Families Matter Bitesize E-bulletin - September 2021, October Half Term Holiday Childcare Scheme, Children’s Vaccination Programme and EHCP Workshops

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

FM E-Bulletin

Welcome to your monthly Families Matter e bulletin from the Parent and Family Support Service.

Being a parent or carer is not easy. Each month we share information, advice, and opportunities for you to join our networks, support groups or parenting sessions. Read on to find out how you can connect with other parents and carers, share your experiences and learn.

To find out more about the Parent and Family Support Service and access our termly Families Matter magazine visit our website.


Holiday Childcare Scheme - book for October half term

The Tower Hamlets Holiday Childcare Scheme offers play provision for children aged 3-13 years. The October scheme will be held at St Mary and St Michael Primary School from Monday 25 October - Friday 29 October 2021.

Book your child’s place >


Children’s vaccination programme webinars for parents

The Covid-19 vaccination programme for all 12- 15 year olds will be rolled out in Tower Hamlets over the coming months. Join these parent webinars, delivered through Zoom, to find out more about the programme and ask any questions you may have.

Tuesday 5 October, 1pm - 2pm Join here
Thursday 14 October, 9.30am - 10.30am Join here
Thursday 21 October, 6pm - 7pm Join here
Wednesday 27 October, 1pm- 2pm Join here

Passcode for all webinars: parents


Education, Health and Care Plan workshops for parents

The Tower Hamlets and City SEND Information, Advice and Support Service are offering free workshops for parents to provide key information about the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) process. The first workshop will explore what an EHCP is, its purpose as well as features of a good EHC plan. The second workshop will look at what should happen before, during and after an Annual Review as well as ways to ensure an EHCP is ready for transferring to secondary school.

Education, Health and Care Plan workshop
Friday 8 October
10am - 1pm

Annual Review workshop
Friday October 22
10am -12pm

Parents Advice Centre, E1 5NP
For more information or to book your place
Email: towerhamlets&city.sendiass@towerhamlets.gov.uk
Tel: 020 7364 6489

Secondary transfer

Secondary transfer online advice sessions

Parents need reliable information to help them make informed decisions about their child’s future. To support families with the secondary transfer process, Pupil Services and the Transition Support Service are holding online advice sessions in October.  

Tuesday 5 October, 10am
Friday 8 October 10am
Monday 11 October, 6pm
Thursday 14 October, 1pm
Tuesday 19 October, 10am
Thursday 21 October, 10am

Book your place >

Black History Month

Reading inspiration for Black History Month

October is Black History Month and books can play a vital role in helping make sense of the past. Author Catherine Johnson has teamed up with the Book Trust to share her all time favourite Black History books that will educate and inspire.

Get inspired >

Platform to Talk

Platform to Talk- Building Strong identities

These discussion-based virtual sessions provide a safe space for parents to come together, share their experiences and get reliable information. 

To correspond with Black History Month, the October Platform to Talk celebrates diversity with a special session called ‘Building strong Identities’. The session will explore ideas of identity and culture and how they can contribute to a child’s sense of self- worth. There will be opportunities for parents to share their own experiences as well as pick up some useful ideas on how to develop children’s interest in and respect for different cultures and identities.

Platform to Talk- Building Strong Identities
Friday 8 October
10am - 11am
Delivered through Zoom

Joining details here >

Somali Parent Network

The Somali Parents and Carers Network  

The Somali Parents and Carers Network meet once a month either virtually or at different locations in the borough. The network provides a safe space for parents to share experiences relating to education, parenting and safeguarding.   

The next virtual meeting will be on the theme of internet safety and will explore ways parents can keep their children safe while online.

The Somali Parents and Carers Network – Keeping Children Safe Online
Tuesday 5 October
11am - 1pm
Delivered through Zoom

Joining details here >

Triple P Teen

Do you have teenage children?

Would you like to develop a positive relationship with your teenager and discover ways to encourage good behaviour?

Join our Triple P parenting programme – meet other parents and pick up some essential family survival tips!

Triple P Teen
Mondays until 22 Nov
10am - 12:30pm

For more details or to join
Email parenting@towerhamlets.gov.uk
Tel: 020 7364 6398

Parent and Carers Council

Parent and Carer Council

Parents and carers are welcome to come along to the Parent and Carer Council, listen to other parents and key speakers and give their views about services that are available to parents in the borough. It’s a great way to get involved with local consultations, help identify gaps in support for families and discuss national issues that affect parents locally.

The next Parent and Carers Council meeting will be on:

16 October
10.30am - 1.30pm
Delivered online through Zoom

Join here >

Family Learning

Family Learning Festival 2021

Learning as a family helps parents to re-connect with learning and children to develop the skills they need to excel at school. This year’s Family Learning Festival takes place on 16 - 31 October and the theme is play, imagine, learn.

The festival hopes to bring families together and inspire a love of learning through imaginative play.

Get ideas here >

Thank you for reading

The Parent and Family Support Service offer information, advice and support services in partnership with schools and community venues and most recently due to the Coronavirus our services are available online through webinars, virtual meetings and forums.

If you like this e-bulletin please share on social media, through community networks or your school website using the following share button, or you can click the hyperlink in the top right corner of this email. 

Bookmark and Share