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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.
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.
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.
Parking is easily available in the library car park or on the Upper Newtownards Road.
My name is Carol McCallum. After studying maths and computer science at university, I had worked as a software engineer before taking 13 years out to be with my young children.
Becoming a Kumon Instructor seemed perfect for me – working with children, doing maths (always my favourite subject) and helping children learn to enjoy reading (our house is coming down with books).
Having my own children study Kumon has really helped to give me some insight into what life can be like at home for Kumon families as they try to support their children in their Kumon study.
The progress of the students is what makes the hard work worthwhile, whether that was in seeing a student pass, achieve a good GCSE grade after a lifetime of failing maths exams, or watching a nine-year-old boy grasp the principals of phonics and improve his reading beyond our hopes. Or, just simply watching the smile on a child's face as they receive praise in class. The journey has been exciting and full of wonderful students and families.
|Monday||4.30pm - 7.30pm|
|Tuesday||2.30pm - 5.30pm|
|Wednesday||Non class day|
|Thursday||2.30pm - 5.30pm|
|Friday||Non class day|
|Saturday||9.30am - 1pm|
|Sunday||Non class day|
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