Free Support Sessions for Parents

The Early Years Alliance is offering a number of exciting programmes aimed at supporting parents and families with children aged 0-5. Each programme is FREE to join and sessions will take place online.

Details on how to book can be found below and on the Early Years website here.

Let’s get ready for school

A three-week virtual Zoom programme for children due to start school in September 2021. Each session will last 30 minutes and there will be one session per week:

  • Week 1 – independence
  • Week 2 – fingers and tools
  • Week 3 – my first day at school

Dates and times

Programme 1
13th – 27th of July
4.00pm – 5.00pmBook here

Programme 2
19th August – 2nd of September
9.30am – 10.30amBook here

Let’s learn together at home

A six-week virtual family learning course in supporting children’s learning and development in the home environment 

  • Week 1 – an Introduction to supporting home learning 
  • Week 2 – making music with the kitchen band 
  • Week 3 – creating awe and wonder through science 
  • Week 4 – promoting emotional wellbeing 
  • Week 5 – no garden gardening  
  • Week 6 – physical fun

Dates and times

Programme 1
7th June – 12th of July
1.00pm – 2.00pmBook here

Programme 2
9th June – 14th of July
10.00am – 11.00amBook here

Parent connect sessions

An opportunity to connect with other parents and carers, learn about topics relevant to families with children aged 0-5 years, and share ideas in how to support each other.

Supporting children’s emotional wellbeing

Help your child to recognise their emotions and explore with us ideas for how you can support children’s positive emotional wellbeing.Thursday 10th June: 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Let’s talk about behaviour

In this session we try to define behaviour and look to delve into some of the influences and functions of children’s behaviour. Finally, we round things up with a discussion around addressing some behaviour concerns.Thursday 17th June: 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Supporting your child’s speech and language development

In this session we explore the importance of speech and language development and how you can support communication.Thursday 24th June: 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Process over product

 ‘It’s not the destination, it’s the glory of the ride’ Join us as we explore what this means for children in their play.Thursday 1st July – 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Outside fun

To explore and discuss activities and ideas for outdoor play, and to learn about the many benefits that this has for childrenThursday 8th July: 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Five ways to wellbeing

This session includes simple exercises and ideas that can be used by families as well as ideas families can go on to use to further support their mental health and wellbeing.Thursday 15th July – 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Importance of play

Together we consider what play is, explore play-based learning and take a closer look at how play shaped our own childhoods.Thursday 22nd July: 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Free Business and Employment Courses

Hounslow Adult and Community Education are running various free online course that can help individuals to prepare for work, find work or improve their career prospects

These courses are beginning in June and last from 1 week to 6 weeks. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Advanced Course in Online Selling
  • Advanced Course in Digital Marketing
  • Turn Your Idea (or Hobby) Into a Business
  • Create a Business Website Easily (No Coding Skills Required)
  • Grow Your Business Through Online Advertising
  • Into Work- CV, Cover Letter and Interview Skills
  • Introduction to Business Administration

Please ask the interested individuals to contact Hounslow Adult and Community Education on 020 8583 6000 or visit for more details.

Free Family Activities over Half Term

As restrictions are now being relaxed, Let’s Go Outside & Learn CIC have shared details of a series of free activities that have been planned at Donkey Wood, Feltham TW14 0HD . They are currently open for bookings and are seeking your assistance to promote the activity. They require participants to let them know in advance so that they can make the sessions as safe as possible. 

They have also planned a special activity for the kitchen garden at Chiswick House on 3rd June 2021 from 10:30am to 12:00pm. They are only able to register 10 families for this activity so suggest families let them know as soon as possible if they would like to attend.

Kids Matter Parenting Programme

Research has shown that the most effective, early intervention to help children is group based parenting programmes. Kids Matter charity engages local churches to provide highly effective parenting programmes which equip parents and carers in the community who are facing disadvantages with confidence, competence and community, enabling their children to thrive. 

The programme is meant for parents and carers of children aged 0-10 and lasts for 6 weeks. It usually consists of small groups of 4-8 parents and is led by someone from the local community working together with their user-friendly & evidence-informed booklets. The sessions are planned as follows

  • Taster – Come and see what it’s like to be a Kids Matter Group
  • Session 1 – Being a strong family 
  • Session 2 – Loving our children well 
  • Session 3 – Play, encouragement and listening 
  • Session 4 – Routines, choices and rewards 
  • Session 5 – Family rules and consequences 
  • Session 6 – The bigger picture 
  • Booster – Checking in 3 months later

Free breakfast and crèche facilities will be provided at every session

The next Kids Matter Taster session will be on 7th June 2021 at 9:30 am at St Mary’s Church, Worton Road, Isleworth TW7 6ER.

To book your place contact Rachel on 07939 472323 or

COVID-19 Policy

This COVID-19 policy details COVID-19 arrangements for Safeguarding and Child Protection at St. Mary’s Osterley Playgroup. This Policy addendum is effective from February 2021 and will be reviewed regularly.   Download in pdf


This addendum of the St. Mary’s Osterley Playgroup Safeguarding, and Child Protection policy contains details of our individual safeguarding arrangements in the following areas:

Content Table

Context 2

Key contacts. 3

Vulnerable children. 3

Attendance monitoring. 4

Designated Safeguarding Lead. 4

Reporting a concern. 5

Safeguarding Training and induction. 5

Safer recruitment 5

Supporting children who are not attending. 5

Considerations for closure of our early years provision. 6

Recording confirmed coronavirus cases. 6

Managing confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the setting. 6

Notify Ofsted. 7

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