Families Matter Bitesize E-bulletin: November 2022 - parenting workshops, Healthy Start support, music, movement and more

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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.

Online discussion-based sessions for parents

Online discussion-based sessions for parents

Join one of the Triple P discussion groups, where you will have the chance to share your experiences with other parents and pick up some useful tips from an experienced parenting practitioner.

  • Encouraging positive behaviour - Monday 28 November, 10am - 12.30pm 
  • Managing fighting and aggression - Monday 5 December, 10am - 12.30pm
  • Developing good bedtime routines - Monday 12 December, 10am - 12.30pm

These workshops will be delivered online through Zoom. 

For more details and to join a group, email parenting@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Healthy Start – support for your family

Hear how Healthy Start can support your family

Did you know that you and your child(ren), up to the age of four years, can get free vitamins under the Healthy Start scheme?   

You may also be eligible to get money for healthy food, milk and formula from when you are 10 weeks pregnant until your child is four years old.

Watch a new video with local parents sharing how the Healthy Start scheme has made a difference to their families and how other parents can check their eligibility for the pre-paid Healthy Start card.  You can apply online or with support through your local children and family centre.

More information >


Azucar! Music & Movement Workshop at Rich Mix

Azucar! Music & Movement Workshop at Rich Mix

Join a fun and interactive performance workshop for families to enjoy together, based around popular songs, traditional rhythms and social dances from the Caribbean and South America. 

The first session is this Sunday but there are additional sessions taking place monthly on several Sundays in the new year for parents to book.

Sunday 27 Nov 2022 - Sunday 26 Mar 2023, 1pm

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

Book here >

Keeping Children Safe Online in Year 6 and 7

Keeping Children Safe Online

The internet is amazing, but do you worry about how safe your child is online? Join this session to find out more about your child’s online world and pick up some useful tips to help keep them safe.

Platform to Talk – Keeping Children Safe Online

Friday 9 December, 10 - 11am

Delivered online through Zoom

Register 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

  • Wednesday 7 December, 6pm
  • Friday 13 January, 10am
  • Wednesday 1 February, 10am (with information on late applications)

Reception application deadline: Sunday 15 January 2023. 

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

  • Monday 5 December, 6pm
  • Thursday 12 January, 10am
  • Tuesday 7 February, 10am

Nursery application deadline: Thursday 16 February 2023.


School Applications Advice >

Let's Talk SENd Event Group Photo

Let's Talk SEND event success!

Over 75 parents and carers attended the Let's Talk SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) information event held at the Brady Arts and Community Centre earlier this month.

Co-produced with the Tower Hamlets Independent SEND Parent Forum and the Parent and Carer Council, the information marketplace featured various education, health and community organisations who spoke to families about their services.

Parents and carers also heard from senior leaders in Tower Hamlets about the planned improvements to services that support children with SEND and their families.  The presentation shown at the event can be found here.

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


Let's Talk SEND information >

DLR Christmas Family Activity:  Join the Christmas Rescue!

DLR Christmas Family Activity: Join the Christmas Rescue!

The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) are putting on a festive themed Discovery Christmas Rescue activity for families.  DLR mascots, DLR Dave and Doris need your help to find Santa’s reindeer and presents all in time for Christmas Eve!

Families can take part, using the DLR Actionbound App and visiting DLR stations across the network from Thursday 1 December – Saturday 24 December. 

Take part here >

Thank you for reading

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