Community & Family Learning online courses

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.

To participate in these courses, learners will need a laptop or PC with webcam and microphone, internet connection with Google Chrome browser, an email address and be able to access websites.

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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.

  • Emotional Wellbeing KS1, KS2 and Teenagers
  • Emotional Wellbeing for Parents
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Understanding anxiety
  • Parental Guilt

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Understanding English & Maths

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.

  • Understanding Maths & English KS1, KS2 & KS3
  • Family English for ESOL
  • Intro to Phonics

Early Years

Theses workshops will provide support for parents of children under 5 on a range of topics.

  • Creative
  • Outdoor Play
  • Storysacks
  • Numbersacks
  • Play and Language
  • Intro to Phonics
  • Sleep for parents of under 5’s

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Qualification and Employment

We offer free courses to help you regain control of your employment prospects. Let’s make 2021 your year!
  • Harness the skills you already have
  • Develop your employability skills
  • Gain confidence in your own abilities
  • Take responsibility and realise your true potential


These workshops are to recognise to recognise and accept children’s feelings in a positive way and choose from a range of strategies to put fair boundaries into place. Ultimately, we want to improve parent/child relationships through the implementation of effective assertive techniques.

  • Sibling Rivalry
  • Motivating & Negotiating with Teens
  • Child Development KS2 & KS3
  • Connecting in an unconnected world
  • Choices and Consequences
  • Parental Guilt
  • Fussy Eaters

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 about your concerns and other parents facing the same challenges.

  • Money Talk for Kids
  • Family First Aid
  • Successful Co-Parenting
  • Learning Be a Homework Hero
  • Keeping Children Safe on the Internet
  • Making Science Fun in the Holidays

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Connecting with our coastline

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Online sessions connecting your family with our coast and estuaries. For parents, grandparents and children of all ages.

  • Coastal Walks
  • Plastics is Pants – Recycling made Easy
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Half Term Coastal Walks
  • Science and the Beach
  • Fishy Crafts
  • Beach Memory Jar
  • Coastal Collage
  • Easter and the Beach
  • Dinosaurs and Fossils in Essex
  • Coastal Science Experiments
  • Wellbeing at the Coast
  • Summer at the Coast

Strengthening Communities in Essex

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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 online course will take you through the various stages of fulfilling your idea using the Asset Based Community Building Approach of:

  • Understanding the principles of creating a community group
  • Practicalities of local support
  • Bringing it all together
  • Completing your action plan

Parent Ambassador Programme

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ACL’s Parent Ambassador programme aims to improve the lives of families living in Essex. Parent Ambassadors will volunteer in schools and community venues, whilst developing new skills to support others. Through the programme, Parent Ambassadors will be able to positively influence families to engage with learning opportunities, improve wellbeing, and raise aspirations.

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Commissioned Support & Partnerships

If you would like a bespoke service, training for staff or something that is outside our funding regulations then we can support through a commissioned service.

We have been working William Martin School who have been continuing to provide parent workshops throughout both lockdowns. View the full article. 

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Archived Events

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We continue to run events for your family and yourself to take part in. For our past events, please see below: