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Moving to Dorset with a Young Family

Posted on May 16, 2024 by Shaun Vallance
Moving to Dorset with a Young Family

Dorset has always been a favourite destination for people who no longer feel at home in large cities and want something else. The clean air, sunshine, and outdoor experience appeal to people with young children. It’s also ideal for people who need good transport links for business purposes. With high employment and low crime rates, Dorset ticks many boxes, and there are many choices available.

Woods Removals keeps updated with housing market trends, and many people are moving from London due to the lockdown. We have meticulously compiled a comprehensive guide on everything you need to know when moving with a young family, ensuring you feel informed and guided every step of the way.


  1. What Makes Dorset Appealing to People with Young Families?
  2. Local Council and Information for New Residents
  3. Advice on Schools and Daycare in Dorset
  4. How to Help Children Cope when Moving Home
  5. Choosing the Right Removals Package
  6. Using Self Storage when Relocating
  7. The Benefits of Excellent Customer Service when Moving

What Makes Dorset Appealing to People with Young Families?

Dorset is more than just a location; it’s a gateway to a new adventure for families with young children. Our schools and daycare facilities are not just renowned; they’re trusted for their high standards. From some of the UK’s best nurseries and schools to many activities for everyone to enjoy, Dorset offers a promising future for your children. This blog guides you through this new chapter, ensuring you have the best possible start as a Dorset resident.

In addition to the county’s educational advantages, Dorset is a beautiful place with many towns and villages to make your home. House prices vary from area to area, but there is something for all budgets here. You’ll need to do your research broadly. Dorset also has low crime levels and high employment rates, adding to a vibrant and friendly place to live.

Dorset is not just a place to live; it’s a community that thrives on supporting its residents and visitors. It’s a perfect example of a place that strikes a balance between the two. Here, people rally behind Dorset businesses, and the prominence of sourcing local produce is a testament to this. Farmers’ markets and community retailers are not just places to shop; they’re integral to the community, fostering a strong sense of belonging and making you feel valued.

Suppose you’re considering buying a second property and aiming to retain your main house. In that case, you’ll find many people in the same position. Dorset is a favourite destination for holiday cottages and second homes, with a supporting business sector here to manage the property while you’re away. We have excellent transport links to every main train and bus station in Southern England. Additionally, we’re close enough to London if you have business interests there.

Local Council and Information for New Residents

When you arrive in Dorset, it’s vital that you find the right information about local resources and services. This section covers the basics of local information, and we suggest checking out these resources before arriving.

Local Council

The local council for each area has excellent resources, and you should check out the information they offer. Whether you need a list of local schools or childcare provisions, they will have them or can refer you. They also have extensive information on Dorset and various things happening.

Additionally, you can apply for council tax to ensure you’re compliant. Refuse and recycling are also here, giving you bin collection schedules and related information. You may find property planning and business services helpful.

Contact your current municipality to note your departure date and remove yourself from their council tax list. This helps you avoid those nasty summons letters arriving after you leave.

Emergency services

Dorset has several primary healthcare facilities—you can find them through this NHS directory. If you need private care for specific ailments before you arrive, it’s also worth checking for specific health providers. 

The primary fire and police stations are listed, and the Dorset Council provides information about other emergency services.


We can cover all your removal and storage requirements, but you’ll need a few tradespeople’s contact details. Check out Dorset Trusted Traders, which is a valuable resource for using traders with proven quality and track records.

You can also utilise the “best of” online lists compiled by the business sector. We recommend checking for Google reviews and accreditation from prospective service providers.

Advice on Schools and Daycare in Dorset

Now, let’s tackle one of the most pressing matters for parents – education and childcare support services.

Start your research today

Don’t wait to put off what you can do today until tomorrow. You’re deciding to move your family to a different country. Giving yourself as much time as possible will be best for finding the ideal home and school for the kids. Contacting an estate agent might be a good idea to help arrange viewings.

List of all schools and childcare facilities

If you need more clarification about the exact area you’re moving to in Dorset, start by creating a list of all schools that cater to the ages of your children. You can check each school’s Ofsted scores and any additional achievements online. Then, this process can be repeated for childcare and preschools in Dorset.

Set up meetings at potential schools/preschools

Certain information can only be learned online and by contacting schools. Arranging short meetings with the headmaster of each school or preschool will help you better understand them. Meeting them in person might also help you secure a place for your children.

Visit Dorset a few times

We suggest any potential Dorset resident undertake this. It would help if you got to know Dorset and the surrounding areas first-hand. Google is an excellent resource but not a substitute for the lived experience. Dorset has some unforgettable places to visit and many places to stay overnight, so make a weekend for the whole family.

How to Help Children Cope when Moving Home

Moving to a new home is never easy for anyone, but it’s challenging, potentially even traumatic, for children. While it’s possibly easier for tiny ones because they’re still developing, leaving somewhere familiar can be jarring. For older children, this might cause a lot of stress. They’re leaving behind a childhood home with many memories and best friends. And they’ll likely feel like their world’s ending.

