Families Matter Bitesize E-bulletin: June 2022 - Childcare support, parent events and workshops

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

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, participate in family activities, 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.


Childcare for the summer holidays

The Tower Hamlets Holiday Childcare Scheme provides quality childcare for children aged 3 - 13 years old. The summer scheme will be at:

Malmesbury Primary School, Coborn Street, E3 2AB

Monday 25 July – Friday 19 August

Places are limited.  Bookings for the scheme have already opened for working parents. Bookings for non-working parents will open on Tuesday 5 July at 12 noon.

Find out if you can get help with childcare costs by visiting the government’s Childcare Choices website.

More information here >


Access to childcare – complete the survey

We're researching residents' experiences of accessing childcare for children of all ages (including older school aged children).

The survey will also ask for views on the impact of Covid-19 and arrangements for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Your voice is vital - the deadline has been extended until the end of July to allow more parents and carers to respond.  Please help by completing the survey by Friday 29 July.

You can also attend Saturday's Parent and Carer Council meeting (more information given later in the e-bulletin) to take part in an online focus group on this topic.

Complete the survey >


Parent Carer Council

Calling all parents… Join the upcoming Parent and Carer Council meeting

Parents and carers are welcome to come along to the Parent and Carer Council meeting, listen to other parents and key speakers and give their views about services that are available to parents in the borough.

The next Parent and Carer Council meeting will be on:

Saturday 2 July, 10.45am - 12.30pm

Delivered online through Zoom

Meet the Directors of the Education and Supporting Families divisions at the council, hear about the support available through the borough’s family hubs programme and share your views on accessing childcare locally.

Join here >

Positive Parenting

Positive parenting workshops

The Parenting Team have devised a collection of positive parenting sessions that are delivered either online or in person and are open to all parents and carers in Tower Hamlets. Upcoming sessions include:

  • Reducing family conflict, Wednesday 6 July at 10am (online)
  • Encouraging positive behaviour, Friday 8 July at 10am (in person)
  • Building teen survival skills, Wednesday 13 July at 10am (online)

Book and browse the collection here >

Healthy Snacks

Platform to Talk - Let’s talk about healthy snacks

Platform to Talk is a safe space for parents to come together, share their experiences and get reliable information. The sessions cover a range of topical issues including family life, parenting and health and wellbeing.

The next Platform to Talk will give you a chance to share your thoughts on eating habits and snacking. You’ll discover how by making small changes and swapping unhealthy snacks for healthier alternatives, you can make a real difference to your family’s health and wellbeing.

Platform to Talk - Let’s talk about healthy snacks

Friday 8 July, 10am - 11am

Delivered online through Zoom

Somali Parents and Carers Network

Join the Somali Parents and Carers Network

The network is a great way for you to meet with other Somali parents and share your experiences relating to education and parenting as well as hear from guest speakers on a range of topics.  The next meeting is on:

Tuesday 12 July, 11am - 1pm

Delivered online through Zoom

Book here >

Lets Talk SEND

Let’s Talk SEND Event - Preparing for adulthood

Join this informative session for parents, carers and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

You’ll also be updated on senior leaders’ plans following the SEND Local Area Inspection.

Let’s Talk SEND - Preparing for adulthood

Tuesday 5 July, 4.30pm - 6.30pm

Osmani Centre, 58 Underwood Road, E1 5AW

More details here >

Families Matter

Families Matter Magazine – Summer 2022

Alongside the monthly Families Matter e-bulletin, the Parent and Family Support Service also produces a termly magazine full of local and national information on services to support families.  

This term’s edition includes information on summer activities and the importance of play in children’s learning, development and wellbeing.  There is also information on the support available if you are worrying about money.

The latest edition is out now.

Families Matter Magazine > 

Thank you for reading

The Parent and Family Support Service offer information, advice and support services in partnership with schools and community venues.  Our services are also available online through webinars, virtual meetings and forums.

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