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The Early Years Alliance is the largest and most representative early years membership organisation in England. As a registered educational charity, it represents 14,000 members and supports them to deliver care and learning to over 800,000 families every year.
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.
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
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
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.
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 June2021 at 9:30 am at St Mary’s Church, Worton Road, Isleworth TW7 6ER.
This COVID-19policy 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
We recently held playgroup’s Annual General Meeting online. Below is a summary of the year and the full year end report and accounts can be downloaded (pdf). If you would like to find out more about becoming a trustee please get in touch.
After we had locked down on 20/03/2020, I was so happy to be able to reopen playgroup on 01/06/2020. Thank you to Joanne who had lots of paperwork to complete, COVID guidance and extensive risk assessment which all had to be sorted before we could open. We then had to convince the Church to open the hall and that we could operate safely. This involved a lot of emailing (by Joanne) and the waiting for responses from the Vicar and Warden. We filled the long risk assessment which the Vicar had to be involved in and the church produced another risk assessment and both risk assessments had to be agreed on before we could reopen.
The staff needed to be convinced into coming back as well. On the 27/05/2020 Joanne and myself met with the staff in the garden at the hall. They were not happy but in the end all agreed to come in on June 1st 2020. Thank you to all the staff for their dedication to opening up for the children whose parents wanted them to come back. Joanne emailed all the parents to let them know about the reopening and the response was slow and a few did not respond at all, but in the end all the children were invited to come back. We did open with strict COVID safety measures in place and we successfully stayed open until the Summer holidays. We averaged around 11 children per day and even stayed open for lunch with around 5 children attending.
Hounslow Adult and Community Education (HACE)provide a wide range of courses to help adults discover their full potential. Breaking through learning barriers, we continue to offer an extensive range of great online learning opportunities for you.
Whether you are looking for personal development, how to support your child’s education, improve your health and well-being or seeking to change your career prospects, we are confident that we have a course for you.
HACE are offering new Free Digital Skills courses they are offering for residents from January – all of which are online.
Essential Digital Skills – FREE Qualification course – Entry 3 and Level 1 – Initial Assessment required
Digital Skills for Employment courses on Saturdays
Keeping Yourself and Your Family Safe Online
Families who may be interested can call 020 8583 6000 or visit https://www.hace.ac.uk/ to book an assessment, enrol or simply find out more.