Frequently Asked Questions

What is lifetime membership. Is it for a year or forever?

If you sign up for Weekly you’ll get 52 emails in total and then your subscription ends. If you sign up for Lifetime, you get the 52 emails but in addition you’ll get access to all future updates. I’ll publish a new version of the course next year (and again in following years) as I get feedback from participants. And I hope to add further modules and some video content. At some point over the next 12 months I’ll also add a membership community (hopefully before the summer).

If you get Lifetime, you’ll be able to go through the material again in future with another child, using the most up-to-date version of the course.

Lifetime is at the reduced price of £39 until May 4th when the course launches and it goes up to £49. You can sign up for it here. Remember to use code LAUNCH365 to apply the discount.

Is it suitable for three-year-olds?

Get Set Five is designed for children starting school in 2021 and 2022, so three to five years is the target age group.

Of course, even within that age band there is a great range of abilities. The cliché of the summer-born boy vs. the September-born girl has some truth to it. And a just-turned-three is very different to an almost five.

The activities will be differentiated which means that I’ll offer varying levels of challenge. I’ll show you how to modify each one for younger and older children. So don’t worry if you have a relatively immature three-year-old or a really whizzy 4.5-year-old – the material is designed to take this into account.

And it’s perfectly fine to mix and match. You daughter might be perfectly capable of tackling the higher level maths activity but need to focus on the more foundational aspects of the pen-control task. The difficulty level you choose is up to you. Pick the one that’s most appropriate.

My daughter is 3 and due to start reception in September 2022. Is now a good time to start or would it be more appropriate to wait until September this year?

Now is a great time. The longer you have, the more you can reinforce the learning. There’s an idea called the spiral curriculum, which is how schools plan their teaching. If you revisit topics repeatedly, the knowledge becomes entrenched and each time the material is understood more deeply.

My advice is start now at the lower level and revisit the course next year, choosing the ‘challenge’ option to extend the earlier learning.

My child is in Reception. Will he get any benefit from it?

You can think of Get Set Five as a way to get the basics right. Sometimes children arrive at school with gaps in their learning. In that case, Get Set Five can act as a refresher.

I have a 2.5-year-old who is fairly advanced. He enjoys sitting down and doing more formal activities. Is it right for him?

In theory, yes, but I’d ask you to consider if he needs to do it at this time. Following the Get Set Five curriculum the year before school is plenty of time to pick up the skills he needs. Better to spend the toddler years engaged in play and exploration, the kinds of open-ended activities we share at 100 Toys.

Is there an overlap with what my child is learning in nursery?

I loved being a nursery teacher but there were things we didn’t have the time to cover in depth and the course will focus on adding value in these areas.

In each weekly email, how many activities do you suggest, and how long in total do you envisage families spending on them?

The time it takes will depend on the topic and the degree of support that’s required. I want to respect your time and keep the activities short enough to be doable. In principle, the idea is that your child will be able to take the activities and incorporate them into her play throughout the week. The important thing is that they are done repeatedly. Ideally without a huge amount of input from you (unless you want to be involved, of course).

My intention is to weave the activities into your everyday life so that they become habits. Whenever we go up the stairs we count up; when we go down, we count down. Every morning during breakfast, we play letter sound I spy. Two minutes here, ten seconds there. Little and often. It all adds up.

Having said that, some topics will require you to sit down with your child and work in a more formal way. That doesn’t mean pen and paper exercises, simply that they have to be taught rather than discovered.

For example, children’s mathematical knowledge develops in a reasonably linear way and there are stages for you to look out for. Once you know where your child is, you can easily guide her to the next stage.

The first strategy children try when learning to add two sets of objects is to push them together and count the lot. But that’s time consuming. Later, we learn that it’s better to start from the first number and simply add the second. Instead of counting 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 objects to work out 3 + 4, we discover that you can start with 3 and simply count 4, 5, 6, 7. Much quicker. Later yet, we realise that it’s even better to put the biggest number first: start with 4 and count 5, 6, 7.

This is how Get Set Five saves you time. Concepts are introduced in order and at the right time. Rather than trying to Google your way to a degree in child development, Get Set Five does all the filtering for you. You get the appropriate activities, presented in manageable chunks.

OK, that was a very convoluted way of saying it shouldn’t take too long to do the work each week! Maybe 20 minutes together to explore a concept and the rest of the week looking out for ‘teachable moments’. There will be one main activity but I’ll make suggestions for more if you have the time.

Know you’re doing it right

When you sign up to Get Set Five you have access to me. I’m happy to answer questions that aren’t covered in the course. Eventually, we’ll be able to correspond in the members’ area but for now you can message me at alexis@getsetfive.com. I’ll be happy to help.