to lose the English, as they are already communicating in English.
Thanks in advance.
I don't see how they could possibly lose their English if that is the language that you use at home. If I was in your shoes I would place them in a reputable nursery that employs english speaking staff and spend the rest of the Academic year reseArching, enquiring And comparing international or even language schools in your area that suits your budget.I was brought up in a Catholic school and most of them were native italian, spanish or french speakers but since they are employing egyptians (they had to keep the fees moderate) up till now, we didn't get much benefit from the languages that were used among them.
We will be speaking English at home, definitely, but since the time they spend at school can be longer than that spent at home, their tendency to catch Arabic will be higher esp. the younger ones.
I know any international school will be very expensive, that's right, but I don't even know the average, would it be 6,000-7,000 LE per month or is it >10,000LE
Thanks a lot, will give the AUC one a try. 20,000 a year is so much better than i imagined. Thanks again.For our German nursery we are paying ca 20.000 LE per year (not including food or diapers). I think other international nurseries are similar, maybe a bit higher or lower. For this money we have a group of 15 kids aged 1-3, two native German teachers and one Egyptian helper.
There is a VERY good nursery at AUC New Cairo, but I know they have incredible waiting lists... That is probably the best one I can recommend in your area.
Do all day cares close that early?? 3:45. Or 4:45 for extra fees !! that's very early compared to US for example, day care centers close at 6:30pm, and the extended day is until 8:30 in some places.
They don't even open early, 8 am. So, for any working parent, it's less than 8 hours shift.
No wonder all people I know in Egypt kept telling me you'll need someone (a maid) to help you. I'm still against the idea, or I'm not totally convinced but i think I will consider it very soon.If you compare things in the US to here you will soon be carted off in a straight jacket..
You are not in the US you are in Egypt and most people use international day care as a way for their children to mix with other children and learn basic social skills.
If the parents are working the children are babysat by the maids after nursery school.
Also remember that a lot if not all international nurseries close for the summer, they may have summer school but it tends to be just that, kids come and play, there is no teaching and it is staffed by local Egyptian women not the teachers you have seen during the school terms.