Big Mamma

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  1. So there's two things - leaving your kid in a kita and leaving your kid in a German speaking environment.

     

    I did the same thing to my son when he was two years and 3 months old. We only speak English at home - he did not know a word of German. He cried when I left him in the morning for about 6 months - but not because of the language - just because he missed mum. As soon as I had walked 15m from the kita he stopped crying. It was all for show for me :D

     

    His German is excellent and he learnt it VERY quickly. However, he was speaking alot in English already so I don't know if that helped. But every child is different, every kita is different.

     

    Putting him in a German only speaking kita was the best thing I ever did. I always say that giving him this exposure was worth the move out here.

     

    If possible I would say find a friendly family who goes to the kita and after a few weeks/coupla months of your child attending befriend them and have the kids play together away from the kita. I think doing this gives the lil ones more confidence when they are back in kita with the rest of the group.

     

    Good luck and keep us posted.

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  2. Oh Christmas was pleasant this year but after 5 years of not spending it with my family in the UK, this year I've realised no real tree or best cuts of meat will make up for their company.

     

    AND...to make it worse...no one comes carol singing at my door step here :(

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  3. Deirdss,

     

    I'm about to pop myself. My midwife is excellent and originally from Ireland. She's patient, kind and if I remember correctly has about 20 years in the business. I spoke to her today about your situation. Please feel free to contact:

     

    http://www.geburtshilfe-berlin.com/

     

    Gemeinschaftspraxis

    Dr. med. Jörg Meckies

    Frau Barbara Geuer

    Dr. med. Jessica Meckies

    Dr. med. Berrit Matthies

    Adresse

    Schloßstrasse 88

    12163 Berlin

     

    Tel.: +49- (30)- 531 44 110

     

    and ask for the midwife Geraldine Kavanagh .

     

    The practice itself is just amazing. Everyone speaks brilliant English there and are very friendly.

     

    Also, when it comes to having the full analysis (feindiagnostik durchgefuhrt ) of the babies I would recommend going to:

    http://www.ultraschallpraxis-hartung.de/

    Dr. Hartung, Tel: (030) 79 74 60 89.

     

    He happens to be one floor down to the baby practice as mentioned above. I would say the receptionists' English isn't perfect but they are friendly.

     

    The doctors English is great. He did a lot of his training in London and what I loved was I was given a DVD of baby in 3D - lots of pics and videos for free! Since this is my first baby in Germany (but second child) I don't know if this is the usual procedure here but I certainly didn't get that in the UK! It was a lovely surprise.

     

    Good luck with everything. Give me a shout if you need to talk to anyone about baby stuff :D

     

    Big (VERY BIG) Mamma

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  4. I didn't read all the comments (i'm tired) but there is not set standard of which order they test you/telephone interview, face-tof ace- interview you, etc. It really depends on what team they are from. Currently there are about 18 different teams. The largest are Credit Operations, Legal, Compliance and the Quant institute. Getting feedback from Bankpower or the bank itself can vary between 1 week and four months.

     

    The pay is not great at all BUT...everything else about it I love. My German is very basic but all I speak at work is English. The location is convenient. I get to stay in the finance industry without having to move to Frankfurt/Munich, etc.

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  5. Something i've written in another thread

     

    "I live at Steglitz (Station Rathaus Steglitz) and I love it! Great parks (live right next to the Steglitz park), lovely kitas, great transport system for me and hubbie to get to work (an S bahn and U banh), great kiddies dentist and doctors in town, 3 shopping malls, friendly neighbours/faces (the older locals are always stopping to try and talk with me and my son). A lil high on the rent but that's all good. I haven't lived anywhere else in Berlin but I doubt I will be moving anytime soon."

     

    It is also within proximity to most International schools.

     

    Good luck.

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  6. I live at Steglitz (Station Rathaus Steglitz) and I love it! Great parks, lovely kitas, great transport system for me and hubbie to get to work, great kiddies dentist and doctors in town, 3 shopping malls, friendly neighbours/faces. A lil high on the rent but that's all good. I haven't lived anywhere in Berlin but I doubt I will be moving anytime soon.

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  7. I basically took my original certs with colour photocopies with me to the Uni itself. Then i got one of the admin/registration staff to verify that they had seen the original and for them to stamp and sign the copy. Done.

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