Most people hope to have successful and satisfactory careers. Unfortunately not many achieve this and settle for second best.
Most success stories are based on proper planning. Your child’s career choice is no exception. The planning is not something that must happen in matric, but should be initiated at an early age. Your child’s career should therefore be viewed as a continuous developmental process.
The dramatic increase in the variety of careers can pose a big challenge for a young person to make decisions about his or her future. There are however a few things that you as a parent can do to help your child to develop the necessary skills to make responsible decisions from a young age.
Good self knowledge is important even at a young age. You can assist your child to become more aware of his/her interests, skills, abilities, personality characteristics and experiences that enhances self awareness.
All changes are stressful and going to school for the first time is a big event for children, whatever their previous experience.
Learners must start with formal school education at the beginning of the year in which they turn 7 years old.
Learners who turns 6 years old between 1 January and 30 June may start with formal school education at the beginning of the following year. They will however benefit from a school readiness assessment to make an informed decision on their readiness for formal school.
Exemption from school attendance for a year is indicated where it can be proved that a developmental disorder of a learner is of such a nature that it may cause a serious delay in scholastic progress.
By completing the attached questionnaire compiled by a group of professional experts in child development, the parent or teacher can get a good idea of how well the child is prepared for Grade 1.
If you are uncertain about the child’s school readiness, you are advised to discuss the completed questionnaire with his her Grade R educator.
This practice can assist you to make an informed decision on the child’s schoolreadiness by performing an assessment which includes the following:
- Interview with parent(s) to obtain background and developmental history of the learner.
- Assessment of cognitive skills.
- Screening assessment of visual- motor integration skills and clinical observations of muscular development and co-ordination.
- Feedback interview with parent(s).
- Written report on the outcome of the evaluation and recommendations will be provided.
- Assessment of learners with reading, spelling and mathematical deficiencies.
- Assessment of learners with special educational needs e.g. cognitively handicapped and candidates for a school of skills.
- Assessment and intervention