Moving to York

To assist if you are planning to bring your children from overseas to live in York, we've put together some information about:

  • schools
  • information on childcare for children age 0-5
  • opportunities for young adults over 16 years old.

We understand that finding out about the education system and childcare can be difficult for parents outside the UK. The Ethnic Minority Support Service in York works with schools and other education settings to make sure children whose first language isn’t English get the most out of their education in York.


0 to 4 year olds - The Early Years

The families zone of the YorOK website has lots of information for parents. It will tell you about childcare, children’s centres, support groups and health visitors.


Education for children aged 5 to 16 years

English law states that every child of compulsory school age is required to receive efficient full-time education suitable to his age, ability and aptitude, and to any special educational needs he may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.


16 to 19 year olds

The government is increasing the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training. From 2013, young people must continue until the end of the school year in which they have their 17th birthday. In 2015 they must continue in education or training until their 18th birthday.


19 years +

If you are over 19 and need advice on education and training, you can go to York Learning to talk to someone who will help you decide what to do.