01904 554277 york.learning@york.gov.uk
The most important teacher in your child’s life is you!

The Family Learning team has been working in York for nearly 25 years.  We have worked across our communities, in key areas, schools and community venues to provide support for parents, grandparents and carers so that they build strong home learning environments for their children, while at the same time starting to recognise and develop their own skills.

Support during lockdown : 

In “normal times”, we run workshops and short courses for adult learners to support early child development and learning at school and at home. We also provide courses for adults to gain qualifications in English or maths, and to develop skills, eg, for employment or to manage stress.

During Lockdown, we are working hard to support families though our Facebook page, with activities, games and stress busting tips being published throughout the week.  This was set up primarily for people on courses to be able to continue their learning but we are more than happy to welcome new faces, particularly where someone may be struggling to support their children at home.

We understand just how important the home learning environment is and we are here to help people get the best out of it that they possibly can, with minimum pressure and stress!

We’ll have craft tips and activities to keep children happy and engaged in learning in a fun and gentle way.  As well as that, we’ll share stress busting techniques and, with your help, review some of the free resources and activities that have sprung up all over the internet.

We’re still planning for the future, and all parents, carers and grandparents can really help us here.  We have a survey on the go, which will inform our planning for our Facebook page and face to face and online workshops and courses after the summer.  Please, if you can, take the time to complete this survey. It will probably take about 10 minutes and the information we collect will be invaluable to both ourselves and the schools and settings we work with. (No personal information is shared.)

Click here to complete the survey.

One of the things Family Learning does best, is take you on a journey.  Many of our learners come along to find out how children are taught at school, for instance in maths, and then go on to gain an adult maths qualification for themselves. In the classes, whether face to face or online, you’ll be guided by an experienced adult tutor to share ideas with other learners and learn at a relaxed pace. You’ll make resources and talk about activities to try out at home and you’ll build confidence to help guide your child and speak to their school or setting about their progress. Many of our learners have gone on to volunteer and work in schools and early years settings, along with a host of other jobs. We’re with you all the way!

Family Learning … because learning together is fun – and right now, because learning together couldn’t be more important!

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How children learn maths in school / Keep up with the children in maths

How children learn maths in school

This course runs in the autumn term. You’ll find out how children are taught in primary school and make resources to use at home with your children.

Keep up with the children in maths

A practical course in the spring and summer terms looking at what children learn at different stages in primary school.

  • Enjoy learning in a fun, relaxed setting
  • Build your confidence
  • Work on your own skills and work towards an up to date adult qualification

How children learn English in school / Keep up with the children in English

How children learn English in school

This course runs in the autumn term. You’ll find out how children are taught in primary school and make resources to use at home with your children.

Keep up with the children in English

A practical course in the spring and summer terms looking at what children learn at different stages in primary school.

  • Enjoy learning in a fun, relaxed setting
  • Build your confidence
  • Work on your own skills and work towards an up to date adult qualification

Early Start - Words and Number

A free 10 week course for parents, grandparents or carers of 1 and 2 year olds.

Develop your child’s language and number skills through books, rhymes and play.

Free crèche available to book.

Early Start - Words and Play

A free 10 week course for parents, grandparents or carers of 1 and 2 year olds.

Widen a child’s experiences and language in the home and the outdoor world.

Free crèche available to book.

Learn Together - Stories & Rhymes

Linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, this 5 week FREE course helps you come up with ideas to use play in developing language and literacy skills. You’ll get tips to engage your child, start to recognise how they are learning, and grow more confident in helping them. The course will explore the use of fairy tales, rhymes and .story maps to support a child’s development

Learn Together - Outdoors & Imagination

Linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, this 5 week FREE course helps you come up with new ideas for playing outdoors. We’ll discuss the benefits of risky play and how to manage risk. You’ll try creative outdoor activities and grow more confident in helping your child develop their motor skills. The course will explore using stories outside to support a child’s language and maths development.

 

Free crèche available to book.

To find out more or book a place on a family learning course, contact:

family.learning@york.gov.uk
07785 546366

If you work with families or individuals who need support with English and Maths or just want ideas for spending quality time with their children, click here to find out more about how we could work together.

Ryan
It was a lot of things really… just to get me out and to get qualifictions because I don’t have anything like that. Also, when my little girls go to the crèche it gives them more confidence. I always try and do homework with them and it’s kind of helped me to help them. I think it goes back to the confidence thing, talking to people, doing stuff… I’m doing Children’s Centre Advisory Board as well. I would never have thought I would do something like that years ago.
Emma
I'll be able to get myself a job
[Since doing my Family Learning course] I’ve been doing a Level 2 Business Admin course through York Learning. I’ve already passed two assignments for that, and I’m hoping to pass it by September so when my child goes to school full time I’ll be able to get myself a job.
Lisa
"We did this at my mam's"
My youngest is chuffed and keeps telling me how proud he is. He’s coming on well now at school because I can help him at home with his reading and his English, and then he can go back to school and say “We did this at my mam’s”.
Katie
I got a job!
It’s given me a confidence boost. I ended up getting a job at Primark so obviously I’ll be working on the tills and that involves maths and (I’ll use my English) interacting with customers.
Jenni
Going back to my roots
I’m doing a Level 2 WEA Helping in Schools course and then I’ll do Level 3 so I can be a TA and working a crèche and children’s centres or schools. I’m going to start college in September. I definitely wouldn’t have done any of this without going back to my roots and doing the Family Learning.
Tracy
I did Keeping up with the children in maths and English with Family Learning and passed my Functional Skills qualifications at the same time as learning how children are taught in school and this has really helped me get a job as a Teaching Assistant, which I really enjoy.