I was recently asked to write an article for Pocket Nannies, an online space for parents and other nannies to find new and inspiring ideas. Homework is always, and will always be such a contentious issue, but I hope you find this helpful.

After spotting an article in the Times on Thursday 27th April, I felt it was a good time to put pen to paper, so to speak, about the topic of homework. This article was named ‘Let children make errors in homework.’

We’ve previously written about this here. However it’s always a relevant topic to write about – one that’s rather debatable. This time we’ll look at it from a different angle. How much should we help children with their homework?

Should we allow children to get on with their homework themselves? Should we sit and encourage their thought processes? (perhaps spoon feeding them the answers). It can be quite difficult to get the right balance.

We’re sure parents, and nannies, will have quite strong feelings on this topic and in order to gain more knowledge on this topic we got in touch with Tash at Teatime Tutors to get her experienced opinion on this topic.

"Homework always has, and always will be, a contentious issue. There are two clear schools of belief, for and against.

From my experience, homework should only reflect and consolidate teaching from that day; your child should be able to complete the task easily if they have been taught effectively. Homework should not be a chore and it should not become a battle of wills.

When supporting my charges with their homework, more often than not they simply want reassurance that they’ve done it correctly. That’s not to say that I don’t allow them to make mistakes; children learn from their mistakes, but often, simply having someone to ask if it’s right can help confidence.

Parents often worry that they were taught differently at school and don’t feel they can help. My suggestion is to let your child explain to you what they’ve been doing and how they’ve been doing it, and check it over so you know what they’re up to. It’s a good way of measure for you, the parent, to see what’s going on at school.

Homework is set by the school and is therefore their remit. I’m firmly of the belief that if your child is unable to complete their set work, send it back to school incomplete with a gentle note, or have a quiet word with your child’s teacher, suggesting that your child could not complete the task, and could they be shown again how to do it. Home time is precious and so is your child’s down time, you don’t want your evenings ruined by homework.

Children, if set homework, should always have a go. It’s good discipline for them and prepares them for the next stages in their education".

Posted on May 10, 2017

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