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Host Families:

HOW DO WE SELECT THEM ?

It is our main role to allocate the most suitable host family to accommodate the children during the half term / exeat weekend period and the following measures are adopted to achieve the aforesaid goal.

Profile matching
Allocate the most suitable host family for the child according to their location (i.e. nearest to school) and family profile which shall match the child to a greatest extent (e.g, hobbies, interest and preferences).

Basic selection criteria

  • willing and able to devote time to the child
  • a comfortable and welcoming home with a separate room for the child.
  • no smoker
  • those providing broadband internet access is more preferable.

Criminal Record Check
All our host families must be "police checked" ensuring no criminal record.

WHERE ARE THEY ?

We own a nation-wide coverage of host families network which ensure their proximity to the school and prompt offer of assistance to the child's need. At present, the location of our host families away from school is ranging from a few minutes walk to one hour driving time of distance in maximum.

WHAT WILL BE THE TRAVELLING ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN THE HOST FAMILY AND THE SCHOOL ?

It will usually be the host families who escort the children to and from school and it is only when they are not available or without private car that taxi will be arranged.

HOW TO SAFEGUARD THE CHILDREN WELFARE BENEFIT AND SAFETY ?

Personal home visit
All our host families must have been visited by us to check their internal and external house environment ensuring it is a safe place for the children.

Maintain regular contact
Maintain regular contact with the child and the host family during the homestay period to ensure their building up of harmonious relationship or resolve any problem arises out of misunderstanding due to language barrier.

Provide guidelines both to the children and the host families
This is a very effective measure avoid happening of problems which proven to be working very well, indeed, "Preventive and better than Corrective".

WOULD THE HOST FAMILIES ALWAYS BE CHANGED ?

The children will generally stay with the same host family for the whole academic year. This may continue for several years should mutual parties happy with each other.

WHAT IS THE NATIONALITY OF THE HOST FAMILIES ?

All our host families are British families offering them a nice and friendly environment to communicate in English and learn the British culture.



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