Family Learning - Buckinghamshire Adult Learning

Family Learning

The Family Learning team run a variety of free courses and workshops in schools and family centres across Buckinghamshire, as well as online.

Our courses are designed to help parents understand how they can best support their children throughout their Early Years and at school.

In Family Centres we offer a range of Early Years courses and workshops for parents and their children up to the age of five years. These include, among others, Fun with Stories, Play and Learn Together, Story Explorers, Let’s Get Crafty and Little Music Makers.

In schools we offer courses that cover all aspects of English, Maths, Science, Crafts, Cooking, Supporting your Child’s Wellbeing and Internet Safety.  All our courses are designed to give parents more confidence in supporting their children at home, making learning fun and understanding new teaching methods used in schools.

Our courses are fun, practical and parents who start one course with us often choose to come onto more. Parents attending our courses are also encouraged and supported to start developing their own skills so that those who are thinking about returning to learning, or those who are looking to boost their skills in preparation for returning to work feel ready to take the next step to achieving these goals.

What's New in Family Learning

Online Summer Workshops

We hope that you will join us at one (or more!) of our online Summer workshops.
On each of our story workshops, parents and their children between the ages of three years to six years can enjoy a story, sing songs and try some fun craft activities.

Jasper’s Beanstalk

In this story Jasper plants a bean and waits for it to grow. After enjoying the story together, you will have fun exploring creative activities linked to growing, and the passing of time. Adults will have a chance to think about how to  help your child to keep trying when things don’t go to plan.

Dates: Wednesday 15 July 10.00—11.00   OR   Thursday 23 July 10.00—11.00

Text Sarah on 07739 880400 with your name and the word Jasper

Little Pirates

Ahoy there! In this story ten little pirates have all sorts of adventures! Enjoy the story, have fun counting, singing songs and trying out pirate crafts, that keep fingers busy and fire up the imagination. Adults will have a chance to think about how to help your child engage with stories.

Dates: Thursday 9 July 10.00—11.00   OR    Thursday 16 July 10.00—11.00

Text Wendy on 07768 044813 with your name and the word Pirates

Dragon’s Breath

In this rhyming story a dragon finds out why he really should brush his teeth!
Enjoy some dragon crafts and sing some songs.  Adults will be able to think about how they can support their children to brush their teeth.

Dates:  Wednesday 15 July 1.30—2.30   OR   Thursday 30 July 10.00—11.00.

Text Iva on 07710 145234  with your name and the word Dragon

Polar Bear

This story is full of animals making lots of noise! Enjoy using different voices and have fun playing listening games. Adults will learn how playing games like this helps develop language skills and prepares children for learning at school.

Dates: Wednesday 8 July 10.00—11.00  OR  Monday 13 July 10.00—11.00

Wednesday 22 July 10.00—11.00 OR Wednesday 29 July 10.00 to 11.00

Text Karen on 07983 563240 with your name and the word Polar

Free Online Workshops being offered June – August 2020

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Who is the workshop for?

Parents of children due to start Reception in September 2020.

Where will the workshop take place?

Online using Google Meet. It is simple to use, free, and accessible on all devices.

What does the workshop cover?

  • Key messages that schools would like us to reinforce with parents.
  • Practical activities for parents to do with children to help them at school.
  • Strategies for supporting independence, listening skills and social skills.

Why try this workshop?

Parents can ask questions and share ideas. Parents can try out the ideas and fun activities with their child in the session.

When is the next workshop?

For more information: text Karen Hayward on 07983563240 with your name and the words Get Ready

Science bottlesStarting Secondary School

Who is the workshop for?

For parents of children starting secondary school in September 2020

Where will the workshop take place?

Online using Google Meet. It is simple to use, free, and accessible on all devices.

What does the workshop cover?

  • Tips and practical activities to support your child with independence and organisation
  • Ideas on where to find information on what to expect
  • Strategies to deal with problems arising from transition

Why try this workshop?

Parents can ask questions and share ideas. Parents can try out the ideas and fun activities with their child in the session.

When is the next workshop?

For more information: text Kathryn on 07770 641997 with your name and the words Y6 Transition

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Family Learning Newsletters

During the coronavirus crisis we will be posting a weekly newsletter here to keep in contact with you and offer hints and tips to keep learning with your children. Please download the pdfs below:

Family Learning Newsletter – Issue 13 – 25 June 2020

Family Learning Newsletter – Issue 14 – 2 July 2020

For more information about courses and workshops running in your area please contact:

Courses for parents of children under five – Karen Hayward

Courses for parents of children in school – Kathryn Holmes

Health, cookery and well-being courses – Mandy van Reysen