Family Learning and Family Learning Workshops

Family Learning Workshops

Who are the workshops for?

Our workshops are open to all grandparents, parents, carers and their children.

What entry requirements do I need to start the workshop?

There are no entry requirements for any of the workshop.

What will the workshop cover?

The workshop will include making a variety of art and crafts which you can take home with you. We also play games, read stories and do trails together.

You will be expected to complete an enrolment form on arrival.

What could I do when I have finished this workshop?

After this workshop has finished you may like to join in with a variety of Family Learning courses which you will be given information about.

Where and when will I learn?

Workshops are held at various venues around the town. Places must be booked in advance.

What should I bring with me?

You don’t need to bring anything with you, be prepared to have fun!!!!

How much will the course cost?

The workshops are free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601 text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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Helping in School Level 2

Who is this course for?

This is a 15 week course accredited through OCN for learners who are considering a career as a teaching assistant. 

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

Learners must complete an initial assessment at the Coleridge Centre prior to acceptance on the course.

What will the course cover?

Each week, we will focus on different skills. The course covers:

  • The National Curriculum
  • The structure of a school
  • Roles and responsibilities of a teaching assistant
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Behaviour management
  • Teaching and learning styles
  • Hazards in a school environment

As part of the course, learners must complete a placement diary that covers at least 15 hours in a school.  Placements will not be arranged by the course tutor but a DBS will be completed and paid for by the centre.

Learners will be required to complete written assignments during the course.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress to a CACHE L3 Teaching Assistants course at Darlington College.  Information, advice and guidance will be given before the end of the course to help you choose your next step.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will run for 2 hours per week in various locations.

What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring a pen and notepad.

How much will the course cost?

This is a free course.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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Maths Made Easy

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for all parents with children of any age, who would like to explore ways to support their child’s maths at home, regardless of their own mathematical abilities.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn in a relaxed, friendly environment.

What will the course cover?

Each week, we will focus on a different aspect of maths. We discuss the topic, examine its importance and explore how to support your child’s maths in simple, fun ways. You will have the opportunity to trial maths games, look at commercial resources (books, games, toys, apps, CDs) and to make your own learning resources e.g. card games, to take home.

The course covers:

  • Number lines
  • Number bonds and times tables
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Time and money
  • Measurement and ratios
  • 2D and 3D shapes

The first session will include a welcome, induction and discussion of individual goals. During the course we hope your confidence will grow, you will meet other people, make new friends and learn something new in a “coffee morning” style atmosphere. And there will be plenty of tea and coffee!

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You will be given information and guidance to progress onto other courses. You may like to consider a Functional Skills maths course after completion of this course.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will run on:

  • Tuesdays 9.15am – 11.15am for 10 weeks at Northwood Primary School
  • Wednesdays 9.15 – 11.15am for 10 weeks at Red Hall Primary School

What should I bring with me?

Please bring a pen with you.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free. There may be a crèche available at a cost of £3 per family per week.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk 

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Family Budgeting

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for all parents with children of any age who would like to explore ways to help manage the family budget.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn in a relaxed, friendly environment.

What will the course cover?

Each week, we will focus on a different aspect of budgeting. We look at:

  • Different types of credit
  • What is APR?
  • Essential and non-essential items
  • Making money games
  • Activities to play with our children
  • Useful money saving tips
  • Credit unions
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Getting the best discounts
  • Cost cutting recipes

The first session will include a welcome, induction and discussion of individual goals. During the course we hope your confidence will grow, you will meet other people, make new friends and learn something new.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You will be given information and guidance to progress onto other Family Learning courses.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will run for 5 weeks at Borough Road Nursery, 9.30 – 11.30am. Starting, 3rd November 2016

What should I bring with me?

Please bring a pen with you.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free. There may be a crèche available at a cost of £3 per family per week.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk 

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Family Safety Level 1

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those who would like to improve their First Aid skills and create a safe environment in their home.    

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn in a relaxed, friendly environment.

What will the course cover?

Each week, we will focus on different skills.  The course covers:

  • Recognition and first aid procedures for bleeding, choking, burns and scalds and much more
  • Ways to create a safe environment in the home
  • Resuscitation skills – CPR
  • What to do in an emergency situation
  • Dealing with accidental poisoning

All aspects of family safety are covered, from the basic treatment of everyday bumps, bruises and scrapes to more serious injuries such as burns and accidental poisoning. Learners look at ways to create a safe environment in their home. We also have an opportunity to practice resuscitation.

