International Advice Service: support for families

If you're bringing a family to Dundee, find out what services are available to you

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Covid-19 restrictions

Local services are currently restricted. Face to face activities and social gatherings are likely to be postponed until further notice.

However, there may be the opportunity to engage by telephone, video chat, and email.

University Nursery

Students and staff with children aged 0-5 can apply for a place at the University of Dundee Nursery located in the Dundee University Students' Association (DUSA) building and Airlie Place. 

Places are available full-time or part-time. There is often a waiting list so you are advised to enquire and apply early. 

University Nursery

Local nursery schools

To enrol your child at a local nursery school you should contact the school directly to find out about places, and their enrolment process.

List of local nursery schools on Dundee City Council website

University International Families Group

This group meets every Wednesday morning during University term time from 10:00am to 1:00pm in the Chaplaincy Centre near the Library.

It is an opportunity to meet and make new friends and practise speaking English. Toys are available for children and there are free refreshments.

Email farquars@friendsinternational.org.uk

Enrolment in primary and secondary schools in Dundee

Applications for primary school places can only be submitted once you are in the country.

Guidance and application forms on Dundee City Council website

Bilingual Pupils Support Service

Dundee is a multilingual city with over 60 languages spoken in local schools. The bilingual service offers support to pupils, their parents and teachers.

Bilingual Pupils Support Service website

Adult learning

The Adult Learning section of Dundee City Council provides opportunities to learn new skills, make connections, and join personal development programmes.

They also run English classes for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Adult learning in Dundee

Parent Services from the Early Years team in Dundee City Council

Find support for families, including families with twins and multiples, or children between birth and five with additional needs.who have additional ne

PEEP Groups (Parent Early Education Partnership) promote the role of parents and carers as their child’s first and most important educator.

Parent services development from Dundee City Council

Dundee International Women’s Centre (DIWC)

The DIWC provides a range of social, educational, recreational and volunteering activities, such as classes, training, information and advice.

Programmes include English language classes, cooking classes and IT skills classes for women of all ages

Dundee International Women’s Centre

English Classes

Dundee and Angus College offers full and part time courses leading to internationally recognised English language qualifications. Information on fees and how to apply can be found on the website

Dundee and Angus College

Family-friendly events

Find activities to enjoy with your family on Dundee City Council's events listing.

What’s on in Dundee and the surrounding area

Dundee Translation and Interpretation Service

If you have difficulties understanding English, please contact the Dundee Translation and Interpretation Service at the Mitchell Street Centre.

The Mitchell Street Centre Adult Learning Team also offer ‘Learning in the Community’, free internet access, and a crèche.

Learn more about Mitchell Street Centre services