What you need to know

As a taste of all the basic information and procedures you need to go through, to get yourself and your family settled, here is an example of the Specific Areas you need to know and take action:

  1. Banking system & Shopping: bank accounts, types of payment, returns policy, "cash back", secure online shopping, main supermarkets, brands/products comparative, organic foods & farmers markets, buy/sell 2nd hand …
  2. Child/infant care-Schools & Education: types of childcare, school system, private vs. public, Ofsted reports, after school activities, nanny, baby sitting services, leisure camps, playgroups, …
  3. Cross cultural differences: how to be part of the local community and culture events, get to know the main holidays and why are they important, British culture and manners, how to connect with the neighborhood, the importance of the weather, …
  4. Health system/social care & Emergency services: NHS vs. private, how to register with the doctor, in case of emergency, basic medicine cabinet (each country has different brands/names), dentist, optician, children's immunisation, pregnancies, …
  5. Household related services: set up the utilities contracts, digital TV and phones, security, recycling, insurances, DIY, relations with the neighborhood, the importance of the borough, pets' care, …
  6. Transport & Travel: validating drive license, parking permits, congestion charge, public transport-Oyster card, travelling in&out the city around the UK and Europe, how to plan those trips, legislation and fines, …
  7. Wellbeing & Leisure: private vs. public gyms, outdoors sports (horse riding, cycling, football..), indoors sports (tennis, swimming pools,…), "pay as you go", hairdressers-the type of services and main chains, spa treatments, at home services, children's services, cinemas, theatres, comedy and opera- how to access the best price, museums, exhibitions, concerts - the value of membership, places of worship …
  8. Working in the UK: NI, work permits, legal documents, part time jobs, flexible hours, networking …

And many more, just let us know what it is important for you to know and understand.