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Family Learning

Our fully funded Family Learning courses are a great chance to learn something new and support your family. They are designed for parents, carers or grandparents of school age children.

What is Family Learning?

Family Learning supports the wellbeing and development of families and children from Early Years Foundation stage right through to Key Stage 3. We offer a range of courses, including Autism Awareness, Understanding Your Child’s Behaviour, and Supporting your Child’s Mental Health.

Our courses are designed to support the learning and wellbeing of not just the child but the whole family. It has long been recognised that achievement by parents and carers often has the effect of raising aspirations across the whole family and can greatly help the development of children.

We work in partnership with Schools, Children’s Centres, Housing Associations and similar community groups to design bespoke, needs led community provision. Please contact us If you are an organisation who would like to work with us.

During the school holidays, we also offer free workshops as part of the Healthy Activities and Food programme, (HAF) to help support you and your child. Find out more here.

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How can a Family Learning course help me?

Our Family Learning courses help families in Dorset learn, develop, and thrive. Whether you want to support your child’s education, improve your parenting skills, or simply learn more about your child’s development, our courses can also boost wellbeing and support good mental health for the whole family. Our courses can also help you strengthen your parenting skills, learn something new together as a family, and connect with other parents and children.

What does a Family Learning course entail?

We offer a range of courses from those for parents who want to learn how to better support their child with courses such as, Autism Awareness, Understanding Your Child’s Behaviour, and Supporting your Child’s Mental Health and we also offer Creative courses which parents and children can attend together, the aim of these course is to help you better understand each other as a family and lead to more positive communication and interactions.

Why should I take a Family Learning course?

Family Learning courses can provide you with a wealth of knowledge and help you to gain skills that can help you support yourself and your family. If you are looking for a way to improve your wellbeing as a family, we highly recommend our courses.

How long is the course?

We offer courses that run for 3 weeks, 5 weeks and 8 weeks depending on the topic you choose to study with Family Learning. We also offer one day workshops.

How often do the Family Learning courses run?

We offer Family Learning courses all year round.

Enrolling on a Family Learning course could give you…

Improved family relationships

Taking time out for you and your family can help you better understand each other and lead to more positive communication and interactions. Find out about parenting and child development to better support you and your family’s needs.

New knowledge and achievement

Learn how you can support your child in their learning at school and at home, so that they can reach their full potential.

Increased feeling of wellbeing

Learning is a great way to boost your wellbeing and support good mental health. Family Learning in particular can help the wellbeing of the whole family.

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How do I enrol?

You can enrol for any of our courses in 2 ways:


Find a course and can click the ‘Enrol on this course’ button to be taken to an application form to enrol on the course.

By phone

Find a course and call us on 01202 123444. Please remember to check our opening hours first.

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