When parents find out I used to be a primary school teacher, there is one question I get asked overwhelmingly ahead of all the rest. Particularly when it comes to those who have children who are only a few years away from starting primary school.
What can I do to give my child a head start when it comes to starting school?
It seems everyone is always in a big race to get their child ready for school and when you think about it, it’s not hard to understand why. Navigating those years before your child officially enters formal education can be a minefield.
You’re battling conflicting advice from those around you such as your own parents, your grandparents, your brothers, sisters and friends who had children before you. Not to mention the advice you get from those who helped you through your pregnancy such as midwives, nurses and doctors. Then throw into the mix support systems such as mothers’ groups and Google, and all of a sudden, you’re being bombarded with information from every angle about what is the ‘best’.
Not to mention the fact that you also need to do what feels right for you when it comes to raising your children. You want to feel your way through, forge your own path and learn the ropes on your own, which is both understandable and reasonable.