Families Matter Bitesize E-bulletin: October 2022 - Half term activities, school application help and parenting courses

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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.

Fun family activities this half term

Fun family activities this half term

Keep busy this half term week with fun activities for the whole family in our local parks and farms.

Halloweek returns - try your hand at apple bobbing, the unlucky dip and arts and crafts.

You can also check the Local Offer for half term family fun activity ideas too.

Half term fun here >

Applying for a nursery or Reception school place for September 2023?

Applying for a nursery or reception school place for September 2023?

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

Reception application advice sessions (children born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019):  Book here

  • Tuesday 15 November, 1pm
  • Wednesday 7 December, 6pm
  • Friday 13 January, 10am
  • Wednesday 1 February, 10am

Reception application deadline: Sunday 15 January 2023. 

Nursery application advice sessions (children born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020): Book here

  • Friday 18 November, 1pm
  • Monday 5 December, 6pm
  • Thursday 12 January, 10am
  • Tuesday 7 February, 10am

Nursery application deadline: Thursday 16 February 2023.

School applications advice >

Parenting for single parents

Parenting for single parents

Join this online session for single parents. You will have a chance to share your experience of parenting as a single parent with others, expand your support network and pick up some useful self-care tips.

Parenting for single parents

Thursday 3 November, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Delivered online, through Zoom

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

Stand up to bullying

Stand up to bullying

Join this online Platform to Talk session that links in with Anti-Bullying Week. You will become more aware about bullying and the effect it can have on children. You will pick up some useful tips on responding to bullying and discover ways we can help prevent it.

Platform to Talk - Stand up to bullying

Friday 11 November, 10 - 11am

Delivered online through Zoom

Register here >

Upcoming parenting courses

Upcoming parenting courses

There are still places available on these parenting courses that will be delivered in person in the E1 area:

  • Triple P Family Transitions

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

For parents who have separated from their partner and would like support working through this change while maintaining a positive environment for their children. 

Family Transitions is not a mediation programme and ex-partners are not expected to do the course together.  If both parents would like to do the course, they will be invited to attend separate groups.


  • Emotional First Aid

Wednesdays, 9 November – 14 December, 10am - 12.30pm 

This course helps parents explore their own feelings and gain an understanding of their own and their children’s emotional wellbeing.

To find out more or to book your place, email parenting@towerhamlets.gov.uk  

Parenting programmes here > 

Are you a parent of a child with SEND?

Join us for the upcoming Let’s Talk SEND information event

Parents and carers are invited to the upcoming ‘Let’s Talk SEND’ information event, with stalls and updates from services that support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Co-produced with the Tower Hamlets Independent SEND Parent Forum, hear an update on the borough’s SEND improvement journey and future plans.  You can also meet a range education, health and community service providers.

Let’s Talk SEND Information Event

Wednesday 9 November, 10.30am-1pm (with updates from senior leaders from 11am)

Brady Arts and Community Centre, 192-196 Hanbury Street, London, E1 5HU

Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, email parentalengagement@towerhamlets.gov.uk 

Big Draw 2022 – Colour Vision

Big Draw 2022 – Colour Vision

For this year’s Big Draw, Rich Mix and Art Hoppers invites families to get creative with colour mixing and lights!  The fantastic activities will help you explore the different ways your eyes see colour through filters, the way colours make you feel and the optical illusions we can make with contrasting colour combinations.

Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA

Sunday 30 October, 11am

Free, but ticketed

Big Draw tickets here >

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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