Elaine Steyn

About this centre

The Kumon Paarl Study Centre opened in September 2006. The centre has previously operated from various locations in Paarl, including a multi-disciplinary educational centre and Gymnasium Primary School. Since January 2015, the centre is located at the Evangelies Gereformeerde Kerk in Main Road.

The centre is easily accessible from Main Road, and there is ample and safe parking under the big shady trees on the premises. The Paarl Study Centre occupies 4 rooms in the building in order to facilitate the mathematics and English programmes and to accommodate early learners who may need more individual attention.

The Kumon programmes cater for students of all ages and abilities and the age range of the students at the Kumon Paarl Study Centre is currently between 4 and 15 years. Early learners can be accommodated at the centre before the rest of the schools end for the day. This allows them to receive the necessary attention for their optimal development.

The Instructor is supported by three dedicated assistants who have worked at the centre for many years; each one assists in guiding the students to develop their learning capacity to the fullest. The students value their support and encouragement tremendously.
My name is Elaine Steyn and I have been a Kumon Instructor since September 2006. I was looking for a programme to help my own children, who were in Gr 6 and Gr 8 at the time, when I found the Kumon maths and English study programmes. During the process of applying to open the Paarl Study Centre, I was inspired by the principles of the programme. The prospects of opening my own centre excited me and I looked forward to be a part of making a positive change in many students’ lives.

I am a qualified primary school teacher, but I also have 7 years’ experience working with high school learners with special educational needs. It was while working as a remedial therapist that I had the opportunity to become a Kumon Instructor.

It gives me great pleasure to see how students start believing in their own capabilities after working on the Kumon programme for even a short while. It is so rewarding to see students getting more self-confidence to tackle problems on their own and to see the transformations of students from being shy and insecure, to being smiling, confident students who can think for themselves and who have the guts to attempt new concepts without being taught. It is such a great privilege to witness how they have the confidence to solve problems by themselves and how they persevere to achieve goals they set for themselves. What a life skill to teach a child!

Although my children left home already, I can remember that it took a firm attitude from us as parents to set the routine in the first few months. Being strict in the beginning of my children’s Kumon studies, helped them to form good Kumon study habits of working a little bit every day. This also set the tone for their other homework. I also found that having a specific time and place for their Kumon studies helped them to start taking ownership of completing their work. The sooner the routine could be set, the more quickly they could become independent students who were able to self-study.

Class Times

Monday 13:00 - 17:30
Tuesday 13:00 - 17:30
Wednesday 13:00 - 17:30
Thursday 13:00 - 17:30
Friday Non-class day
Saturday Non-class day
Sunday Non-class day


One off fee
Registration Fee R 450
What is the Registration Fee?
To get your child started with Kumon study you will pay a one off registration fee to register them as a student
Per month
Per subject R 560

Your child will attend the Kumon study centre for up to two days a week

Five other sets of work completed at home each week
 How long does a class take?
The time taken to complete a day's work may be around 30 minutes per subject. The study time is completely down to each individual and the level of the programme they are currently at.
Secure Parking
Wheelchair Access
Early Learner Section
Parent Waiting Area

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Evangelies Geref Kerk
115 Main Street
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Most Popular Questions

Kumon offers much more than extra lessons and differs from traditional teaching in the classroom. Rather than preparing children for a particular test or assessment, Kumon empowers students to learn for themselves, through individualised instruction and carefully developed worksheets.

As well as developing key skills in maths and English, each Kumon student will work towards building their independent learning skills and confidence in their own abilities. This means that a Kumon student will not be dependent on – or limited by – the skills and knowledge of others.
Students can start learning with Kumon from age two upwards. We currently have students as young as two years old studying with us, ranging all the way up to those about to go to university; Kumon helps children of any age and any ability. The sooner children begin, the earlier they can start developing skills to gain the greatest cumulative benefit; as soon as you feel your family is ready to make the commitment to long-term study, Kumon will be ready to help you achieve your goal.
As a global programme, Kumon does not follow a school curriculum, but rather is complementary to curricula across the world. The primary aim of the Kumon Method is to develop independent learning skills. These independent learning skills enhance the students’ performance right across the school curriculum. Kumon operates at exactly the right level for each student – regardless of their age – ensuring that work set extends and develops their skills, confidence and ability.
Kumon is a self-learning programme but each student receives regular support from their Instructor. The carefully developed worksheets teach students how to find the answer for themselves, whilst their Instructor offers guidance when necessary. The key role of each Kumon Instructor is to observe their students working, making sure that work is set at the right level and that they are developing at the right pace.

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