During the course we hope your confidence will be increased, you will meet other people, make new friends and learn something new.  A relaxed, informal atmosphere is encouraged. A different activity will be given each week for you to complete at home with your family.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You will be given information and guidance to progress onto other courses.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will run for 2 hours per week at Gurney Pease Academy for 10 weeks.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring a pen and notepad with you.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free. There may be a crèche available at a cost of £3 per family per week.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk 

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Child Development

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for parents and carers of children up to the age of around 11 years. This course may also be suitable for those parents and carers of children who are looking to gain skills and a qualification to support working towards volunteering in schools or progression to other courses.

This course is accredited; this means that successful completion of the course will lead to a Level 1 recognised qualification, and you will receive a certificate.  

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific entry requirements for this course. As this course is accredited it does mean that learners are required to provide evidence of learning to gain their award. A basic level of English is useful and guidance is offered to complete the course and develop skills.

What will the course cover?

Each week a different topic will be covered. Topics to be covered are:

  • Responsibilities of  parenthood
  • Rights and needs of children and family members
  • Child development
  • Honesty with children, listening and offering choice
  • Children’s behaviour and coping with difficult behaviours
  • Children’s play and learning through play and daily activities
  • Accident prevention and hygiene
  • Healthy diet and healthy eating on a budget

Each lesson will include learning activities such as small and large group discussion, watching short recordings, reading information and creating posters. Some sessions may include some practical work, for example looking at different toys.  Each learner will complete work in the lesson to create a portfolio of evidence of their learning to gain their award.

During the course all resources will be provided. It would be useful if learners could provide an A4 ring binder to bring to class every week for organising portfolio work.

A relaxed and informal atmosphere is encouraged. Learners are encouraged to share appropriate personal knowledge, skills and experiences within a respectful and confidential environment.   

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners may progress to Level 2 Helping in Schools, further Family Learning courses, Functional Skills in English, Maths or ICT, or Introduction to Working with Children and Young People.

Where and when will I learn?

The course is delivered one afternoon a week at the Coleridge Centre for 10 weeks; each session is 2 hours.

What should I bring with me?

During the course all resources will be provided. It would be useful if learners could provide an A4 ring binder to bring to class every week for organising portfolio work.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk 

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Healthy Eating

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those who would like to improve their cooking skills and look at ways to improve their health.  The emphasis is on healthy eating, fussy eaters and cooking on a budget.  

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn in a relaxed, friendly environment.

What will the course cover?

Each week, we will focus on different skills.  The course covers:

  • Making homemade pizzas
  • Making homemade soup
  • Costing recipes and shopping tips
  • How to deal with fussy eaters
  • Making scones
  • How to include your children in food preparation safely
  • And lots more!

The course will include basic cooking techniques.  The first session will include a welcome, induction and discussion of individual goals.

During the course we hope your confidence will be increased, you will meet other people, make new friends and learn something new.  A relaxed, informal atmosphere is encouraged. A different activity will be given each week for you to complete at home with your family.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You will be given information and guidance to progress onto other courses.

Where and when will I learn?

The course will run 2 hour a week at Borough Road Nursery for 5 weeks.

What should I bring with me?

You don’t need to bring anything.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free. There may be a crèche available at a cost of £3 per family per week.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 8693251 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Positive Parenting

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for parents and carers of children up to the age of around 11 years. It may also be suitable for parents and carers of children who are looking to gain skills and a qualification to support working towards volunteering in schools or progression to other courses.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

What will the course cover?

Each week a different topic will be covered. Topics to be covered are:

  • Identifying my responsibilities as a parent
  • Understanding my family’s needs
  • Dealing with my child’s difficult behaviour
  • Creating activities to help my child’s development
  • Creating a healthy recipe on a budget

Each lesson will include learning activities such as group discussion, watching short videos, reading information and creating posters.  Some sessions may include some practical work, for example looking at different toys. 

A relaxed and informal atmosphere is encouraged. Learners are encouraged to share appropriate personal knowledge, skills and experiences within a respectful and confidential environment.   

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners may progress to further Family Learning courses or Functional Skills in English, Maths or ICT.

Where and when will I learn?

The course will be delivered Thursday mornings; each session will run for 2 hours.

What should I bring with me?

During the course all resources will be provided. It would be useful if learners could provide an A4 ring binder to bring to class every week for organising portfolio work, plus a pen and a notepad.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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