9 Tips for Families Moving to Madrid – With Sinéad Galvin, educational consultant (Steps into Spain)

January 30, 2023 | MumAbroad Life Video Channel

Are you one of the many international families moving to Madrid?

The Sinéad Galvin has 9 tips for you:

  1. Start thinking about schools & properties before you arrive
  2. Start taking Spanish lessons
  3. Consider finding a professional to help you with paperwork, house-hunting & school-finding
  4. Renting is a great way to ease into Madrid – but the market moves fast
  5. Consider using an estate agent or personal real estate shopper
  6. Top family areas to live in Madrid: Chamberi, Retiro, Barrio de Salamanca, Arturo Soria, Madrid Rio, Las Rozas and Majadahonda
  7. See if you’re eligible for public healthcare in Madrid – or go private
  8. Choose one of the three main types of schools in Madrid: state, concertado or private
  9. Did we mention start learning Spanish already?

To find out more, just visit the chapter in the video above to find the answers you’re looking for.

Who is Sinéad Galvin?

Sinéad Galvin is an Irish educational consultant, mum of 3 and founder of Steps into Spain – an educational consultancy for international families in Madrid. Sinéad helps families understand the Spanish education system and find the right school for their child among a range of international schools in Madrid.

What’s great about Sinéad?

She’s an English-speaking expat who has already gone through the process of moving to Madrid with a family. Her children are in the Madrid school system and Sinéad works week-in week-out with international families moving to Madrid.

She also has the following resources for you:



For any educational queries for for advice moving to Madrid with family, contact Sinéad via Steps into Spain.

What is Steps into Spain?

Steps into Spain is a boutique education consultancy in Madrid, offering help at every stage of the academic journey.

You can book a free consultation call with Sinéad at the Steps into Spain website.

When working with expat families, Sinead maps a journey for each family of between 3 and 8 steps. She ensures that families follow the right path and assists with decision-making along the way.

As a mum of three, Sinead understands and ‘gets’ what each family wants and needs. As a professional independent educational consultant in Madrid, she will ensure your family doesn’t miss out on the best academic experience schools in Madrid can offer.

More information

MumAbroad has a directory of the top-rated international schools in Madrid. You can see an overview of the Spanish education system here and find a list of educational specialists in Spain here.

If you’re thinking of moving to Spain, visit our Ultimate Family Guide to Moving to Spain.

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By 2014, the network had grown to include information on child-related services, schools, family activities, shops, family holidays and restaurants across Spain and three other European countries. The international network is proud to feature a Women in Business directory, giving home-country, expat and immigrant women a platform to reinvent themselves after maternity leave and serve the MumAbroad community.

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