Children do better at school when their parents are involved in their education and are supportive of the school.
This doesn’t mean you must volunteer in the school library three times a week, or even join the parent-teacher association (though you will probably be welcomed with open arms if you do either); however, it does mean believing your child’s education is important and recognising that getting involved with their learning is a natural part of family life.
If you are a working parent, the first decision you will face is choosing the right type of childcare for your child. Whether you opt for a home-based childcare setting or a group setting, e.g. a day nursery, a good provider will encourage your child to interact and learn through play from an early age.
You can enhance this early learning at home. Even very young children enjoy looking at books and the time you spend reading to your child will not only help them become familiar with language, words and sounds, but will foster their own love of reading.
Starting school is a big step for your child; however, they will settle more quickly and be ready to learn sooner if you spend some time preparing them for school.
Now they are in formal education, your involvement in their learning is likely to increase. Most educational establishments now consider parents as partners in a child’s education, particularly in the early years when the core curriculum requires less specialist knowledge. Show an interest in your child’s day; talk to them about what they have been doing and spare time to look at any pictures or writing they bring home with them.
The school timetable has become very busy and, as a result, children are usually expected to do some learning at home. Support them by setting aside some quiet time in the evenings and at weekends for them to do their homework.