For most parents, it is not about if they want to hire a qualified, private tutor for their children or not. It is rather about WHEN to bring in help. Despite the wide acceptance of private tutoring, parents usually face the dilemma of deciding the right time to introduce their children to this most vital addition to their educational journey. We put this article together to try and help parents when it comes to the question: “What Is The Best Age To Consider Private Tutors For Your Child?” 

Interestingly, the question of which age is right to think about private tutors for children does not have a definite answer. While some parents believe a four-year-old child is ready for private tutoring, others prefer waiting till they reach seven-years-old.

While the situation varies across children and parents, parents must start thinking about private tutors for their children as early as possible. This is the only way to get the best results both in the short and long runs.

In this post, we will address how young is too young to introduce your child to private tutoring.

Early Private Tutoring Is Non-Negotiable

Remember the popular British idiom that says, “The early bird catches the worm?” It is easily the case when laying your child’s academic or educational foundation. Getting the foundation right and early enough will help your child to enjoy their childhood and start their education strong.

According to Jean Piaget, a proponent for the famous theory of cognitive development, there are four stages of development in children. Each stage highlights how a child develops their intelligence and knowledge as they grow.

  •         The first stage is between when a child is born to when they reach 5 years old. During this time, they learn about the world via their senses and close interactions with objections.
  •         The second stage starts when a child becomes two-year-old and continues until they reach seven. This is the stage where children grow their memory, imagination, and comprehension.
  •         The third stage covers children between seven and eleven years old. During this time, the child becomes mindful of how others feel and recognise the difference in thoughts, emotions, and beliefs of the people in their environment.
  •         The last stage becomes effective when a child is 12 years old. It is the point where they become problem solvers. They also adopt planning as a vital tool to plan a successful future.

From the analysis above, it is clear that children between the ages of 5f and 7 are undergoing continuous development of their sensory processing skills. These are the skills that go into writing, reading, imagination, logic, reasoning, and problem-solving.  And at this point, they are ready for supplemental instruction, such as private tutoring.


Is a 5-year-old child not too tiny to be private tutoring students?

The truth is children are naturally born as students of life. Right from their first year, they have gradually developed. So, exposing them to private tutoring after a few years will facilitate their development and improve their academic performance. There is a lot of debate around the correct age and earliest point that you can start introducing your child to private tutoring, but we assess children from the age of 5 or 6 before we will become their tutor. It all depends on the level of development that your child is at, that will be the deciding factor of if we can take your child on for tutoring at 5 or 6 years old.

What other factors signify your child’s readiness for private tutoring?

Age is not the only yardstick for determining if your child is ready for private tutoring. As a parent, there are a couple of other strings you can pull to get the conviction that you seek.

  1.           What does my child require to be an excellent early learner?

Suppose your child is struggling to be an effective learner early. In that case, they may be experiencing a specific learning disability, for instance, in math or developmental areas like movement or speech. In this case, irrespective of age, you should consider arranging an appointment with your school or doctor for a full examination. The earlier you can identify a learning difficulty, the better equipped you can be to plan, research and tackle it. Often, there are coping mechanisms or different techniques that can help tutor children with difficulties. Whilst we are qualified teachers here at Leeds Tuition Centre, this is not a specialist area that we cover. We are more than happy to help identify and recommend tutors that specialise in this level of tuition.

Talk to our team for a free assessment. 

  1.         What do you need to improve your child’s academic development?

Learning through play is proven to accelerate academic development. Here at Leeds Tuition Centre, we offer one-on-one tutoring from qualified teachers as well as group tuition for up to 5 children. Having that ability to both learn as an individual and as a group can really progress your child’s development. The benefit to learning in groups and not always individually is your child will be building future skills like problem-solving, collaboration and negotiation. Having others around during your learning can also make the entire process more fun and engaging to your child.


  1.         Do you want to prevent achievement gaps?

Young children need to develop and maintain essential reading and math skills. It is even more important for children from at-risk populations with higher chances of experiencing inequality as they progress academically to acquire a good foundation of these key skills.

Excellent private tutoring will prevent learning gaps for children as young as five years old. It also prepares them for resounding academic success in the future.


  1.         Is your child lacking confidence?

It can be entirely possible that your child can be sound academically but lacks vital emotional support and confidence-building skills. In such cases, having trained and qualified teachers that continuously assess your child is an advantage of a standard tutor. A trained and qualified teacher will spot where your child may engage in negative self-talk, back out of seemingly difficult tasks, or lose interest in simple assignments. All these are due to a lack of confidence in their personal abilities.

Having that qualified teacher will increase the chances of confidence issues being spotted and rectified, whilst also providing strong support to address the emotional needs of your child. Professional help in this area at an early stage provides the best opportunity to overcome this for your child. Your private tutor will help  your child grow in confidence both in and out of the classroom.


  1.         Is homework a stumbling block on your child’s path to academic progress?

Homework is one of the most common challenges parents face concerning their children. The pressures associated with homework can force academically sound children to lose focus academically. Bringing in a non-family member private tutor can relieve parents of this responsibility and eases the pressure on the students.

Children are more likely to produce positive results when they are accountable to a stranger other than their parents. The tailored academic support a qualified  private tutor provides also helps to build confidence in their abilities and explore new interests.


Getting The Right Tutor For Your Child

Ascertaining that your child is old enough for private tutoring is half the job. The other half is getting the right qualified private tutor for them. Save yourself from the stress and time-wasting associated with scouting for private tutors.

We hope that we have been able to provide clarity and understanding around this topic, addressing: What Is The Best Age To Consider Private Tutors For Your Child?
LEEDS TUITION CENTRE is always ready to help provide the right tutors for every age group. Our tutors are qualified teachers, friendly, and always prepared to help your children. 

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