It will help if you prepare them for your relocation early and honestly. Tell them truthfully why you need to move and always be mindful of their feelings. The best way to help get them on board is to ask for their input. Involve them in the packing, visit your new location and commit to remaining in contact with their current friends.

You should visit Dorset at least two or three times before the relocation. Get them to help you note important information and have them record video footage and photos. It will also help if you include plenty of fun activities. Find out if their interests or hobbies are available in the area or nearby. Not only will you get first-hand experience of where you’re moving, but they might also be able to make some new friends before the big move.

It will help if you allow them to spend as much time as possible with their friends. Then, set up some way for them all to keep in contact. This will help bridge the transition until they meet new friends. If you’re struggling for time, consider having a leaving party to get everyone together for a proper farewell. It won’t solve everything, but it will show that you care about their feelings.

Choosing the Right Removals Package

Woods Removals has two leading removal services that work for most relocations. We have a Small Moves service, our version of a man and van package, which is ideal for smaller relocations. Additionally, our Large Removals service covers a variety of sizes of vehicles, from using a man and van vehicle. Moreover, we can adjust aspects of either package to ensure it fits your requirements exactly.

Larger relocations

We usually suggest our Large Removal service for three bedrooms and up properties. However, this is also valid in certain circumstances for people in smaller homes if they have possessions that take up more space in the removal van. Our large removal service fits an entire load in one journey. Our team will plan everything in detail to ensure we cause minimal interruption when packing and loading our van.

Smaller relocations

Our Small Moves service is a man and van package ideal for smaller houses and apartments. The vans are better at parking on streets with many cars, and you won’t have any issues with us blocking the road with a large vehicle. This service comes with two expert team members loading and unpacking on the other end.

Use a moving checklist

This is your relocation blueprint and the best way to avoid forgetting vital tasks. Check out our checklist here and the Master Removers here to see what they look like – adapt to your situation and add or remove as necessary.

We recommend using your list in conjunction with a blank calendar to create a timeline of your entire move. This helps calculate the time between now and your moving date, which is essential for staying on track. You can also use the spaces to allocate duties per day, week or month.

Removal services for all moves

Woods Removals has a fleet of vehicles, making it possible to take on any removal job. Our team has the best equipment and tools to manoeuvre any furniture. This is especially handy if you have awkward items that would otherwise require us to dismantle before we remove them.

Using Self Storage when Relocating

Storage is a natural ally for anyone who’s arranging an upcoming relocation. There are many advantages most people don’t consider because this is the first time they have used this service. Storage’s benefits go far beyond the idea of a dank garage with forgotten settees and old furniture.

Gaps in moving dates

In rare instances, an emergency relocation is necessary due to issues between the various parties involved in transferring properties. This can lead to vacating your current home and needing somewhere to move into. There’s no need to panic—self storage is the ideal safe haven for your possessions.

Move packed items out of the way

One bonus of having a storage unit is moving packed boxes, non-essential furniture, and devices out of your current accommodation. This reduces clutter and lets you move around the house or apartment freely. Additionally, your possessions are safe and secure while you continue organising your relocation and living your life.

Links seamlessly with removal services

The best part is how cost-efficient our removal and storage packages are. We can even pack your belongings from your storage unit on your big moving day. Then, we’ll continue to your property to complete the job without hassle.

Reduces stress for families

Most importantly, using storage can help reduce stress. Relocating can be a chaotic time for parents because it’s a juggling act, with family and work duties weighing heavily. That’s why having somewhere to store items outside the home comes to the forefront.

The Benefits of Excellent Customer Service when Moving

At Woods Removals, we know that building close customer relationships is vital. This is how we design our removals and storage packages. We listen to feedback to provide services that cover as many situations as possible. That’s why we always have repeat customers who often recommend us to family and friends.

We prepare everything in detail well in advance of the moving day. Our removals and storage packages cater to various situations, and we make sure they’re the most affordable rates on the market. Moreover, removals and storage should be available to all budgets, so we keep our prices as low as possible.

Woods Removals has every service you need under one roof. For people with many other responsibilities, our dedicated Packing service could make a world of difference. Our team will arrive the day before the move to prepare everything for loading. On your moving day, they will arrange all your items to minimise the likelihood of breakages or damage when in transit.

The Woods team has expert-level knowledge of Dorset and the surrounding areas. We plan every relocation job using the best times to avoid traffic and know every route to ensure we provide the most efficient and professional removal service possible. Please don’t take our word for it—check out what past and present customers say via our Google reviews.

Woods Removals – Dorset’s Family-Friendly Removals Company

At Woods Removals, we move thousands of people in Dorset and the surrounding areas yearly. Many of our customers are looking for a family-friendly environment in which to set up a home. As part of our drive to provide the best customer service possible, we offer the most affordable rates for removals and storage in Dorset.

From your first call, we’ll explain our services to help you match them with your requirements. The Woods Removals team is happy to discuss your big move into Dorset, even if you’re only doing some research or obtaining quotes. Providing the best customer service is our number one goal, and we go above and beyond for our customers.

Contact us today if you plan on relocating to Dorset with a young family. We’ll discuss our range of removals and storage services in more detail and give you tips on life in Dorset.