In the UK we are entitled to a certain amount of free education. This will include some hours in pre-school, schooling up to the age of eighteen and sometimes some higher education courses as well. This means that there is a lot of scope for free education which most people will take advantage of. However, there are extra courses that you can do that you can pay for and you can pay for preschool and schooling as well if you want to. But is it worth it?
Paying for preschool
Many parents pay for preschool care for their children. This is because there are only a few hours available for free and they might want their children to be in for longer. This could be because they are working and need the child to be cared for or because they feel like it will be better for the child to have the extra education. They may also choose to just have their child in for a few hours but pick a type of nursery that is not available free of charge. This might be because it is nearer to them, comes recommended or has a particular teaching style that they particularly approve of.
Paying for schooling
When it comes to school between the ages of 4 and 18 many people will use state schools as they are free. However, there are some people that will pay for their children to be in school. This might be because they feel that they will get a better education as a result of paying for education or it might be because they want their children to board in school so that they can work and do not have to worry about childcare. This is probably one of the most expensive types of education to pay for and parents may end up having to rely on trust funds from grandparents or even borrowing money in order to pay for it. Most parents that do pay for this type of education for their children had that type of education themselves and feel that it is well worth the money. However, it is often the case that those that have never experienced it cannot understand the value in it, especially as there are many children from state schools, especially grammars that get very good exam results without paying.
Paying for university
University is something that we all have to pay for if we want to attend. There are student loans available which will cover the cost of the fees for all students. There are also loans available for the short term to cover living expenses for those students from less well-off families, although this may not be enough to cover everything that they need still. This means that university is something that has to be thought about very carefully. The loans are available throughout life, so there is no rush to get them right away but you can only use the opportunity once, so not only is it important to time it right so that you do not waste the opportunity and study when you are not ready but you need to choose the right subject as well.
Paying for extra courses
Sometimes there might be other courses that we want to do, which are not available for free. If we are lucky, we might be able to get all of the training that we need through work, but this is not always a possibility. Therefore, it can be worth thinking about whether it is worth financing it.
With all courses, it is good to consider what effect it will have on your salary earning potential. If you feel that it will increase your chances of a better paid job then it will be a good investment, however, if you feel that it will make no difference then it is worth questioning whether it is worth doing. Of course, sometimes we just want to learn something new for fun and then the spend is less of a career investment and more of a fun hobby. With school, parents will be the ones paying for their children future and again hoping that it will enable their careers to progress more successfully as a result. It can be a gamble and obviously for some people the option is just not available as they do not have the money to do it. Often with schooling, it can be more to do with the attitude and effort that the child puts in rather than the actual school that they go to. This could be helped by certain teachers as well as parental encouragement and so it may depend on how hands on parents want to be or have the time to be as to whether they feel they could do the job as well as paying for help. Some parents might pay for tutors to help out which will be considerably cheaper than paying for schooling and will mean that if there is a specific area where they need extra help that they will get it that way.