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Family Courses

Courses for parents, carers and their children

Family Courses are informative, practical and fun, offering a great opportunity for parents, carers and their children to enjoy quality time together learning new skills or maybe rediscovering old ones.

We run our courses in local schools, children's centres, faith venues and other community centres.

Courses are run free of charge in priority locations. Where a community does not meet these criteria, we are very happy to make the same offer at a very competitive price.

Wider Family Learning

Courses are tailored to meet the needs of a group and can tie in with topics being covered by children in the setting. We offer a variety of courses including two-hour tasters and three-week courses.

Bunting

Bunting and Badges (2 hours)

Work as a family to design your own bunting and celebratory badges which can be inspired by any festival of your choice. A perfect addition to summer fetes and special occasions. Child's age range (years) 3-11.

Butterfly on a flower

Bug Hunt/Wildlife Detective (2 hours)

This course will support families to develop an interest and extend knowledge of local bugs and wildlife, participate in indoor and outdoor activities and encourage empathy with wildlife and habitat. Child's age range (years) 3-11 and 5-11.

Elmer the elephant made from milk cartons

Elmer Workshop (2 hours)

Families will make a 'milk carton Elmer', look at why we are 'one of a kind' and participate in a scavenger hunt based on the David McKee Elmer books. Child's age range (years) 3-11.

First aid dummy on the floor

Family First Aid (6 hours)

For parents and children to learn how to manage an incident in which people are ill or have been injured and take care of them until medical help is available. Age range - adult. This course can be offered to children aged 5-11 years. Please speak with your Partnership Manager/Curriculum Leader.

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Fun with Yoga - Animal Poses (1.5 hours)

This course will teach you how to do some yoga poses, which will enable you and your child to improve balance, coordination, focus and concentration and will promote a sense of calm. Child's age range (years) 4-11.

Parent and child creating crafts

Happy Thoughts Jar/Making a Worry Box/Sock Monster (2 hours)

For parents and carers to get creative together to make a Happy Thoughts Jar, Worry Box or Sock Monster. Take time together to discuss worries or happy thoughts and create a craft to support these conversations. Child's age range (years) 5-11.

Child flying a kite

Kite Making (2 hours)

Families will extend knowledge, work together, design and make kites and fly their kite, weather permitting. The kites can be based on topics related to a school project if the tutor is notified at the time of booking the course. Child's age range (years) 5-11.

Parent and child building blocks

Little Builders and Boffins - STEM course (2 hours or 6 hours)

Families will extend their knowledge of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) through fun and creative activities. Gain confidence in planning and creating a variety of homemade toys, experimenting with water, or conducting investigations in sound. Child's age range (years) 3-5, 4-7 or 8-11.

Watering can

Little Gardeners (2 to 10 hours)

Help families find different ways to engage with gardening, help their children become familiar with the concept of growing their own and explore a range of fun, creative children's activities to raise awareness of horticultural concerns. Child's age range (years) 4-11.

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Mask Making (2 hours)

Make masks together as a family. These can be based on topics related to a school project if the tutor is notified at the time of booking the course. Child's age range (years) 5-11.

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Modelling (salt dough/clay/papier mache) (2 or 6 hours)

Try out modelling with different materials. Explore new ideas together. Child's age range (years) 3-11.

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Ready Steady Code (2 hours)

The race is on! Build your maze and programme the robot mouse to follow your coding instructions to the cheese. Child's age range (years) 5-11.

Drawing of a rocket

Rocket Making (2 hours)

Make a paper plane or pop bottle rocket and fire the rocket, weather permitting. Child's age range (years) 3-11.

Table with Christmas Crafts

Seasonal Papercrafts (2 hours)

Families will extend their knowledge of crafts, work together and create a variety of seasonal craft items. Great for Christmas, Diwali, Easter and many other cultural occasions. Child's age range (years) 5-11.

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Yoga to Support You and Your Family (1 hour 30 mins)

Learn how to support your child's wellbeing by using Yoga and breathing practices. You will be provided with easy to follow activities after each session to practise at home. Age range - adult.

Courses for Children's Centres

Courses are tailored to meet the needs of a group and can tie in with topics being covered by children in the setting. We offer a variety of courses including two-hour tasters and three-week courses.

Children cooking

Little Cooks (2 or 6 hours)

Build your confidence in preparing and tasting a variety of different foods together with your child. Child's age range (years) 2-4 (first hour is adult only).

Parent and child in a forest

Little Explorers (2 or 6 hours)

Learn about 'a rich sensory environment' and this fun way of learning, extending memory, knowledge and building on fine and gross motor skills. Explore the outside, collecting natural fauna and flora and make a collage. Child's age range (years) 2-4 (first hour is adult only).

Multicoloured musical notes

Movers and Shakers (2 or 6 hours)

Learn about 'a rich sensory environment' and this fun way of learning, extending memory, knowledge and building on fine and gross motor skills. Make and use simple instruments in song and dance activities. Child's age range (years) 2-4 (first hour is adult only).

