About Family Learning
For many people with children, what their children learn at school is a bit of a mystery. Far removed from their own educational experience, the current methods of teaching, national educational strategies and even the words used in schools nowadays can be very confusing.
Family Learning aims to address these concerns by drawing adults into learning with their children. Through courses run predominantly within Primary Schools and Children’s Centres family members can attend programmes to help ease some of these worries about schooling. The range of courses offered are specifically designed to encourage parents and carers with few or no qualifications to return to learning.
Some courses are just for fun; 'Healthy Eating' or 'Arts &Crafts', for instance, encourage children and adults to learn new skills together; other courses, such as 'Keeping Up with the Children' and 'Family Literacy/Numeracy' are focused on showing adults how children are taught Maths and English, and how the child might be supported in his/her school work.
These Family Learning programmes have proved very popular, with learners advising that they are now better able to help their children, and that their own skills and confidence have improved, which has been of benefit at work or socially. Indeed, many adults go on to gain national qualifications through Family Learning. Schools too have reported favourably that family members who attend these courses appear to be more comfortable in their dealings with the school, with many more becoming actively involved in school life.
How do we get started?
Ask at your local school, children’s centre, community centre or library to find out what family learning activities they’re running.
All of our courses are free and are delivered in a supportive, unthreatening and friendly environment! Wherever possible we also provide free childcare. Courses are delivered at times and venues to suit families, during the school day, immediately after school, Saturday mornings or early evenings.
A language of Numeracy Class at Owl’s Children’s Centre in Farnborough. Photo by Mr Kusum Malla.