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The most important teacher in your child’s life is you!

Did you know that children spend less than 20% of their waking hours in school?  When parents, grandparents and carers can support learning at home, children will have a much better chance of success. But we know, from speaking to many, many parents over the years, that it’s a challenge keeping up with how they teach children at school, that children ask questions about things that we’ve long forgotten and that homework is sometimes a complete mystery!

Family Learning have workshops and short courses for parents and carers of pre-school and primary aged children to support early reading, writing, counting and communication skills, internet safety, healthy eating and creative craft activities to help children learn indoors and outside.

Our Keep Up with the Children courses in English or maths show you how children are taught at school while you work towards your own up to date adult qualification. These courses are also ideal for anyone currently volunteering or working in schools or pre-schools or thinking of applying to work with children in any setting.

We also run sessions on handling stress, money management, CV and skills building and can provide advice and support for anyone wanting qualifications and looking for employment or a better job.

In all our classes, you’ll share ideas with other learners and an adult tutor at a relaxed pace – probably over a coffee or a tea.  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 school about their progress.

Family Learning … because learning together is fun!

The Great Big Family Learning Survey

How do phonics work?
How do I keep my kids safe online?
How do they teach maths at school?
Where can I get advice about qualifications for me?

Our Family Learning team want to find out from parents, carers and grandparents which topics you would like to know more about to support your children with their pre-school, primary school or secondary school learning.  Also, are there any skills and qualifications you’re interested in yourself?

Coming soon…

Course Title Venue Date Time
More from stories The Avenues Children’s Centre 1st May 9.30am – 11.30am
Seasonal crafts The Avenues Children’s Centre 8th May 9.30am – 11.30am
Healthy Picnics on a Budget New Earswick Folk Hall 8th May 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Time for tables The Avenues Children’s Centre 15th May 9.30am – 11.30am
Seasonal Crafts New Earswick Folk Hall 15th May 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Healthy picnics on a budget The Avenues Children’s Centre 22nd May 9.30am – 11.30am
More from Stories New Earswick Folk Hall 22nd May 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Plus…
Fun with phonics Find out a few phonics basics and make a place mat for your child.
More from stories Get more out of your child’s favourite stories.
Time for tables New ideas for making tables fun to learn.
Seasonal crafts Easy craft activities for the whole family.
Forest families Explore outdoors with your child.
Horatio and friends Use natural materials to make a woodland animal.
Healthy lunchbox Refresh your child’s lunchbox with tasty, healthy ideas.
Safety online Find out how to keep your child safe online.
Souper-heroes Make tasty soup from scratch.

If you would like to run any of these workshops at your school or setting, please contact Fiona Himsworth.

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.