Calling all parents, grandparents and carers!
Do you want to give your child a boost with early speaking and reading skills?
Are you left puzzling over homework?
Would you like to build your child’s confidence for number skills and maths?
Do you want to develop your own skills, maybe get a qualification or two and think about your own future? (It’s never too late!)
Maybe you want to volunteer or work in a school or pre-school setting but don’t know where to start?
Our free* Family Learning courses are just what you need! (*subject to eligibility.)
“Evidence shows that the quality of the home learning environment is a key predictor of a child’s future – what parents do is just as important as who they are.”
Improving the home learning environment, National Literacy Trust)
We’ve missed you!
Some of our Family Learning courses have been running on Zoom and we will continue to have this as an option as some people have found it easier to attend. However, we’re happy to say that we are now back face to face in some of the childrens centres and libraries and in 7 York primary schools: Burton Green, Carr, Clifton Green, Clifton with Rawcliffe, Fishergate, Hob Moor and Westfield … with one or two more coming on board. If your children are starting at or going to these schools, look out for Family Learning events, competitions and special offers.
Our popular Get Ready for School will be running again in May. This is for parents or adult carers of any children starting at any of our local schools in September 2022. It’s a great way to find out about building confidence and routines, and preparing your child (and yourself!) for the big day.
Did you know that even in “normal” times, children spend less than 20% of their waking hours at pre-school settings or school. Anything you can do as a parent or carer to support a child’s learning in those first few years of their life and at school will give them a real advantage. Remember, that as parents, carers and grandparents, you are experts too.
Not sure where to start? Don’t know enough about how children are taught? Didn’t do well at school yourself? You are exactly who these courses are for! Many people come along to find out how children are taught at school and then decide to do adult qualifications for themselves too – it’s never too late!
In our relaxed, small group settings, you will share your thoughts, concerns and ideas with our experienced adult tutor and other learners; you’ll make resources and talk about activities to try out at home; you’ll adapt ideas to help your child and gain confidence to speak to school or settings about their progress and find new interests for yourself. Many of our learners have gone on to volunteer and work in schools and early years settings, along with a host of other jobs. Others do it just for fun and to see the friends they’ve made along the way.
If you are worried about joining a group, please mention this to our enrolment team, and we can link you up with one of our tutors or a project worker to build your confidence and get you started. We’re with you all the way!
“I don’t know what I’d have done without Family Learning. It kept me going through lockdown knowing I had people I could talk to! The ideas we shared really helped to take the pressure off too.”
Family Learning … because learning together is fun!
The Background: The Family Learning team has been working alongside other professionals in York for nearly 25 years. Whilst courses are continually evolving to meet local and national priorities, you can be assured that we’re in it for the long haul!
The team is made up of qualified teachers, with up to date primary and early years knowledge, experienced support staff, and a manager with many years experience of targeted outreach and community development. We deliver workshops and courses across the city, in key areas, schools and community venues – and now online too – providing support for parents, grandparents and carers to build strong home learning environments for their children and to move on and achieve in their own lives too.
Evidence Based: Data collected both locally and nationally as well as numerous research projects have shown that Family Learning programmes have multiple impacts, on the adult learners, their children, their families and their communities.* which is why it’s so effective in raising aspirations and breaking cycles of disadvantage. In 2021-22, we are being supported by Shine Educational Trust and Huntington Research School, working with a number of schools to monitor the impact of Family Learning adult learners on specific aspects of children’s progress at school, particularly through those important early years.
How Does It Work? We are funded by central government, through the Adult Skills Budget, so all of our courses are FREE to eligible adults. Our targets are to widen participation, break cycles of disadvantage and support adults to increase their skills in supporting children’s learning but also in gaining adult qualifications in English and maths for themselves. (Almost one third of adults don’t have English skills at level 2, needed for many jobs; in maths it’s over a half.)
We know that all parents want what’s best for their kids – even if sometimes there are huge barriers to overcome which makes this very challenging – but having children is a great motivator for people to engage in learning – and this is why Family Learning is so successful. If you are reading this, you probably know families who may want or need just that little bit of additional support and we are always keen to take referrals from schools, pre-school settings, local area and health teams, and partner organisations.
If you would like one of us to come along to talk to your team, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Together we can make a difference!
Our local offer is based on the EAST model:
|Easy||Courses are adapted to work with learners at a level they feel comfortable with, setting group and individual SMART targets, working collaboratively to achieve their aims. Progression pathways are planned so that learners are able to build on what they have learned and move on to higher level courses, including some with access to nationally recognised qualifications.|
|Accessible||We have courses both face to face and online (using Zoom) and can support people to get started if necessary. We run workshops and courses where possible in early years settings, in schools, libraries and community venues, close to where people live, often with free childcare available, at times to fit in with school and nursery drop off and pick up times.|
|Sociable||One of the best things about Family Learning is the connection between tutor and learners. We encourage our adult learners to share their learning experiences and tips, fully acknowledging the fact that parents are experts in their own right. Friendships made through Family Learning classes often remain long after the courses have finished.|
|Timely||Our support is there when people need it at times in their lives when it matters to them, when they have young children or at key transition stages, for instance when a child starts primary school or when the adult is looking for employment or a change in career direction.|