The centre was established in 1994 and is now based at Teddington Baptist Church; a convenient central Teddington location which is easily accessible by foot, public transport or car. There is disabled access and ample free parking at the church and in neighbouring streets. There is also a pleasant area in which families can wait whilst their children study.
Many of the students come to the centre via personal recommendation and the students at the centre currently range from pre-schoolers to A-level students and include children finding English and/or maths in school challenging, some looking to be stretched and some for whom English is a second language. In short, the study centre welcomes students of all ages and abilities.
Overseen by the Instructor, Fabienne, there are eight to ten friendly, approachable members of staff whose role it is to support the students' development, both from an academic and a self-learning skills perspective. The team includes bright, committed students and graduates, all with excellent experience.
An adult staff member is in charge of early learners, providing one-to-one support in developing children's pencil skills, posture, momentum and stamina.
There is also a table for newly enrolled students so that they can be closely monitored and encouraged in developing their self-learning and correction skills.
The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study. Unlike the process of a traditional tuition provider, Kumon encourages students to take their learning into their own hands. The role of the Kumon Instructor is to provide guidance, support and encouragement, allowing the student to develop their own independent learning strategies.