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      Primary interview prep courses for kids

      The primary school interview is an important event that may determine the quality of primary school a child enters and hence their early education milestones. It is also usually conducted around a year before a child enters primary school so can occur for children as young as 3 years of age. This is a difficult age to predict a child's behaviour as simply not getting a quality night’s sleep may impact their mood, attention, patience etc.

      Some of the uncertainty and a parent’s stress can be reduced through proper preparation of the child. For example, exposing a child to separation classes, getting them used to interacting with unfamiliar adults and playing alongside other children, can be incredibly helpful to eradicate interview behaviour that might automatically lead to a rejection before a child is even properly evaluated.

      There are also skill-based exercises and games that a child can practice that will help them develop important language, memory and reasoning skills, and also ace the interview. These activities might include

      • reading a story and then being asked to retell the story, sequence the pictures, predict future plot developments and alternative endings.
      • reasoning skills such as identifying a problem or illogical element in an image or picking an odd element out of a range of images.
      • Being given a book or words and being asked to read or sound them out, thereby demonstrating a solid phonetics foundation. Learn more about phonics training here and here.

      An interviewer may also be evaluating a child on their fine and gross motor skills, as these are closely correlated with cognitive development (see more about how to develop your child’s motor skills and why they are important here). For example, holding a pencil properly requires strong finger and hand muscles and dexterity. A correct pencil grip will translate into better speed, control and hence improved letter formation, and is important for the development of writing skills.

      The benefits of primary interview prep for children include

      • enhancing cognitive development
      • improving communication and social skills
      • increasing confidence and engagement levels
      • boosting emotional development
      • developing fine and gross motor skills
      • improving adaptability and resiliency when transitioning to school