Hello, my name is Ann Rolfe. After studying at university, I started work as a medical physics technician for about seven years then, when my daughter was born, I did some child-minding and also some book parties. I do love reading and children's books are great - we have always had a lot available at our house and it was good to share the ones I liked with others.
I saw an advert for Kumon when my daughter was six and thought that it would be good for her. She had attended a Montessori nursery school and I was impressed with the self-learning aspect of the programme. I was fortunate that she was an able child, but was keen that she should continue to fulfil her potential at school – and it looked as if Kumon would fit the bill.
There were no local centres at the time, so I opened one, with my daughter being my first student. It worked well for her – she managed to obtain a scholarship to a local independent school and was able to keep up with the other students, many of whom had attended local prep schools. She has since gone on to study maths at Oxford University and now has a job in the city.
I have run the centre since 1993 and am impressed with the way that Kumon can help students of all abilities. It is great to see the shy, struggling student become so much more confident after a few months of Kumon study, and the student puzzling over a piece of new work becoming confident after a weeks' work.
As I was a Kumon parent, I am able to understand the joys and frustrations that this can bring! It can be hard trying to encourage your child to work daily, balance all the activities and maintain a positive environment, but I know the benefits perseverance will bring.