Families Matter Bitesize E-bulletin - November 2021 School application advice, parenting toddlers to teenagers support and reducing family conflict

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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 together.

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

1. Nursery

Need support applying for a nursery or Reception school place for September 2022?

To support families with the nursery and Reception school application process, the Transition Support Service in partnership with Pupils Services are offering free online advice sessions.

For more details email the Transition Support Service or call 020 7364 1533.

Reception application advice session

  • Wednesday 1 December, 10am

Reception application deadline:  Saturday 15 January 2022. 

Nursery application advice sessions

  • Monday 29 November, 6 pm
  • Wednesday 8 December, 1pm

Nursery application deadline: Wednesday 16 February 2022

Book your Reception and Nursery advice session here >

School admissions information >

2. Young Children Mug

Are you a parent of young children?

Having young children can be exhausting and you may be unsure of the best way to encourage good behaviour. Join these upcoming discussion groups for parents with children aged two to 11 years. You’ll pick up some simple strategies you can start using straight away to improve behaviour.

Encouraging Positive Behaviour

Friday 26 November

Managing Fighting and Aggression

Friday 10 December

Sessions are delivered in person at an E2 location from 10am - 12.30pm.

More details email parenting@towerhamlets.gov.uk

3. Shoes Teenagers

Do you have teenage children?

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

Join a special Triple P parent discussion group - ‘Getting Teens to Co-operate’. You’ll be able to share your experiences with other parents and pick up some essential family survival tips! 

Getting Teens to Co-operate

Wednesday 8 December, 10am - 12.20pm

Delivered online through Zoom

For more details email parenting@towerhamlets.gov.uk

4. Covid Blue Top Vaccine

Covid-19 vaccination for 12 to 15-year-olds: Community clinic bookings

This autumn, children aged 12 to 15 years have been offered Covid-19 vaccine. This was done initially through schools, but if your child missed the vaccination clinic, there are other opportunities for them to get vaccinated in a local community clinic.

You can book here or call the Tower Hamlets helpline on 020 7364 3030 for support.

The Somali Parent and Carers Network meeting on Tuesday 7 December, 11am – 1pm will also provide an opportunity for Somali parents to meet Public Health and discuss the vaccination programme for children aged 12-15 years.  Email the Parental Engagement Team for more information or to book your space.

More vaccination information here >


5. Books

Book chat for families

The Idea Store have weekly, online ‘Book Chat’ sessions that bring families together over a love of books.

The sessions, held every Thursday from 4 - 5pm, are suitable for children aged 5 - 11 years old. You’ll hear stories, poems and jokes while discovering all things new at the Idea Store!

More details here >

6. Family Conflict

Tired of family conflict?

Being part of a family is not easy and conflict is a normal part of family life. But if the constant arguments are getting you down and you’d like to discover ways to de-escalate family tensions, there is a parent discussion group to help.

The ‘Reducing Family Conflict’ discussion group will give you a chance to share your experiences with other parents and pick up some useful tips that will help reduce conflict.

Reducing Family Conflict

Tuesday 13 December, 11am - 1.30pm

Delivered in person at an E1 location

For more details and to book your place email parenting@towerhamlets.gov.uk 

7. Emotional Literacy

Platform to Talk- Emotional Literacy

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

December’s Platform to Talk will explore the theme of emotional literacy. You will discover ways that you can help nurture emotional resilience in your child, so that they become better at recognising their feelings and managing their emotions.

Platform to Talk - Emotional Literacy

Friday 10 December, 10am - 11am

Delivered online through Zoom

Joining details here >

8. Career Prospects Laptop

Improve your career prospects for the new year

As part of the government’s effort to re-skill the nation, City Lit are offering a range of business, technology and communication courses for free. You can join their ‘Skills for Work’ courses if one of the following applies to you:

  • live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy
  • are on Jobseekers' Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance 
  • receive other state benefits 
  • are on a low wage

Free courses here >

Gender Based Violence

Help prevent violence against women and girls

Tower Hamlets council is committed to working with statutory and community organisations to prevent violence against women and girls.

Please find the calendar of events towards the international campaign ‘16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence’ beginning on 25 November until 10 December.

Events include free self-defence workshops and advice sessions to support victims of domestic abuse.  There is also more information about this year’s White Ribbon campaign.

  • If you are a victim of domestic abuse, you can access support locally through Solace on 020 3795 5064. 
  • If you are worried about how you are treating your partner or family member, you can access support through the Respect helpline on 0808 802 4040

Get involved >

local offer


The Family Information Service operates a telephone and email helpline from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm on 020 7364 6495. 

You can also visit the Local Offer website to find useful resources, advice, support, information, and activities for children, young people and families, including support with childcare options.

Local Offer 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.

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