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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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 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:

  • Understanding hygiene and safety in the kitchen
  • Using the NHS Eatwell guide to plan a meal
  • Tasting new ingredients and learning how to include them in your diet
  • Analysing the cost of making a healthy dish
  • Discovering the benefits of homemade food versus processed food
  • Cooking dishes including homemade pizza, fresh pasta and vegetable cakes

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 increase, 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 at the following venues: 

  • McNay Street Children's Centre (See course list for start dates and times) 
  • Corporation Road Primary School (See course list for start dates and times) 
  • St John's C of E Academy (See course list for start dates and times) 
  • Northwood Primary School (See course list for start dates and times) 
  • Red Hall Primary School (See course list for start dates and times) 

What should I bring with me?

Please bring an apron and plastic food container to take home cooked food.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free. There may be a crèche available at a cost of £2 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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Fun with Numbers

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.

Where and when will I learn?

The course will run at the following venues:

  • St John’s C of E Academy (See course list for start dates)
  • Mount Pleasant Primary School (See course list for start dates)

What should I bring with me?

You do not need to bring anything with you.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free. There may be an onsite crèche available at a cost of £2 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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Play Talk

Who is this course for?

This course is for parents and carers of young children who wish to help their child develop good language skills.  

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn about and develop skills that will help your child.

What will the course cover?

Each week, we will focus on different skills. These include:

  • How language develops
  • How to use everyday activities to aid language development
  • Making games to help social skills and vocabulary
  • Introducing phonics and how they are taught in school
  • How to prepare your child for reading
  • The importance of nursery rhymes

During the course your tutor will give you a home activity each week that you can share with your child.   

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress to another Family Learning course or a course to improve your maths and English. Before the end of your course your tutor will discuss possible progression routes and other suitable courses.

Where and when will I learn?

The course will run at Big Kids Little Kids on Thursdays 9.30am - 11.30am. 

What should I bring with me?

Please bring a folder to keep your work and handouts in. You may also like to bring your own felt tips or colouring pencils. Some will be provided for group use on the course.

How much will the course cost?

This is a free course and will run for 10 weeks.  There may also be a crèche for younger children for a nominal fee of £2 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:

  • Essential and non-essential items
  • Compiling a weekly shopping list and budget
  • Analysing the cost of making a healthy dish
  • Useful money saving tips
  • Credit unions and the 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?

The course will run at the following venues:

  • McNay Street Children's Centre (See course list for start dates)
  • Redhall Primary School (See course list for start dates)
  • St John's C of E Academy (See course list for start dates)
  • Northwood Primary School (See course list for start dates)
  • West Park Academy (See course list for start dates)

What should I bring with me?

You don’t need to bring anything with you.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free. There may be an onsite crèche available at a cost of £2 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

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 as part of this course.

Where and when will I learn?

The course will run at the following venues:

  • McNay Street Children's Centre (See course list for start dates)
  • Mount Pleasant Primary School (See course list for start dates)
  • The Coleridge Centre (See course list for start dates)
  • Red Hall Primary School (See course list for start dates)

What shall I bring with me?

You don’t need to bring anything with you.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free. There may be an onsite crèche available at a cost of £2 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 Level 1

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
  • Stages and aspects of 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 games or toys. Each learner will complete work in the lesson to create a portfolio of evidence of their learning to gain their award.

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 will run at the following venues:

  • McNay Street Children's Centre (See course list for start dates)
  • St John's C of E Academy (See course list for start dates)
  • Northwood Primary School (See course list for start dates) 

What should I bring with me?

During the course all resources will be provided. Learners will need to 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. There may be an onsite crèche available at a cost of £2 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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New Year New Me

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those who would like to improve their confidence and look at ways to boost their self-esteem.   

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:

  • Identifying the sort of person you are
  • Stress management
  • Identifying different behaviour types
  • What can affect our mental health
  • Looking after our family’s health and well being
  • Practical parenting tips
  • Help and guidance with learning journeys and employment

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?

After this course has finished you may like to join in with other Family Learning courses or adult learning courses.  You will be given information about other courses and guidance on to progress during this course.

