What is the best time to start preparing my child?

This depends very much on your child, their current development level, what sort of work you are planning to do, your budget and the time you have available. The following may help.

There is no issue with working at home with your children from an early age, although in Years 3 and 4 the focus should be on developing core English and Maths skills.

If you are going to work with your child in years 3 and 4 then do watch out for clashes with school. On occasion parents do find that children can be overdeveloped which creates problems at school.

If you are going to work in years three and four then it is not necessary to do any specific Verbal Reasoning , Non- Verbal Reasoning or test papers (timed or otherwise). Just focus on core skills.

In Maths you cannot do too much times tables work and regular work of increasing complexity on the four operations would be very valuable.

In English, reading is the key, the more a child does the wider their vocabulary will be.

See the Forum sections on years three and four preparation for guidance on suitable materials.

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