The centre opened in 2005 and welcomes students of all ages and abilities. The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study.
The study centre is located in the Ballyhackamore Library, a venue ideally suited to a Kumon class. Parents are able to wait in the library while their child is in class; often taking the opportunity to read to younger siblings.
Students from over 40 different schools attend the centre, and while the majority are local, others come from further afield including Newtownabbey and the Strangford Peninsula. Parking is easily available in the library car park or on the Upper Newtownards Road.
At present, students range from four to 16 years old and all students are making progress with their maths and/or English. Committed study of the programme is already boosting many students' confidence and self-esteem and some students have improved dramatically in their ability since starting.
The time spent at class will vary depending on whether a student does one or both subjects but a student will be around 20 – 30 minutes per subject in the class. Each student is welcomed by a receptionist and there are five other assistants on hand to support each child's development.
Kumon should not be considered a traditional tuition provider as, rather than ‘teaching’ students, we encourage them to become independent learners who feel confident in their own abilities and able to face unfamiliar work.