Families Matter Bitesize E-bulletin: November 2023 - Information sessions for parents and school admissions

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.


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.

People in hall for community event

Let’s Talk SEND: Information session for families

Following the success of last year's event, parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are invited to attend the upcoming Let's Talk SEND information event:

Thursday 30 November, 10.30am-1pm

Brady Arts and Community Centre

192-196, Hanbury Street, E1 5HU

It is a chance to hear from senior leaders about the Local Area SEND system.  There will also be an information marketplace with stalls and updates from education, health and community services that support children with SEND or an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Organised by the Tower Hamlets Independent SEND Parent Forum and featuring the borough’s Parent and Carer Council, parents can also take the opportunity to hear how they can join local parent forums and take part in volunteering opportunities.   

Parents will be able to book ‘bitesize’ 10 minute surgeries with services that support families who have children with SEND – a suggestion made by parents at last year's ‘Let’s Talk SEND’ information event.

The event will be focused on providing information to families who have children with SEND but all Tower Hamlets families are welcome to attend and booking is not required.

More details >

Girl after having vaccination in arm

Catch-up immunisation clinics for children

If your child has missed their flu, HPV, meningitis or other vaccinations at school, they can still get a vaccination by attending a local clinic.

  • Flu Vaccination: Reception –Year 11
  • HPV: Year 8
  • DTP & Meningitis ACWY: Year 9
  • MMR: Reception – Year 13

Clinics open from 3.30- 5.30pm at:

Suttons Wharf Health Centre, 26 Palmers Road, E2 0FA

  • Monday 27 November
  • Tuesday 12 December

Gough Walk GP Practice, 21 Newby Place, E14 0EY

  • Friday 1 December
  • Thursday 14 December

East London Mosque, 46 Whitechapel Road, E1 1JX

  • Tuesday 5 December (gelatine-free flu vaccine drop-in clinic).

To book your appointment, email appointments@v-uk.co.uk  or call 020 7613 9422.

More details >

Girl eating

Is your child fussy about what they eat?

It can be worrying for parents when their child is fussy about what they eat. In this online workshop, you will be able to share your experiences with other parents and pick up some helpful tips to make mealtimes less stressful for everyone.

Platform to Talk - Encouraging Good Eating Habits

Friday 15 December, 10am - 11am

Delivered online, through Zoom.

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


Arguing Better course for parents

Arguing better is an online course for parents. It helps them to manage conflict and reduce the impact it has on children. The course is free for Tower Hamlets residents.

More details >

Other support >

Boy in coat hood smiling

Applying for a nursery or reception school place for September 2024?

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

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

  • Tuesday 12 December 2023 at 1pm
  • Wednesday 10 January 2024 at 10am

Reception application deadline: Monday 15 January 2024. 

Nursery application advice sessions (children born between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021): Book here

  • Tuesday 19 December 2023, 1pm
  • Wednesday 17 January 2024, 10am

Nursery application deadline: Friday 16 February 2024.

School Applications Advice >

Secondary school boy pupils eating lunch

Have your say on school admissions

We want your views on the nursery, primary and secondary school admissions arrangements for the 2025-26 school year, to make sure the process is fair and that as many parents as possible gain a place for their child at one of their preferred schools.

Have your say before Sunday 17 December.

Share your views >

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.

If you like this e-bulletin please share on social media, through community networks or your school website using the following share button, or you can click the hyperlink in the top right corner of this email. 

Bookmark and Share