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Finding an Educational Class for Your Child

By: Rachel Newcombe - Updated: 8 Nov 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
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Many children benefit from attending educational classes, but it’s not always easy to find out what’s available. If you’re keen to find an educational class for your child, then here are some useful tips for discovering what’s available.

There are a wide variety of educational classes available for children, from recreation and hobby-based classes, such as dance, music, gymnastics, horse riding, football or crafts, to more formal learning classes such as maths, help with English or specific school subjects. Classes are typically held after school, at weekends or in the early evening; where under 5s are concerned, they often take place during the day.

Taking part in an educational class can provide a host of benefits for your child. For a start, it begins or broadens their knowledge of the subject or skills involved, aiding their learning process – in turn, this can also boost a child’s self-confidence, as they feel more able to do or learn things. Depending on the nature of the class, many are great for helping children feel part of a group or team, it offers a chance for them to make new friends or build on existing friendships in a change of environment, and it gives them their own hobby or interest to explore.

Some people are lucky in immediately hitting on the perfect class for their child, but depending on where you live, what sort of class you’re looking for, the age of your child and how far you’re prepared to travel to and from the class, it’s not always a piece of cake to find something suitable.

Personal Recommendations

It’s not an option open to everyone, but if you know other people with children the same age as yours, then it’s often useful to get personal recommendations about suitable classes. This is good for discovering what other people have found good, or bad, and whether the classes are well run, reasonably priced, well attended and reliable.

If you do receive negative comments about a class or teacher, it may still be worthwhile checking them out. Sometimes children just don’t hit it off with a class, be it a subject or hobby they don’t take to or a teacher they just don’t gel with – and just because it’s not worked for them doesn’t mean it won’t work for your child.

Local Magazines and Newspapers

Most local magazines and newspapers have an ad directory at the back and even sections advertising regular events and classes. It’s worthwhile checking to see if there’s a local parenting magazine (or two) in your area, as this is the ideal place to discover relevant educational classes for your child. Checking through several issues is helpful and, if the publication has an accompanying website with a forum, you could also gauge the opinion of other readers too.

Asking at Schools or Nurseries

You can often get good recommendations for educational classes by asking at schools or nurseries. The staff will often have heard of classes that other children attend, or may know of some themselves, and are usually happy to share details. In the case of educational classes designed to help children advance with their learning, such as maths or English classes, teachers are a great source of information for tutors who offer private or small group classes.

Check Out the Library

Local libraries often have a noticeboard advertising all sorts of events going on in the local area, or have relevant leaflets and information available. Libraries are a great source of information for classes that have been going for a long time, or newer groups that have just started up, as the chances are that the class will have asked for information to be made available at the library.

In some cases, you may even find that educational classes are held at the library too. Many libraries, for example, run regular baby and toddler story times or activities for pre-school and school age children.

Once you’ve found details of a class you’re interested in your child attending, it’s time to contact the organiser and discover more details. In most cases, you can phone or email them for more information, or turn up at the appropriate time with your child to see what typically happens. Bear in mind that some classes require payment for a term in advance, which can prove quite costly, especially if your child misses a session or more.

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