Kevin told us about the journey he’s been on, his thoughts on supporting his child’s learning at home, whilst co-parenting. He discusses the importance of being involved and informed with the school, and finding things that parent and child both enjoy doing to boost learning.
Highlights from Kevin’s vlog – supporting my child’s learning at home:
‘When I knew how much my son loved it, I started reading more for him.’
Read Kevin’s story
It’s not just about playing and jumping and going to the park every day. I did that for a good two years not knowing that actually I could be teaching my child maths, I could be reading books to my child. I hated reading books in school, it was not my strength at all but when I learned from the nursery how important it was, it got me more engaged, it got me more involved. When I knew how much my son loved it, I started reading more for him. I never had a problem with bedtime because reading is what we did before bed.
So I loved it and he always went to bed fine and sleeps like a little baby. Even until now he still goes to bed like a little baby. Sometimes he might struggle if he is hot but he will fall asleep fine. I think if I didn’t engage the nursery and ask them how they can help me I wouldn’t have learned all these things that I have learned. So I would say don’t try doing everything on your own, nurseries and schools are there to help you.
Knowing your rights as a parent
Although my child wasn’t living with me; as a parent, as a father, as a mother, you have your rights. As long as you have your name on that birth certificate you can exercise your right. I remember I used to go into the nursery and tell them I need to be kept informed. Especially if you and the mother of your child don’t get along or she does not provide you with information. You need to go in there and make sure that they give you information about your child’s education. You have the right to ask for this information, you have the right to be there in a meeting. And to have a separate meeting so that you can have an understanding how you as a parent can support your child learning at home when you have time with him.
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