Parents, YOU are the secret to your child’s success!
Specifically, you are an incredibly important part of your child’s education and, if you are actively involved in it, your child will benefit significantly. Study after study shows that children benefit enormously in their learning and development if parents are actively engaged in their education. The greatest benefit is when parents involve themselves right from the early years. What’s more, the benefits can have a life-long positive impact on outcomes for those children. Here’s the conclusion of just one study:
“Students with […] parents operating in supportive roles are 52% more likely to enjoy school and get straight A’s than students whose parents are disengaged with what’s going on at school. This is especially the case during the earliest years of schooling, […] when students with active parents are almost twice as likely to succeed.” (Pinantoan, 2013)
Those are incredible statistics, particularly in the case of early years education. In view of this, we’ll take a look at how and why parents should involve themselves in their children’s educations and how this involvement will benefit the children.
First, Though, What Does Parental Involvement Involve?
By ‘parental involvement’ in children’s educations, we mean that parents actively involve themselves in what’s going on at nursery, pre-school, school or further education. This includes ensuring they understand how the child is progressing, helping children understand the curriculum topics and activities, assisting with problem areas, helping with homework when needed and connecting with teachers and education staff to ensure the collaborative support is ‘fully rounded’.
Ideally, parents should:
- • Engage with teaching staff at open days/evenings;
- • Regularly engage with key nursery school staff outside of open days, so parents understand what the current focus is — they can then better support their children’s learning;
- • Agree the child’s strengths and weaknesses with staff so as to help improve those weaknesses in a joined-up, strategic way;
- • Encourage children through praise and help whenever needed — children will be happier and achieve more with a parent’s moral support;
- • Let children know that expectations are high, but realistically achievable (without being unpleasantly strict);
- • Allocate a part of the house as a quiet space, that’s free of distractions, where their child can focus and study in peace and quiet. Ensure they have everything they need there to accomplish their work;
- • Read to children and listen to them reading;
- • Check their grammar and spelling and ensure they learn from any mistakes — for example, writing the correct spelling of a problem word ten times. If parents are not great at spelling and grammar themselves, then applications like Microsoft Word can spell- and grammar-check for them (although do not allow children to rely on this — they need to learn from mistakes highlighted rather than relying on auto-correct);
- • Refer to the appropriate curriculum-based text books with children, to proactively help them find answers to questions and solve problems together;
- • Test children on their knowledge of a topic, particularly when exams and tests are imminent. This can be very beneficial in identifying areas where the child needs more study;
- • Proactively choose (and visit) the best educational settings for their particular child — not simply allow momentum and inactivity to select for them. (Read our excellent write-up on how Leaps & Bounds Day Nursery Ticks All the Boxes if your child is under five and is looking for an outstanding nursery or pre-school in Edgbaston or the Birmingham area);
- • Regularly check and contribute to the Personal Development Folder that your child’s nursery or pre-school will be maintaining for your child. Read notes therein from the nursery staff and identify potential problem areas where you can help.
The Benefits of Parents Being Actively Involved in their Children’s Education
We’ve already hinted at a few of the ways that children will benefit from parents being actively involved in their education. We’ll now look in more detail.
“Parents who invest time and place value on their children’s education will have children who are more successful in school.” (Meador)
Parental involvement in children’s education benefits the child in a wide variety of ways, including:
- • Statistically proven behaviour improvements and lower truancy rates;
- • Improved self-esteem and confidence;
- • Reduced stress and anxiety levels, with a more positive ‘can do’ attitude;
- • Improved skills and knowledge that’ll stand them in good stead going forwards;
- • A happier outlook, higher morale and a better quality of life;
- • Improved core subjects like English & maths that will help improve all other subjects;
- • Improved communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, organisation and focus;
- • Closer bonds with parents;
- • Hands-on help understanding problem areas;
- • Children will be better prepared for tests and exams;
- • They are statistically proven to achieve better grades;
- • With better grades, they are likely to have a better choice of schools and further education establishments, including universities when they’re older;
- • Ultimately, with better educations and qualifications, their careers, life choices and earning potential as adults are likely to be superior.
With better educations and qualifications, children’s career and life choices will also be improved.
The benefits of parents being proactively involved in children’s educations cannot be overstated — they are potentially huge. When handled well, it can help children learn more, get better grades, be less stressed, end up in better education/further education institutions (including university choices when they’re older) and, ultimately, improve their career choices and earning potential. That is priceless!
At Leaps & Bounds Day Nursery in Birmingham
At Leaps & Bounds Day Nursery in Edgbaston, Birmingham, we really encourage parents to be involved in their children’s educations. With a myriad of proven, long-term benefits, it makes total sense for nursery staff and parents/carers to collaborate. With improved outcomes across the board, this collaboration and proactive involvement of parents is all in the best interests of every child. It makes such a difference.
Our learning and development programmes are tailored to the strengths, weaknesses, skills and interests of each individual child under the guidance of a ‘Key Person’ who is allocated to each individual. Parents are encouraged to keep abreast of these programmes through regular dialogue with nursery staff, so that the good work can be further supported while children are at home. A continuous progress journal is also maintained for every child and parents can access these at any time. We even encourage them to make additions in respect of children’s progress outside of the nursery so that a more rounded picture is painted.
Nursery places in Birmingham Available
If you are looking for good nurseries in Birmingham, we’d love to hear from you. We have just a few places available in our nursery in Edgbaston, near Birmingham. Its location may also suit those looking for pre-schools, nurseries or childcare services near Harborne, Ladywood, Bearwood, Smethwick around the B16 postcode zone. If you’d like to explore the idea of your child attending this outstanding childcare setting, please contact us (or book a visit) here, or call 0121 246 4922 for further information. We’d love to meet you and your child and to show you around!