Family and Community Learning

This department offers courses for families and for communities / community groups


If you are a parent or carer of pre-school or school-age children, Family Learning is for you!

Sutton College’s Family Learning Programme is delivered by highly experienced tutors, in schools, children’s centres, libraries and parent support groups, as well as in our main centres.

Our free and low-cost courses and workshops offer families the opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge, support their children’s learning, meet other families and enjoy their time together!  Parents and carers are also offered progression information and, by request, confidential advice and guidance to plan their future learning and work.

Sutton College has developed excellent partnerships within the community. In schools and children’s centres, courses are designed to help parents and carers build school readiness and understand the curriculum.  Topics may include supporting reading, phonics, how to encourage writing, child led play and mental arithmetic strategies. Building confidence, developing skills and extending knowledge are all part of the fun.

St Elpheges Catholic School: ‘Rhyme, Make and Play’ course evaluation

‘The parents enjoyed the course and they learned how to use rhymes and stories to teach phonics and develop play through arts and crafts. She is a very talented and skilled teacher. The parents and the children enjoyed every bit of her activities’.

We are also developing a range of workshops exclusively for parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs and disabilities.

To enrol on Family Learning courses, call Sutton centre on 020 8289 4700 or Wallington Centre on 020 8773 5880

 If you would like your school or community venue to offer a free family course, please email the Family Learning Team:;

 Courses include:

  • Little Learners: English & Maths
  • Steps to Pre-School/Nursery
  • Help your child learn: English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • Keeping Up with the Children – English
  • Keeping Up with the Children – Maths
  • Family Resilience
  • Improve your employability skills
  • Understanding children’s behaviour
  • Rhyme, make and Play
  • Djembe Drumming
  • Family Pottery
  • Creative Strategies for Fussy Eaters
  • Family First Aid

If you have attended a Family Learning Course, please complete the Family Learning Evaluation Form to help us monitor and improve our offering.

Family Learning courses at Sutton College


Sutton College would like to offer you the opportunity to apply for one (or more!) of our exciting low cost courses and workshops.

Our target group is London Borough of Sutton residents and our aim is to encourage and develop enjoyable learning, achievement and progression for adults in Sutton. In particular, those who are most in need and/or have had the least opportunity to take part in learning activities and access a wide range of learning opportunities which will enhance their life in many different ways.

We can arrange courses to meet your needs in the following areas:

  • Physical Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Digital Inclusion
  • Social Cohesion
  • Steps to Employability
  • First Steps Engagement
  • Family Learning

In order to keep these learning opportunities as affordable as possible, we can run the courses at your venue if it is suitable for the activity selected.

We have provided or worked with partners on courses such as:

  • Art for women who have experienced Domestic Violence
  • Disability Tennis
  • Art for those living with Dementia
  • Gentle Exercise for those living with Dementia

If you are interested in becoming one of our community learning partners, please complete the Community Learning Partner Enquiry Form.

If you have worked on a community learning partnership with us, please complete the Partner Evaluation Form to help us monitor and improve our offering.



We are seeking to support projects and ways of working that can provide people with their ‘first step’ into learning, increased confidence and motivation and an ability to access further learning opportunities. It is widely recognised that the community and voluntary sector can provide some of the most innovative ways of providing learning opportunities to groups that have traditionally been hard to engage and we are hoping to partner with this sector to put on some exciting new learning programmes.

Sutton College may be able to help by offering community groups the opportunity to bid for funding to help run activities that meet the Greater London Authority and the Education and Skills Funding Agency targets including: first steps engagement, employability, social cohesion, mental and physical wellbeing and digital inclusion.

We are especially interested in supporting projects concerned with helping our community back into employment after the Covid-19 epidemic.

If you have a project you would like us to consider, please complete the Expression of Interest form in the first instance. You will then be invited to an online meeting where more information will be given.

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