Extracurricular activities are crucial in a child's emotional and social development. Especially for home schooled students, extracurricular endeavours provide an opportunity to interact and socialise with their peers. Whether your child has an artistic flair, a sporting talent or a curiosity to try something different - there really are so many options to explore and choose from. We hope to provide some direction on where to start, as well as some new and exciting opportunities out there!
Where to start...
Websites such as Kidsorted provide guidance on extracurricular activities in your local area. They also showcase extra workshops and holiday camps available during the school holidays, so keep an eye out for these. They offer information on a wide range of activities, from sports and coding, to performing arts and language classes.
Apps such as Hoop offer the same service - a quick and easy way to find out about classes and activities in your local area.
Parents' forums such as Mumsnet and Facebook Parents' groups allow you to receive personal recommendations from other parents. It can also be a good way to meet new children and families in the area!
Word of mouth
For families based in London, we have compiled a list of suggestions for extracurricular activities.
There are so many options for sports activities. Team sports, in particular, will encourage your child meet other children with similar interests. Local swimming, football, tennis clubs and dance schools, represent a good starting point. Alternative options include parkour, fencing and taekwondo classes.