Family programmes aim to encourage family members to learn together. They should provide inter-generational learning to both adults and children and provide progression for the adult to other learning. The term ‘adult’ assumes that this includes mothers, fathers, carers, grandparents – whoever has a caring role for the child. The programmes have two main aims:
- To develop the skills or knowledge of the adult and the child
- To help adults to be more active in supporting their children’s learning and development with greater confidence and to understand why that is important.
These are used as an opportunity to engage families by providing a positive shared learning experience and are used as the opportunity to initially engage parents with low literacy or numeracy skills. Programmes can focus on a particular theme or activity such as arts and crafts, healthy eating or messy play and should be designed to give the adults the skills and confidence to support their children. These may initially be a short workshop leading onto a longer 10 hour programme.
Family English, Maths and Language (FEML)
These programmes aim to help parents and carers understand how English and Maths are taught so that they can support their children’s learning. The programmes vary according to the age of the children.
The adults’ prime motivation for coming on these courses is their children. Two trigger points for parents are, firstly, when their children begin to develop language and secondly, when they move into formal education. At both of these times parents may realise that they do not have the right set of skills to give their children the full support they would like to provide.
Typically FEML programmes are divided into sessions where parents learn with their children, and sessions where the adults and their children learn separately. These courses are taught by specialist Skills For Life tutors who work with the adults, alongside specialist teachers who support the children’s learning. All adults on these courses have the opportunity to take national qualifications and, as their English and Maths skills improve, they may move on to further learning and into employment.
- Family English, Maths and Language programmes must be delivered by qualified adult learning tutors with English and Maths or early years specialisms and should only be delivered to parents who have not achieved a full English or Maths qualification at level 2.
- Family Language is used to describe the programmes for families where English is not the primary language at home. They include a broad coverage of skills including family English, Maths and ICT courses.
For further information about family programmes please contact
Family Programmes Manager