Press Release: Is it right to tutor 4 year olds?
We have seen a sudden influx of enquiries from parents who put children as
young as 4 years old into tuition. Warning: Improve Tuition has advised
that children should not start tuition until they are six.
Instead play-based learning common in nurseries and reception classes
should continueuntil six years old. There is strong research to say that
formal learning can do some harmat early ages.
“In many cases parents are putting children into tutoring with the assumption
that the younger children advance more when the reverse is actually the case
and the results can be very destructive,” says Gulam Dabhad, Education Expert.
It is more necessary to start tuition at the right age.
“Starting at a very young age can have negative implications. A good age to
start is six, and once a week,one hour tutoring is fine,” says Sofia from Improve
“I moved from the UK to Sweden with my four children. My older two have
gone through the UK system and my younger two are going through the
Swedish system. The wide choice of activities available here until 7 has made
me very impressed and I don’t see how the later start has disadvantaged my
younger two,” says Mark, Sweden to the BBC.
“Massive formal tutoring is never the answer at such a young age,” said
Mr Gulam Dabhad. “There is the wrong belief among some parents that
tutoring will help children and this is not always the case.
“Unfortunately, many tutorslook at financial gain. We regularly recommend
a balanced approach and we always advise parents and try and deter them
to take tuition at 4 and 5years old.”
“Tutoring is most successful when parents have to be involved in their
“Reading to their child or helping them with their times tables is helpful and
the best results are achieved when parents partner with the tutor along with
the child above six.”
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