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Family Learning

Family Learning


Family Learning gives you the chance to learn new skills whilst helping your child to learn in a fun and friendly way. Opportunities are open to parents, grandparents, guardians and carers and we would particularly welcome fathers to join us on our programmes.

We offer a whole range of programmes in schools, libraries, community centres and other community venues in Newcastle.

Family Learning workshops and introductory sessions (2-3 hours)

Offering opportunities for learners to try new activities and develop new skills:

  • Family crafts, story sacks, healthy eating, family Spanish or French and ICT
  • Family literacy or numeracy workshops are mini versions of 'It's Only Words' or 'Count on Me' programmes below.

Family Learning introductory courses (9-12 hours over 3-6 weeks)

Available in a range of subjects including:

  • Play and language
  • Keeping up with the children
  • Supporting bilingual parents
  • Family crafts
  • ICT
  • Healthy eating
  • Story Sacks
  • Game Making
  • Family French or Spanish
  • Family football

Family Learning literacy and numeracy courses

These programmes aim to raise standards of literacy and numeracy for both children and parents.

  • 'Count on Me' (30 and 60 hours)

On our 30 and 60 hour courses you will work initially work with a tutor in the first part of the session to develop new ways to help support your child's numeracy development. While you are doing this your child will work in a small group with the class teacher. During the second part of the session you and your child will work together on fun numeracy based activities.

  • 'It's Only Words' or 'Early Start' (30 and 60 hours)

The structure of both these programmes is as described above. On our 'It's Only Words' course you will focus on literacy skills. In the 'Early Start' course the emphasis is to enhance language development and interaction between parents/carers and their babies or young children.

More information

To find out more about Family Learning contact the team on 0191 277 3530.

Find a course today!

Your Learner Handbook

Learner handbook coverOur new learner handbook is now available here (pdf 1.81MB). Packed full of useful information about the service, we hope you will find it helpful. We'll cover a lot of the topics during our new induction process too, and you will be given a copy of the handbook to take away with you at the start of your course.

Enrol from Monday 2nd July [...]

shutterstock 15258847Enrol from Monday 2nd July for Autumn Term!

We are pleased to announce that our new brochure is available for courses running from Autumn 2018. You can enrol from Monday 2nd July 2018. For many of the courses you can enrol online, or we will be happy to take your call or see you in centres. You can download the brochure here (pdf, 5.98MB)

Advanced Learner Loans

learner HE

There have been changes to how education courses are funded for learners over 19 years old. Level 3 and above courses will no longer be funded by the Government (unless you are aged 19-23 years old and it is your first full Level 3 qualification) but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees.

If this loan is to fund an Access to HE Diploma leading to a completed degree, your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off so you don't have to pay it back.

It doesn't matter about your household income or even credit checks to qualify for a loan, and you don't have to pay anything back until you are earning over £21,000 a year.

Loans are available for people living in the UK on the first day of their course and have lived in this country, the Channel Islands of the Isle of Man for three years immediately before this.

Talk to our centre reception staff to get more details and your course offer letter which will have the information you will need to complete your loan application.

Find out more about Advanced Learner Loans.

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