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Family Learning is a great way for families to enjoy learning together. There are over 100 Family Learning courses held in community centres, schools, colleges, libraries and places of worship all over Wandsworth. The courses include:

  • Wider Family Learning - Practical and fun for all the family including baby and toddler massage, gardening, healthy eating, pottery, drama, football, computer, photography and much more.
  • Keeping Up With the Children - Courses on how families can help their children learn at school.
  • Family Functional Skills - Longer courses to help to improve skills in reading, writing, maths and ESOL (Speaking English as a Second Language). Some courses lead to qualifications. See our Community Learning page for more information or contact the number below.
  • Parenting courses - Essential for parents or anyone thinking of becoming one. A very popular course!

For more information on Family Learning courses take a look at our latest Family Learning Programme and Newsletter (PDF), or for further information on Wandsworth Family Information Services go to

for further Family Learning information click here.

Case Studies

Teagan (6 years old) Speaks About Family Learning

Sacred Heart School in Battersea ran a Keeping Up with the Children (literacy) course for two sessions a week. Once a week the children of those attending came into the classs to work with their parents. We spoke to six-year-old teagan Dixon Walters about what she thought about it all.
"In the family learning we read books and we did loads of words like the,at, go - the golden words. We had to make sentences - that was my favourite. i liked reading GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS as well. I liked it because my mummy was helping me. I liked my mum being in the school because everyone was saying: "look your mum's in the school." It made me happy and I like school. It helped me in my work because I learnt new words. Now I do all my maths and my spellings and my reading with my mum. the family learning helped with that. My mum has gone on a course on Wednesdays and Thursdays - she's learning stuff and she's trying to get the maths right. She's working in the school now. When i grow up I want to vbe a dentist becuase then I can help children with their teeth."


Dads Sowing & Growing Workshop  -  Gareth Granville

Gareth is a 26 year old father of one. Gareth became a dad at the age of 23 and although he felt he was not ready to be a dad, he was adamant he would make a difference in his son’s life. Gareth is no longer in a relationship with his son’s mother but continues to be a role model in his son’s life. Gareth has his son Fri-Sunday every week.

Gareth was introduced to the Dads Sowing & Growing workshop by his mother. Initially he found it quite daunting and felt he may be singled out as he was a young father and just beginning to understand what being a father was all about. Nathaniel is an active 3 year old and interacting with him was becoming a challenge for Gareth. Gareth wanted a focused, educational environment that both he and Nathaniel could attend. Gareth attended the Dads Sowing & Growing workshop run by Family Learning and found it was encouraging & interactive for him and his son. The other dad’s and tutor were also welcoming & understanding. Gareth has also discovered different techniques so he can interact with his son and continues to attend other courses to enable him to continue his role as a father and tutor to his son.

Gareth says ‘If it hadn’t been for this course and the subsequent courses I have attended the stability I was looking for Nathaniel would be non existent. Nathaniel and I have developed new techniques and our bonding sessions are really fulfilling. We continue to nurture and watch our bulbs grow much the same way I do with Nathaniel!

Thank you Wandsworth Family Learning & Franciscan Children’s Centre


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