Prefer to talk to a member of the Family Learning Team?

You can call this number Monday to Friday between 9am - 4pm to talk to a member of the Family Learning team if you would like more information about our joining one of our courses.

Who are we?

Family Learning is part of Birmingham Adult Education Service. We are funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority and provide high quality, tailor made FREE courses to the local community.

What do we do?

We deliver FREE courses across Birmingham in Schools, nurseries, children’s centres, libraries and community venues. We offer a variety of courses that enable parents and children to learn new skills and knowledge together. We aim to help parents to improve their own skills and knowledge to support their children’s learning at home and at school.

Courses available

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This free learning package provides an opportunity for adults and children to work together to understand the importance of positive mental wellbeing. 

The course offered within this package is:

  1. Bounce Back

What will parents / carers / children learn?

  • Explore strategies in managing anxieties
  • Develop simple strategies to support emotional resilience

To find out more about this course please contact a member of the Family Learning Team

(between 9am-4pm) or email 

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This free learning package provides opportunities for adults and children to work together to learn new creative techniques and skills that can be replicated at home.

The courses offered within this package are:

  • Jewellery making
  • Arts and crafts
  • Clay work
  • Creative stiches
  • Waste not, want not (upcycling)
  • Paper craft

What will parents / carers / children learn?

  1. Simple techniques and methods to create a variety of objects
  2. Understand how different materials can be used to explore their creativity

To find out more about these courses please contact a member of the Family Learning Team

(between 9am-4pm) or email 

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This free learning package will help to raise awareness of digital safety and basic IT skills for parents. 

The courses offered within this package are:

  • Introduction to Digital Families
  • Digital Skills –Beginners
  • Digital skills –Improvers

What will parents/carers/children learn?

  1. Improve computer and digital literacy.
  2. Improve social and life skills.
  3. Understand the importance of keeping safe online.

To find out more about these courses please contact a member of the Family Learning Team

(between 9am-4pm) or email 

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This free learning package provides parents with a variety of parenting strategies to support their children in all areas of their development.

The courses within this package are:

  • Time to Talk
  • Is my child School ready?
  • Learning through play
  • Pro-Active Parenting

What will parents/carers/children learn?

  • Develop positive and effective communication with their children.
  • Explore the everyday life skills children need to have developed when starting school.
  • The educational value of play
  • Develop positive parenting strategies

To find out more about these courses please contact a member of the Family Learning Team

(between 9am-4pm) or email 

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This free learning package aims to equip parents and build on their confidence in basic English skills through reading, writing, speaking and listening activities.

The courses within this learning package are:

  • Survival English
  • Empowering English
  • Pre-Entry ESOL bridging

What will parents/carers/children learn?

  1. Knowledge of basic English skills that are needed for everyday life in the UK.
  2. Develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the English language.

To find out more about these courses please contact a member of the Family Learning Team

(between 9am-4pm) or email 

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This free course is for parents/carers/young people who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse. It is also open to individuals who have started a new relationship.

What will parents/carers/young people learn?

  1. The aspects of a healthy relationship
  2. Strategies to build confidence & self-esteem

To find out more about this course please contact a member of the Family Learning Team

(between 9am-4pm) or email 

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This free learning package raises awareness of developing healthy lifestyles. Parents are provided with factual information and strategies to enable them to make informed choices about developing a healthy lifestyle.

The courses within this learning package are:

  • Kids on Track
  • Waste not Want not
  • Healthy Eating
  • Sow & Grow
  • Movers & Shakers

What will parents / carers / children learn?

Raise parents’ motivation and ability to help their children to make healthy food choices to overcome obesity

  1. How to create exercise routines to maintain a healthy lifestyle
  2. Explore variety of ways to grow their own fruit and vegetables

To find out more about these courses please contact a member of the Family Learning Team

(between 9am-4pm) or email 

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This FREE learning package, empowers parents with the knowledge and skills to support their children with schoolwork and homework.

These are the courses available within this package;

  • Smart Spenders
  • Magic Maths
  • Storytelling
  • Phonics

What will parents / carers / children learn?

  1. Understand what financial literacy is and why it is important.
  2. Understanding the Mathematical techniques used in their child’s school.
  3. Develop an understanding of the importance of reading and exploring stories together.
  4. Spelling rules, tricky words and high frequency words

To find out more about these courses please contact a member of the Family Learning Team

(between 9am-4pm) or email 

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This free OCN qualification is to help schools improve engagement of ‘hard to reach’ parents. This course will enable schools to support isolated groups in the school community leading to better outcomes for children. 

What will parents / carers learn?

  • Understand the barriers that some parents have when communicating with their child’s school
  • Explore strategies to support parents with literacy and language barriers
  • Provide a voice for parents who may lack confidence to speak to school staff
  • Support at parents evenings

To find out more about this course please contact a member of the Family Learning Team

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How do we do it?

Our courses are designed to support parents and carers who may be isolated, lack confidence or stressed. Family Learning provide opportunities for parents to learn at their own pace and in partnership with their children. Our courses help families to re-engage with their community, make friends, further their learning and possibly gain employment.

Family Learning provides an opportunity for parents and children to learn and work together. A shared time with no distractions; just families learning and having fun together! We provide a chance to create memories develop skills and rekindle new interests. A ‘learning family’ encourages and enthuses, raises aspirations and helps to promote lifelong learning.

How do we work with your organisation?

Our vibrant team work with you to identify and meet the learning needs and aspirations of your families as well as the goals of your organisation.

We provide a wide range of interesting and accessible classes where adults can learn alongside their children. We also provide adult only classes which develop specific skills like learning English, floristry, parenting and much more.

Children and adults are awarded a certificate of achievement at the end of their course.

Group size, length of courses and patterns of delivery
Group sizes can be from 8-12 adults. For face-to-face learning, each adult can bring one child. We also offer distance-learning courses whereby adults can support more than one child.

All courses are 6 weeks long and are delivered at the school/organisation venue or via distance learning. A 6 week long commitment is required from the learners.

What do we need from you?

As all courses are FREE all we need for from you is to provide the venue, publicise our courses and recruit families to join the programmes.

We will provide exceptional and skilled tutors, resources and targeted courses, which develop life-long skills and aim to close the achievement gap.

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