If you are a parent or guardian, our family learning courses offer you the chance to learn alongside your children, from the age of 2 until they finish primary school.

All of our courses come with information and advice on possible next steps towards further learning or support into new or different employment.

Our courses are run in partnership with children’s centres, schools and community centres across Hertfordshire. Please contact us for more information about opportunities in your area.

Interested in hosting our family learning courses?

Please contact us and we will work in partnership with you to:

• Plan which courses we can offer in your area and to whom

• Assist with bookings and all the necessary paperwork

• Market and promote courses

• Deliver a course to any particular focus you may have

• Review courses and help families progress.

Early Years courses

We offer the following courses for adults with their children aged between 2-5 years old aimed at helping you and your child to learn together. All courses run for 10 hours.

Children's Centres (for children aged 1 - 3)

Early Years Experiences

Sessions based around the Early Years foundation Stage goals. Includes craft activities, rhymes, songs and stories.

Start to Read and Write

Ideas and activities to promote communication, language skills and early reading and writing.

Counting Matters

Ideas and activities to promote language of maths, early counting, shapes and measures.

Primary schools (for children aged 4 - 5)

Early Years Maths

Ideas and activities to illustrate learning in the Foundation Stage, including play, crafts, early counting, shapes and measures.

Early Years English

Ideas and activities to illustrate learning in the Foundation Stage, including play, craft, rhymes, stories and songs.

Primary School Years courses

The following courses are for adults and their children in Reception and Key Stages 1 and 2, aimed at helping you and your child to learn together.

Creative Crafts (10 hours)

Explore a wide range of arts and crafts – learn a new technique or use new materials. A brilliant way to engage families in learning together. This course is themed to include seasonal and festive crafts.

Storytelling (10 hours)

Learn together, support your child’s reading skills, and explore different ways of telling and reading stories to make them fun and interesting. Story telling using art, crafts and re-enacting.

Inspire to Write (10 hours)

With the support of a published author, develop confidence in helping your child’s literacy skills by exploring the world of short story and poetry writing.

Story sacks/ Story boxes (10 hours)

A great way to inspire families with learning through stories. Develop reading, writing and listening skills and work with your child to create activities related to a favourite children’s story.

Creative Writing (10 hours)

A chance to learn a range of different techniques to help inspire your creative writing using a range of themes.

Family English (10 hours)

Ideas and activities for supporting your child with reading, writing, phonics, speaking and listening.

Family English - longer course (20 hours)

Extended course which covers further areas such as spelling, grammar, punctuation and types of text.

Family Language - ESOL (10 hours)

Ideas and activities for supporting your child with reading, writing, phonics, speaking and listening but for speakers for whom English is not their first language.

Family Language longer course - ESOL (20 hours)

Extended course which covers further areas such as spelling, grammar, punctuation and types of text but for speakers for whom English is not their first language.

Family Maths (10 hours)

Ideas and activities for supporting your child with a small selection of maths topics, such as numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and shapes and measurements.

Family Maths – longer course (20 hours)

Extended course which covers additional areas selected in partnership with learners.

For a list of live courses and to search for a course near you, please use our course finder, contact HAFLS on 01992 556194 or use our online contact form.