Children and adult painting together

Young Picassos (2 or 6 hours)

Learn about 'a rich sensory environment' and this fun way of learning, extending memory, knowledge and building on fine and gross motor skills. Use a variety of craft and modelling materials to produce pieces of art. Child's age range (years) 2-4 (first hour is adult only).

Parenting (PAR)

Our Parenting courses are not about being a perfect parent - more about discovering that other people's experiences are the same. Parenting courses are not intended to be interventions and the tutor will not tell parents 'how it's done'. Rather they are discussion-based with time to share experiences, ideas, concerns and possible solutions.

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Autism Awareness (8 hours)

This course will look at various principles of Autism and the different aspects that can be present. Developing techniques to create a supportive environment, behaviour management and coping strategies. Age range - adult.

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Building Family Resilience (8 hours)

Help adults recognise what resilience is, identify the resilience skills we already use and discuss strategies which can be used when faced with different situations. Age range - adult.

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Confident Parent, Confident Child (10 hours)

Assess your own level of confidence and find out how this impacts on your children. Take part in group discussions about family life, find out ways to improve communication and learn how to increase your own confidence. Age range - adult.

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Exploring Behaviour Strategies (2 hours)

Enable parents and carers to build their confidence to manage certain situations, and provides the basis of how to manage behavioural issues and parents' own wellbeing. Raising children can be trying at times, it is a natural phase and being able to believe in oneself to implement good behaviour strategies will benefit parent and child alike. Age range - adult.

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Freedom Pathways Follow on Personal Development (12 hours)

This personal development programme is designed especially for adults who have been through difficult times. It helps adults move on from negative experiences, to build their self-esteem by sharing their experiences with others and to shape their future. Age range - adult.

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Learning Through Play (10 hours)

Recognise the importance of play in children's development and share ideas on how to create opportunities for play. Age range - adult.

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Let's Talk About Bullying (2 or 3 hours)

Enable mothers, fathers and carers to understand what the difference is between bullying and developing social skills and how to support their child. Age range - adult.

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Managing Children's Behaviour (10 hours)

Learn about why children behave in certain ways and how parents can positively influence their children's behaviour. Take part in discussions with other parents. Try out new strategies at home and talk about how these worked. Improve family life and your relationship with your children. Age range - adult.

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Positive Parenting - Let's Grow Together (12 hours)

Discuss your child's physical and emotional development and help parents develop a positive approach to parenting, preparing for each of the child's formative stages. Age range - adult.

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Restoring Family Relationships (2 hours)

Understand conflict and how best to resolve issues within the family with practical advice to better support the family with communication. Age range - adult.

Parent and child working together

Stepping up into Primary/Secondary (2 hours)

The opportunity to discuss with other parents the anxieties over your child starting a new school. How to best prepare your child and what to expect. Age range - adult.

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Stepping up into Primary With Crafts (2 hours)

Have fun with your child in this fully interactive session, where parents and carers can get creative with craft together whilst learning how to get your child school ready. Child's age range (years) 3-5.

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Stepping up into Secondary Extra (4 hours)

Enable parents and carers to reflect on their feelings about their child starting secondary school, what to expect and how to best prepare and support their child in the transition. This course also discusses some of the worries that parents and carers might have about internet safety, knife crime, sexual harassment and mental health. Age range - adult.

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Supporting ADHD in the Home (8 hours)

Explore the characteristics of ADHD and the environments in which our children spend time with us. In this course you will be able to share ideas and strategies for managing behaviour and celebrate the positives of ADHD. Age range - adult.

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The English Education System (2 hours)

Informing parents about the school system in England and how children are taught. Don't worry if you feel you don't know enough about schools and education in England. The tutor will help you find the answer to your questions and will give you information about how school is set up for your child, whatever their age or needs. Age range - adult.

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Understanding your Teenager (10 hours)

Understand what it is like being a teenager and find out how the teenage brain develops. Participate in discussions about family life with other parents. Improve communication with your teenager. Age range - adult.

Family English, Maths and Language (FEML)

Courses are for adults who wish to become more involved in their children's learning and enable them to help children acquire English, Maths and Language and improve their ability to help their children. Courses are for adults (mothers, fathers, carers and guardians) who do not hold a current level 2 qualification in English and Maths, Grade 4 (formally Grade C) and above. All courses have an element of parent and child working together except those for adults only.

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Budding Writers (2.5 or 10 hours)

Developing imagination by engaging in writing an exciting story and provide quality time for families to share stories together. Encouraging parents and children to plan, discuss and write a story sharing their opinions and explaining their thoughts with the family creatively. Child's age range (years) 4-11.

Parent and child reading

Chatter Matters (2 or 10 hours)

Understand the importance of talking to your baby, toddler or young child and learn about language development. Find out how you can help your child's speech by talking about everyday activities, playing games and having fun together. Child's age range (years) 2-5.

