We offer FREE interactive courses to help you negotiate these tricky times. If you are a parent, grandparent or caring for a child or young person living in Essex we have support for you.

Courses are delivered online live & face to face at various locations across Essex and some flexible learning classes. None of the sessions are recorded because our learning is based on lived experience and we promote confidentiality and safeguarding as core values to our courses. You will come to non-judgemental,  supportive learning sessions facilitated to support your family’s journey.

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Providing learning in Essex, based on a thematic offer to support parents/carers or guardians of babies, children and young people from pre-birth to 18 (or 25 with SEN) Community and Family Learning puts parents/carers and grandparents as their children’s first and last educators. All ACL courses are subsidised by the Government and to receive the funding we have to ask for some information about you.  We also need you to sign a learning agreement to confirm eligibility and to provide ID documents without this we cannot claim the funding.

Please take a look at our upcoming Family Learning courses in June.

Early Years

Theses workshops will provide support for parents of children under 5 on a range of topics, including creative, outdoor play, storysacks, numbersacks and much more.


These courses offer families guided support and tips on keeping children emotionally well. We deliver courses and workshops based on the developmental age of your children.


These workshops are to recognise and accept children’s feelings in a positive way and choose from a range of strategies to put fair boundaries into place.

SEND support for parents

Support your families journey pre, during and post diagnosis, support with educating yourself to support your wider family with related themes and promote pathways into specialist support and help you navigate this complex landscape.

View SEND Support courses.

Qualifications and Employment

We offer free courses to help you regain control of your employment prospects, boost confidence in your abilities, harness the skills you already have and gain qualifications. Let’s make 2022/2023 your year!

Understanding the curriculum

Understanding of the different subjects’ children are learning at school. With experienced tutor support, they also aim to improve parents’ or carers’ ability to support children’s learning and development.

Find courses about understanding the curriculum.

Specialist workshops

These one-off workshops that cover a variety of topics, offering support for you and your family. They give you an opportunity to speak to professional tutors and other parents facing the same challenges.

Strengthening Communities

An exciting opportunity for anyone who has identified a need within their community and would like to get involved in creating a community project. This course will take you through the stages of fulfilling your idea.

Financial Wellbeing 

Financial Wellbeing – Responding to the cost of living crisis, we are delivering courses that will help residents to reduce their household bills and gain qualifications to boost their career opportunities and earning potential.

Parent Ambassador Programme

Parent Ambassadors Volunteers are a valued part of ACL Essex supporting parental engagement for schools and communities, whilst developing your skills to support others. Currently focusing on the levelling up areas of Basildon, Tendring, Harlow and Colchester we aim to recruit, train and offer unique personal development opportunities to anyone in a parenting role. We really need your help to support parents in the community.

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