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The centre has been in its current location since late 2011.
The centre provides maths and English study programmes for children of all ages and abilities, from those who may require additional support to those that may want more challenging work. The current age range of students at the study centre is from four to 15 years old and students come from schools within Llandaff, Radyr, Danescourt and Fairwater, as well as further afield.
The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study. 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.
There are seven class assistants working with the Instructor. They have all been working as assistants for at least a year and are familiar with the Kumon programmes. The assistants help support the students' development and carry out supplementary activities in class, such as reading with English programme students and flashcards and times tables practice with students on the maths programme.
My name is Tina Darlington and I am the Instructor at the Cardiff, Llandaff Study Centre.
I took over the study centre in January 2011 and it has been a very enjoyable and rewarding time since then. I became interested in Kumon after a friend had opened a centre and talked very positively about the benefits of the Kumon Method and the enjoyment she got from working with the children. Running a Kumon centre sounded like the best of both worlds - working with and seeing children develop to their full potential, and the opportunity to run my own business. So, when the opportunity arose for me to become involved in Kumon and run the Cardiff, Llandaff Study Centre, I jumped at the chance.
The most gratifying part of running a centre is the class time spent with the children, seeing them flourish and gain in confidence. It is also encouraging to hear comments from parents about their child who was struggling or lacked confidence at school receiving positive feedback from the school.
I believe that studying with Kumon helps children of all levels and abilities. Kumon encourages independence, increases focus, concentration and a have-a-go attitude. These are all valuable skills that help not only in schooling, but later in life.
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Students can start learning with Kumon from age two upwards. We currently have students as young as two years old studying with us, ranging all the way up to those about to go to university; Kumon helps children of any age and any ability. The sooner children begin, the earlier they can start developing skills to gain the greatest cumulative benefit; as soon as you feel your family is ready to make the commitment to long-term study, Kumon will be ready to help you achieve your goal.
They don't. A Kumon student progresses based on their current ability and not their age, although we believe that every child has unlimited potential and can ultimately tackle advanced work through well-paced and individualised instruction. We have children of similar ages studying different material and children of different ages studying the same material. Everything is dependent on the student's needs, not on how old they are.
Kumon offers much more than tutoring and differs from traditional teaching in the classroom. Rather than preparing children for a particular test or assessment, Kumon empowers students to learn for themselves, through individualised instruction and carefully developed worksheets.
As well as developing key skills in maths and English, each Kumon student will work towards building their independent learning skills and confidence in their own abilities. This means that a Kumon student will not be dependent on – or limited by – the skills and knowledge of others.
Kumon is a self-learning programme but each student receives regular support from their Instructor. The carefully developed worksheets teach students how to find the answer for themselves, whilst their Instructor offers guidance when necessary. The key role of each Kumon Instructor is to observe their students working, making sure that work is set at the right level and that they are developing at the right pace.
As a global programme, Kumon does not follow a school curriculum, but rather is complementary to curricula across the world. The primary aim of the Kumon Method is to develop independent learning skills. These independent learning skills enhance the students’ performance right across the school curriculum. Kumon operates at exactly the right level for each student – regardless of their age – ensuring that work set extends and develops their skills, confidence and ability.
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