The standard of education is good. The school gets excellent pass rates every year. My son and daughter are in secondary and both are much happier here than in the UK. My daughter particularly is benefitting from the individual attention that the small class sizes allow. Timings is a touchy subject. Its all about to change but we dont know the details yet. I think primary currently finish teaching at 1PM, secondary 2:15 but nobody can leave before 2:30. There is no childcare provision. You have to arrange it for yourself. Many secondary teachers here have primary children and the school is very good at allowing primary children to stay around till mum or dad finishes. There are many nannies, non-working spouses who look after children. These are informal arrangements and nothing to do with QP. Children enjoy freedoms in Dukhan that would be impossible elsewhere. I am happy for my 12 year old son to stay at the community centre (DRC) till 10:30 at week-ends without my supervision. There is no danger of drugs,alcohol or anything else. He has access to excellent sports facilities, a pool and places where he and his mates can just sit, watch football or have a snack and a drink. All supervised by staff who would call me direct if my son gets out of line. My son often gets a lift home from other parents and I often give lifts to other children. Its all very informal but works to everyone's benefit.