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Cooking on a Budget (10 or 12 hours)

Find out how to feed your family healthily and on a budget. Have a go at trying out new recipes on your own and with your children. Take the opportunity to taste new things and have fun cooking and tasting with your children. Child's age range (years) 3-11.

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Family English (12 hours plus)

Learn about the English curriculum and how it is taught in primary schools. Brush up on your own spelling, punctuation and grammar and have the opportunity to work towards a nationally recognised qualification. Child's age range (years) 4-11.

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Family Language - ESOL (12 hours plus)

For parents, carers and children whose first language is not English to practise speaking, listening, reading and writing. Improve your English to cope with everyday situations and find out how English is taught in schools in the UK. You can also work towards a recognised qualification. Child's age range (years) 4-11.

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Family Maths (12 hours plus)

Learn how your children are taught Maths at school. Brush up on your knowledge of mathematical terminology such as place value, estimate, different methods of calculation and problem solving. You can also work towards a nationally recognised qualification. Child's age range (years) 4-11.

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Flying Start (15-25 hours)

Learn the ways that children are being/will be taught English and Maths in school during Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. This will enable families to feel more confident about supporting their children's learning in these important early years. Child's age range (years) 3-5.

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Forest School (15 hours)

This course will support families to develop an interest and extend knowledge of local wildlife, participate in outdoor activities and encourage empathy with wildlife and habitat. Find out about trees, insects and the safe use of tools and build a lifelong relationship with natural spaces. Child's age range (years) 3-5 or 6-11.

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Keeping up with the Children (2.5 or 10 hours)

Learn about recent changes in the curriculum and how your children are taught at school. Understand how children are taught English (to read and write) and Maths, and how you can help them at home. Age range - adult.

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Number Sacks (15-25 hours)

This course will help parents and carers with their understanding of children's early mathematical development. Giving adults knowledge and skills to support their children's mathematical progression and engage with their children using mathematical games and activities. Child's age range (years) 3-7.

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Our Family Scrapbook (15-25 hours)

This course helps to develop and promote positive family relationships by structuring and encouraging family experiences and then allowing learners to work with their children on a creative project to compile a family memory album. Child's age range (years) 3-5 or 6-11.

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Parents Towards Employment (10 hours)

Look at how families may combine employment with family responsibilities. Consider how to make the most of your skills as parents and learn more about looking and applying for employment. There may be an opportunity to include a workshop with the National Careers Service at the end of the course. Age range - adult.

Finger puppets

Puppet Making (2 hours)

Encourage your child's enjoyment of stories, by bringing them to life through creating puppets and props, and learn to use these effectively with your child. Child's age range (years) 4-11.

Parent and child reading together

Story Sacks (15 to 25 hours)

Help your child to enjoy English through creating a story sack. Fill it and learn to use it with your child, to support reading and to bring stories to life. Child's age range (years) 3-7.

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Fun at Family Learning events

Family Learning have worked in partnership with the children’s centres Reconnect events. We ran craft workshops alongside our balloon modeller which drew huge crowds. Lots of fun was had! Here is one of the children who came along and enjoyed making a balloon animal.

Headcorn Family Day

Headcorn Animal Antics Family Day

Over 200 families attended a Family Event in Headcorn recently organised by the Children's centre. The Family Learning Team provided a vibrant musical activity to keep the crowds happy and singing along. There was face painting, balloon modelling, quizzes and of course Easter hunts. Lots of fun was had by all despite the wet weather!

What people say about us

When Vicky started on a Family Learning course she suffered from anxiety and had little confidence.

Vicky says “I joined the Adult Education courses because I wanted a chance to get out of the house and start to learn again. My anxiety had got so bad that going anywhere without someone I knew was a massive trigger for me. We had some awful times as a family, with different people and it was time to make a change and create something positive in our lives. The courses at the school were ideal for me because the Story Sacks course involved the children, and they were held somewhere I knew. It was nice to be able to do something productive and educational with my children, but also for me, it was nice to learn and build up a bit of confidence in my knowledge again after being out of education so long. I also wanted to show my children that it’s never too late to go back to learning, and every step counts.  I want them to be proud of me and I want a better life for all of us. I don’t want them ever to doubt that they can do anything they put their minds to.”

"Adult Education continues to offer some fantastic free learning opportunities for both families and staff members, we have had some excellent feedback from clients who have benefitted from attending the courses. These have ranged from parenting, Family Language ESOL courses, right through to fun activities for all the family to enjoy. Most recently we have had a lot of interest in the courses around autism awareness" - Manager - Children's Centre.

"Kent Adult Education is a valuable partner in supporting the Children's Centre's work and effectiveness in achieving our outcomes. Their role has complemented our work with partners such as Job Centre Plus and their ability to work in partnership with us designing specific courses to meet the needs of our communities is invaluable." - Dartford Children's Centre.