We’ve had a great experience working with Sinead and the Steps into Spain Team as we explored coming to live in Madrid from the US for a year. Our focus has been on finding the right school(s) for our kids; they have excelled in hearing what we were looking for, finding a number of schools that met our criteria, talking us through the various options, and making personal connections at our top choice schools. They’ve also had advice on neighborhoods to live in and other important details regarding the transition. We could not have done this without them! We’ll continue to use their services as we get closer to our move date. Thank you so much!
Sinead is amazing! When moving to Madrid, we wanted to live in the city and find a bilingual school for our boys (8 and 4), without sending them to the major British/American private schools in the suburbs. Sinead talked us through all of the options, including recommending a neighborhood that we love. On her recommendation, we decided to go with a bilingual public school, and Sinead took care of all of the paperwork and navigated the bureaucracy. The boys ended up in a small concertado in our neighborhood that is a perfect fit for them. If you’re moving to Spain from abroad, the process of enrolling in public school can be a bit daunting. Sinead is truly an expert on schooling in Madrid, and also a great sounding board for any little questions that come up during the move. She’s the best – highly recommend!
Sinead was wonderful to work with. She delivered the school we were looking for, quickly and under pressure. She also helped us find a lawyer to deal with our visa issues. Excellent communication and follow-up. Very strong recommendation!
I had an excellent experience with Sinead (Steps into Spain) in our venture to find the right schools for our children, prior to moving to Madrid.
I chose to use this service as we needed the knowledge of someone local ‘in the know’ and of course her being Irish like myself was a bonus.
I believe her service has made a significant difference in the choice of school for our children. The personalised attention to detail was greatly appreciated, especially as our kids had a slightly atypical schooling background in English and French.
Would definitely recommend!
Sinéad nos ha ayudado mucho a llegar a España con una decisión tomada respecto el come de nuestros hijos. Y estamos muy felices con dicha decisión ahora que comenzaron las clases!!
Sinead accompanied us in the process of moving to Madrid, starting months before we actually moved. She guided us to a select a neighborhood to live in, based on our preferences – and indeed it is a perfect fit for what we wanted. She facilitated the entire house searching process for us and has been a tremendous help – as we didn’t speak Spanish, we made all the necessary communications and coordinations for us. She also accompanied us in the process of registering our girls to school, which again can be almost impossible for outsiders without language… Along the way, whenever we needed a ”local” advise, she was always attentive and referred us to great resources from her professional and personal network – from an internal decorator to a place for vacation, even good restaurants 🙂 always with a big smile and a great willingness to help. Thank yoy Sinead, it was a pleasure!
Thanks for your advice last year. Being new to expat life, now I know I should have found and hired you a year ago! Going off of word of mouth has never proved successful for us. An informed and unbiased voice would have made all the difference!
We are so happy we contacted Sinead at Steps into Spain while trying to navigate finding a school for our two kids. We were researching schools in Spain prior to our move there, while living in the US, which was difficult. It helped so much to have a thoughtful person “on the inside,” to make recommendations. We thought we had looked at every school in Madrid, but Sinead turned us on to one we hadn’t been considering and it ended up being our top choice. Now the kids have been accepted at that school and it is a huge weight off my shoulders, that we have found a school where we think they will thrive. And it is all thanks to Sinead! She was very communicative throughout the process and I always felt I could reach out to her with any questions or issues that arose. I really trusted her experienced advice. I would wholeheartedly recommend that any parent relocating to Spain reach out to Sinead.
When we started our relocation to Madrid, my first priority was finding the best school for our children. Sinéad and Steps into Spain came highly recommended and now I know why. She was so patient with us – she carefully listened to all my concerns and goals for our school. She offered perspective from her own personal experience and guided us each step of the way. Even when we made a last minute change to our decision, Sinéad was supportive and understanding. We have since arrived in Spain and visited the school our children will start in September. It is the perfect fit for our family. Thank you, Sinéad!