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

Cartoon drawing of boyOnline Workshops in December and January 2021 Cartoon drawing of girl in yellow dress

We hope that you will join us for one of our fun and informative courses, this December and January. Our courses for school-aged children are for parents only, whereas our courses for Early Years are for parents and children (aged between 2 and 4 years). Our courses are always enjoyable and helpful. To book, see the contact information for each course.

Volunteering icon with coloured heartsThinking about Volunteering

Free one-week workshop for parents and carers with school age children.

Now that the children are back at school, are you thinking of going back into the workplace? Find out the skills you need and where to discover opportunities.

Date: Monday 14 December 10:00- 12:00

Text: Iva on 07710 145234 with your name and the code: GVol

Creating Story Sacks

Free five-week course for parents with children in Reception or Pre-school

Develop your child’s early reading. Find out how you can engage your child with books and encourage understanding of stories.  Learn how this will help your child at school.

Dates:

Thursday 7 January 12:30- 2:30

Monday 11 January- 9:30- 11:30

Text: Kathryn on 07770 641997 with your name and the code: CSS1 or CSS2

Numbers and maths signsSupport your child with maths – Year 3/4

Free five-week course for parents of children in Year 3 and Year 4.

  • Find out why shape data and measurement understanding is crucial to your child’s mathematical learning.
  • Find out what and how they are learning at school.
  • Learn simple, fun activities and games to reinforce their mathematical understanding.

Date: Wednesday 6 January 12:30- 2:30pm

Text Kathryn on 07770 641997 with your name and the code: GSDM

Volunteering icon with coloured heartsThinking about Volunteering

Free one-week workshop for parents and carers with school age children.

Now that the children are back at school, are you thinking of going back into the workplace? Find out the skills you need and where to discover opportunities.

Date: Wednesday 27 January 10:00- 12:00

Text: Iva on 07710 145234 with your name and the code: GVol

Numbers and maths signs Support Your Child with Maths Year 1/2

Free five-week course for parents of children in Year 1 & Year 2

Find out how to support your child with calculation and problem solving. Learn simple, fun activities and games to reinforce their mathematical understanding.

Date: Tuesday 5 January 9:30- 11:30

Text Kathryn on 07770 641997 with your name and code 12NUM

Cartoon SunshineSupport your Child’s Wellbeing

Free five-week course for parents and carers with children in Year 7 or Key Stage 2.

Through child-friendly activities, explore ways to build your child’s confidence, resilience and a ‘can do’ approach to school and home.

Start Date: Tuesday 12 January – 10:00am- 12:00pm

Text: Mandy on 07825 862029 with your name and the code GWB

Busy Fingers

Dates: Every Tuesday 10.00 – 11.30 from Tuesday 5 January to 9 February

Free six-week course for parents of children from 2 – 4 years

Children learn best by doing. Use things found in your home to support your child’s development, through simple and fun craft, construction, messy play & mark-making activities.

Text Shani on 07867 831433 with your name and the word: Busy

Story Explorers

Free six week course for parents of children from 2 – 4 years

Each week you will share a story online and, using materials found at home, discover how to support your child to explore their senses in activities inspired by the book.

Dates: Every Tuesday 10.00 to 11.30 starting Tuesday 5 January to 9 February.

Text: Shani on 07867 831433 with your name and the word: Explore

Bicycle cartoonYour Healthy Active Child

Free six-week online course for parents of children from 2 – 4 years.

Find out how you can encourage your child to enjoy a healthy diet and get lots of fun ideas for keeping them happy and active indoors and out.

Dates: Every Thursday 10.00 – 11.30, starting Thursday 7 January to 11 February.

Text: Shani on 07867 831433 with your name and the word: Healthy

Cartoon Sunshine Confident Me!

Free six-week online course for parents of children from 2 – 4 years
Find out how you can support your child’s confidence and well-being through stories and simple activities at home.

Dates: Every Wednesday 10.00 – 11.30 from Wednesday 6 January to 10 February

Text Shani on 07867 831433 with your name and the word: Confident

Woman writing with two school boys

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 Schools Newsletter – Issue 5 – 12 November 2020

Family Learning Early Years Keeping in Touch Newsletter – Issue 6 – 19 November 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

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