International families usually choose international preschools when they only intend to be in the foreign country for a short period of time. At the end of this time (often the duration of an employment contract for an international company) their children must re-enter their usual education system, or move on to a different international setting. Many local families choose an international preschool to give their child an opportunity to learn the language of the international school – in our case, English. Some families have plans for long-term travel or to move to another country for employment, and want to prepare their child for an English speaking environment. Some local families prefer the educational structure an international preschool provides, or simply want their child to have a wider world view through meeting and playing with children of other cultures.
Families of mixed nationality (German and another nationality) often want their children to develop their non-dominant language. For example, a number of our families have one German and one American parent. The children in these families experience German at home, on TV, in the playground and in the general environment. These parents want their children to be immersed in an English language environment for part of their day, to bring about a balance in the development of the two languages.