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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.

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.

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Wider Family Learning

These fun courses are for parents and children to learn together in an informal and family friendly setting.

Possible courses include:

  • Family First Aid
  • Mask Making
  • Salt Dough
  • Little Builders and Boffins (STEM)
  • Bug Hunt

Browse Family First Aid & Creative courses

Family English, Maths and Language (ESOL)

Some courses are designed specifically to help parents and carers support their child at school and with homework, focusing particularly on English, Maths and language (ESOL) and helping parents understand and have confidence about ever-changing teaching methods in school.

Courses can lead adults to accreditation in English, Maths and language (ESOL) and can help adults recognise and develop their skills for paid employment and volunteering as well as for further learning.

Browse Family English Maths & Language courses
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These courses are for parents, grandparents and carers of children.  Some courses help parents tackle everyday family issues and help parents and children enjoy family life.

Possible courses:

  • Stepping up to Primary School
  • Stepping up to Secondary School
  • Managing Children’s Behaviour
  • Understanding your Teenager
  • Parents towards Employment
Browse Parenting courses

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.”

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 other 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

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