Posted: 19 February 2015

How to support your child’s well-being: Learning

As part of our groundbreaking research into the children's well-being, we have worked with the New Economics Foundation (NEF) to find out what children can do to support their own well-being and how you can help.

What we know

Again, just 7% of children who read for fun ‘most days’ or ‘every day’ have low well-being – this  rises to 21% for those who never or hardly ever  do so.

Why not read for fun or teach yourself?

The children we spoke with were really clear that learning outside of school was just as important to them as learning at school. It was the sense of achievement that they felt from gaining new knowledge or skills that most mattered. That’s why it’s crucial that we try to keep as many learning avenues open for our children as possible. This could include simply passing on the skills we may have, such as cooking, carpentry, DIY, model making, sewing, photography or reading.

‘It can make you feel like you’re in a different world.’Simon, aged 12 on reading 

The other way to encourage our children to learn is to model the attitudes towards learning that we’d like them to adopt. That’s why one of the best ways to get your child to read for fun is to make sure that they see you regularly doing it as well.

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By Katie Debra - Digital team

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