Families Matter Bitesize E-bulletin: September 2022 - Half term holiday childcare, internet safety and parenting support

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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.

Secondary School

Do you have a child starting secondary school in 2023? Information sessions for parents

To support families with the secondary school application and transfer process, the Transition Support Service are holding advice sessions for Year 6 parents and carers. The sessions will be delivered online through Zoom on the following dates:

  • Friday 30 September at 11am
  • Tuesday 4 October at 11am
  • Wednesday 5 October at 6pm
  • Monday 10 October at 1pm
  • Friday 14 October at 11am
  • Tuesday 18 October at 6pm
  • Friday 21 October at 11am

Register here >


Need childcare over the October half term holiday?

The Tower Hamlets Holiday Childcare Scheme is Ofsted registered and provides childcare for children aged three to 13 years old.

The next scheme will take place during the October half term (Monday 24 October - Friday 28 October) at:

St Anne’s and Guardian Angels Catholic Primary School

Underwood Road

Whitechapel, E1 5AW

Advanced booking to secure places is required.

Book here >


Do you need support with co-parenting?

Separation and divorce can cause tensions in family relationships, but with the right support, it is possible to co-parent successfully with ex-partners. The six-week ‘Triple P Family Transitions’ programme helps separated parents manage conflict and develop a co-operative approach to parenting.  

Triple P - Family Transitions

Wednesdays, 2 November - 7 December, 10am - 12.30pm

Delivered in person in the E1 area

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

Strong Identities

Building strong identities

To mark Black History Month, October’s Platform to Talk session will explore the importance of belonging, culture and identity. Join the conversation and discover how these elements can really enrich your child’s learning and self-esteem.

Platform to Talk- Building Strong Identities

Friday 7 October, 10 - 11am

Delivered online through Zoom

Register here >


Online safety session for parents

The internet is a fantastic resource that opens up a world of possibilities, but do you feel out of touch with your child’s online world or worry about online dangers?  Join this ‘Keeping Children Safe Online’ session and pick up some useful tips to help keep children safe.

Keeping Children Safe Online

Thursday 6 October, 10am - 12pm

Delivered online through Zoom

Book here > 

Rich Mix Bookswap

Children’s Bookswap at Rich Mix – Autumn 2022

Ahead of October half term, visit the upcoming Rich Mix Bookswap event to get some free pre-loved books for holiday reading!

Simply take your pre-loved books and swap them for a brand-new adventure. You can attend even if you don’t have books to swap – there will be plenty to share.

Rich Mix

35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA

Sunday 23 October, 10am – 1pm

More details here >


Online parent support network

Parents who complete a parenting programme may still benefit from additional support and a safe space to share their experiences with other parents.

The Parenting Team have an online support group just for this. Parents will have a chance to meet other parents, boost their wellbeing and learn even more parenting strategies.

Parent Support Network

Tuesday 18 October, 10am - 12pm

Delivered online through Zoom

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


Do you have teenage children?

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

Join this nine-week programme created for parents of teenaged children. You will have the chance to meet other parents, share experiences and pick up some essential family survival tips!

Triple P Teen parenting programme

Wednesdays, 5 October - 7 December, 10am - 12.30pm

Delivered in person in the E3 area

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


Sound Play for children under five, with City of London Sinfonia

This autumn, musicians from City of London Sinfonia will be joining stay and play sessions at Mile End and Isle of Dogs Children and Family Centres.

Through inclusive and engaging interactions with musicians, children and parents will be able to experience classical instruments and live music at their own pace and join in with music making in their own way.

Find out more >


Families Matter Magazine – Autumn 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 volunteering opportunities for parents, internet safety and a range of parenting support and advice.  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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