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Courses for 2024/25 are now LIVE and open for enrolment!

A 30% Early Bird Discount is available from 8:30am on Monday 1st July, till 7:00pm on Monday 30th September. (The discount has been automatically applied to the fees displayed on our website.) Browse and enrol online or call us on freephone 0800 988 0308 to speak to a member of the team today!

Family Learning

Family Learning classes are taught at libraries, Family Hubs, schools, online and in the community. Courses are designed to help you support your child’s education journey, by learning how your child is taught in school while you also develop your own knowledge.

Some courses are delivered as joint learning where you can learn alongside your child, while other courses are for adults only. All Family Learning courses are FREE and are specially designed for those who do not currently hold a Level 2 qualification.

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For parents of children aged 6 months to 3 years, Family Learning deliver courses focused on sensory play, storytime fun, arts and crafts and encourage development of fine motor skills, nutrition, healthy eating and learning through play.

For parents of children aged 4 to 9 years old, we offer courses that are designed around reading, phonics, maths and English. These courses support parents and carers to understand the journey from Key Stage 1 into Key Stage 2, and the transition into Key Stage 3 and secondary school.

We also offer courses that teach you about children’s social and emotional wellbeing, resilience, children’s health, First Aid, how to keep your family safe online and budgeting.

Throughout the year we run sessions during school holidays and half terms based around different cultural and local events.

If you need more information, or want to discuss our Better Mental Health courses you can: visit our Learning Centresopens in new window in-person, or contact us on the details below.

  • 0800 988 0308
  • adult.learning@leics.gov.uk
  • If you do not feel able to get in contact with us yourself, you can ask a friend, family member or support worker to make first contact on your behalf.
  • Information, advice, and guidance is available during our longer courses to support you to identify your next steps which might include continuing your learning journey with further courses, volunteering, or employment.

Storytime Courses

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Storytime Fun

This course has been designed to enable you and your child (age 1 - 4 years) to take part in fun activities (singing, poems and crafts) and listen to stories read aloud. Each week we have a different book to share with you.

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Story Boxes

There will be a 1 hour 15 minutes taught session each week with other learners and their children. You will have access to resources and materials to help you support your children. You will be encouraged to create and share fun activities with your children to help their learning. This course has been designed to enable you and your child to take part in fun storytelling activities.

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Story Sacks

This course has been designed to help you to understand how you can support your child’s literacy and numeracy skills by creating a Story Sack. The course will also give you top tips, games, activities and resources to help you support your child at home. You will: Know the purpose and content of a Story Sack Produce a story sack and contents for your child. Make your own props, games and resources using a variety of different skills and techniques for your Story Sack. Know different ways you can bring a story to life to encourage a love of stories and reading.

Family Learning English

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Family ESOL

This course has been designed to help you to understand how your children are learning to read at school and the learning outcomes are: Identify benefits of being bilingual. Define key phonic terms that the children and teachers use. Know and say the phonemes correctly. Recognise the value of oral story telling in development of language skills. Identify the benefits of reading to children. Identify strategies to help children as they learn to read.

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Phonics

This course has been designed to help you to understand how your children are learning to read and write at school and you will: Recognise the importance of speaking and listening skills and the value of rhymes and songs to help children develop phonic awareness, know how the phonics system teaches children to read and write and know the key terms relating to phonics, be able to say the phonic sounds correctly, choose and create resources and activities to share with your children.

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Family Learning English

This course has been designed to help you to understand how your child is learning English in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 You will: become familiar with English Curriculum targets for Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2, have an overview of punctuation rules, know how to help children spell words correctly and practice strategies to help children learn words from the statutory list, recognise how children learn sentence structure and identify complete sentences, nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, identify strategies to help children with reading comprehension., Plan for you own learning needs The course will provide you with tips, games, activities and resources to help you support your child at home.

Early Years Learning

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Early Years Learning

This course has been designed to help you to understand how you can support your child’s early development and learning skills. The course will also give you top tips, activities and resources to help you support your child at home.

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Sensory Play

Sensory Play is a programme for families who have children aged 0 – 2 years. It provides a range of sensory experiences and activities for parents and children to help stimulate development in all areas of learning. A baby’s brain is growing fast, developing in response to his or her surroundings through the senses of touch, smell, taste, hearing, sight and movement. You have a vital part to play. Family and home are more important than anything else in your baby’s learning.

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Baby Sign

You will learn about the history of Baby Sign, signs to start with your baby and how to persevere if it appears not to work.

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School Readiness

You will learn about EYFS, Phonics, Maths and social and emotional skills to support your children in their learning journey. Also you will learn about the world of early years education and learn how your children are learning through play so you can support them at home. We will teach you valuable skills that will help you and your child settle into the first term at primary school.

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Family Learning Workshops

Our workshops are designed to enable you and your child to take part in fun activities which could include crafts, quizzes and games You will: have a go at fun, creative activities with your family, take away ideas for activities to try at home, discover more about Family Learning and how it can help you support your children.

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Family First Aid and Wellbeing

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Family First Aid and Home Safety

You will learn about how to deal with a First Aid Emergency for a baby, child and adult. Distinguish between a life-threatening and non-life threatening first aid casualty. You will learn how to child-proof your home for different ages and stages. You will: Know how and where to put in safety measures for the home Learn how and when to perform basic first aid including CPR, Recovery position and using a defibrillator Know how to deal with choking, heat exhaustion, swallowing poison plus some childhood illnesses

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Social Media Safety

You will learn how to set up a Family Social Media Agreement, Parental Parameters, keep your family safe using social media plus much more Learning Outcomes: 1Set up a Family social media agreement. Set up a Family ‘Safe Word’ or Emoji Know how to share your location, safely, with the family/select members. Set up ICE contacts on your phone. Know how to set up phone/laptop with parental controls

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Family Social and Emotional Wellbeing

This course has been designed to help you support your children’s social and emotional development (aged 0 - 11 years old. You will: identify the stages of social and emotional development and how to support children’s emotional needs, know how recognising, expressing and managing emotions underpins the development of resilience, recognise how children can build resilience using the growth mindset theory and the power of play and identify strategies to help development, explain the importance of self-esteem and confidence in the development of resilience and explore activities for developing these skills.

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Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness

This qualification is designed for learners looking to increase their knowledge and awareness of mental health. It will help you to develop your awareness of issues surrounding mental health and to know the rights of those with mental health issues. In this unit you will understand what is meant by the term mental health and consider the definition and causes of mental health problems. You will also explore common perceptions of mental health difficulties and how stereotyping can affect people's perceptions. You will develop your knowledge of the rights of those who experience mental health difficulties and learn where appropriate support can be sought. You will also develop your awareness of cultural diversity within mental health issues.

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Food and Nutrition

This course has been designed to help you to understand how you can create healthy meals on a budget. Know which foods make up a balanced diet for a child over 1 year, learn the benefits of a healthy diet for you and your family, design / select healthy meals /snacks each week, know how to encourage your children to try new foods, be able to compare prices of shop bought versus home-made meals and snacks and make healthy, budget conscious recipes in each session.

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Family Fun

Free information, advice, fun resources and activities to help you support your children.

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Coalville Library

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Learner Voice – Family Learning

Over the last few years, I have completed many of the Family Learning courses, such as Story Sacks and Making Sense of KS1 Maths. I have found these courses immensely helpful in terms of being able to support my own children with their early learning of both literacy and numeracy. A particular benefit of the teaching methods of the Family Learning courses, is that children are encouraged to learn alongside their parents – the courses are fully inclusive.”

 

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