Family Learning

Family Learning courses at Sutton College

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.

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