Introduction to Helping Your Child at School

Ref: C3672585

Introduction to Helping Your Child at School is a long established non-accredited course to introduce parents/carers to the school curriculum and how they can support learning at home. You will develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to support children’s learning at home or school, through a range of fun and practical activities.

Additional information about this course

Please contact Rose Farrar rfarrar@wea.org.uk 07880 565 459 to discuss your eligibility for the course and get the PIN to enrol

Course aim

To give students the background knowledge and confidence to become an effective parent helper in school and/or to help their children's learning in the home.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • It is for adults who are keen to learn about how children learn plus to possibly think about their own learning potential. It targets adults with below L2 qualifications / in receipt of benefits/ health/mental health issues/ disability

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify 3 ways children can develop their learning through play.
  • List 3 practical strategies to support children's development in English.
  • List 3 practical strategies to support children's development in maths.
  • List 3 practical strategies to support children's development in science.
  • List 3 practical strategies for encouraging children's social, emotional and behavioural development.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • The course includes discussion and practical activities as well as encouragement to try out the ideas learnt in class with your children at home.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Extra resources from home help the activities you make in class more personal to your family .

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • It is hoped that students will gain confidence and take new knowledge, skills & motivation to move onto , if appropriate , L2 / Functional skills in English and maths plus possibly the WEA Volunteers Helping in Schools course.

Download full course outline

Introduction to Helping Your Child at School Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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