Where and when will I learn?

The course runs for 2 hours, one morning a week for 5 weeks at various venues

What should I bring with me?

You don’t need to bring anything with you.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free. There may be an onsite crèche available at a cost of £2 per family per week, subject to demand.

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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Positive Parenting 0 - 5

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for parents and carers of children from age 0 – 5years. 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 at the following venues

  • West Park Academy (See course list for details)
  • The Coleridge Centre (See course list for details)

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. There may be an onsite crèche available at a cost of £2 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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Positive Parenting 5 - 11

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for parents and carers of children from age 5 - 11years. 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 at the following venues

  • West Park Academy (See course list for details)
  • The Coleridge Centre (See course list for details)
  • Mount Pleasant Primary School (See course list for details)

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. There may be an onsite crèche available at a cost of £2 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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Fun with English

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for all parents with children of any age, who would like to support their child’s English at home in fun, simple ways.

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 English, with a particular emphasis on ways to support your child with their homework. You will have the opportunity to try different ways of learning, which you can try out at home with your child. There will always be time for discussion and reflection and we will look at the commercial resources available to support learning, such as books and CDs. The course will also include crafts such as card making.

The course covers:

  • Encouraging children to read for enjoyment
  • Finding ways to support the reluctant reader and to boost their confidence
  • Trying fun ways to learn to spell (to make learning spellings for homework more enjoyable for everyone!)
  • Revision of ‘punctuation and grammar’ with a focus on the technical words used by teachers and children
  • Boosting children’s vocabulary
  • Encouraging children to become “writers”
  • Finding enjoyment in handwriting

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 courses.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will run at the following venues: 

  • Northwood Primary School (See course list for start dates and times)
  • West Park Academy (See course list for start dates and times) 
  • St John's C of E Academy (See course list for start dates and times) 
  • Mount Pleasant Primary School (See course list for start dates and times) 
  • Corporation Road Community Primary School (See course list for start dates and times) 

What should I bring with me?

If you can, please bring a folder to keep any resources and course handouts in. Some people prefer to bring their own pencil case too.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free. There may be an onsite crèche available at a cost of £2 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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E-Safety

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for parents and carers of children who access the internet and social networking sites.  This course may also be suitable for those parents and carers of children who are looking to improve their knowledge about how to keep themselves and their children safe on-line.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific entry requirements for this course, just enthusiasm to learn.

What will the course cover?

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

  • Social media – the highs and lows of social media sites
  • Cyber Bullying – how to tackle it if your child is being bullied online, or is an online bully
  • Inappropriate material – how to talk about accessing “adult” sites and materials, sites which you feel are inappropriate, and extremist views expressed online
  • Difficult conversations - how to talk to your child about online behaviours, how to challenge those behaviours and deciphering what is real and what is not

Each lesson will include learning activities such as small and large group discussions, watching short recordings, reading information and group interaction and participation.

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?

After you have finished this course, you may like to join one of other Family Learning courses, or progress to a Functional Skills course, such as ICT.  You will be given information about suitable further learning for you during this course.

Where and when will I learn?

The course is delivered over three weeks, for 2 hours each session at the Coleridge Centre.

What should I bring with me?

During the course all resources will be provided. Learners will need to provide their own note pad and pen, and possibly a folder to hold handouts, etc.

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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Christmas Arts and Crafts

Who is this course for?

This Christmas Craft workshop is open to all grandparents, parents and carers and their children of all ages.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this workshop.

What will the course cover?

The course will include making various arts and crafts for Christmas which you can take home.

You will be expected to complete a short enrolment form on arrival.

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

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this workshop has finished you may like to join in with other Family Learning courses. You will be given information about these courses on the day.

Where and when will I learn?

The course will run at various venues. (See course list for details)

What should I bring with me?

You do not need to bring anything with you.

How much will the course cost?

The workshop 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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Fun with Maths

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.

Where and when will I learn?

The course will run at the following venues:

  • Corporation Road Community Primary School (See course list for start dates) 

What should I bring with me?

You do not need to bring anything with you.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free. There may be an onsite crèche available at a cost of £2 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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