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Family learning

We offer free, fun sessions that enable families to chat, play and learn new skills. 


family with pottery pumpkins

Our courses help parents and carers build confidence to support their children's learning, giving pre-school children a positive start and supporting key development stages.

Find details of our current courses in the family learning collection on our Eventbrite pages.

We offer a wide range of face to face and online learning opportunities.

Popular topics

Creative arts and crafts

From family pottery or junk modelling, to willow weaving and seasonal crafts we offer creative activity sessions that help promote a love of imagining, experimenting and making.

Outdoor adventures

Leave the classroom behind to play and learn together outdoors. Enjoy den building, bug hunts, treasure hunts and nature walks. Find out about animals and insects and how to protect the environment. These sessions provide natural opportunities to increase children's confidence and resilience.

Health and wellbeing

From family cookery to family wellbeing we offer courses to help families stay safe and healthy. If you have any questions please contact, email: dacesfamilylearning@derbyshire.gov.uk

How to find and book onto a course

Advertised courses can be found online by viewing our community learning courses.

Family learning for schools and partner organisations

This includes Sure Start children's centres, libraries, countryside services and Home-Start.

We offer a creative approach to developing positive links with parents and supporting parental engagement with schools. We nurture parents' confidence in their ability to engage with and support their children's learning and development.

We offer a range of courses from creative arts and crafts to outdoor learning and courses to promote healthy lifestyles.

In addition to supporting social and cultural development, our tutors build on natural opportunities to embed science, technology, English and maths into sessions.

Our courses can act as a springboard to a love of learning and we provide progression information and signposting to adult courses.

We can often deliver bespoke courses and events in conjunction with partners. If you are interested in hosting a face to face family learning course or event at your venue we would love to hear from you. Please email dacesfamilylearning@derbyshire.gov.uk giving your contact details including post code.

Family learning for community groups and volunteer organisations

Do you think that a family learning activity could support your group or enhance any of your events? We may be able to provide a family learning tutor and materials to deliver a themed activity or course.

Due to funding restrictions we can only work with adults or adults and children together and cannot work with children on their own.

If you'd like a member of our team to contact you to discuss possibilities please email dacesfamilylearning@derbyshire.gov.uk giving your contact details including post code.

Courses at Clay Cross

Family learning pottery

  • Day, date and time:
    Monday 22 August, 9.45am to 11.45am
    Tuesday 23 August, 9.45am to 11.45am
  • Weeks: 1
  • Course fee (fee A / Fee B / Fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Clay Cross adult community education centre

Find out more and book on Family learning pottery on Monday 22 August, 9.45am to 11.45am

Find out more and book on Family learning pottery on Tuesday 23 August, 9.45am to 11.45am

Courses at Derbyshire eco centre

Family learning - camp fires

  • Day, date and time: Sunday 30 October, 10am to midday
  • Weeks: 1
  • Course fee (fee A / fee B / fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Derbyshire eco centre

Find out more and book on Family learning - camp fires on Sunday 30 October, 10am to midday.

Courses at Glossop

Family learning - dry stone walling taster

  • Day, date and time: Saturday 22 October, 10am to 1pm
  • Weeks: 1
  • Course fee (fee A / fee B / fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Higher Plainsteads Farm, Glossop

Find out more and book on Family learning - dry stone walling taster on Saturday 22 October, 10am to 1pm

Family learning - turn trash into treasure (Halloween)

  • Day, date and time: Sunday 23 October, 10am to 3pm
  • Weeks: 1
  • Course fee (fee A / fee B / fee C): £33 / £29 / £10
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Higher Plainsteads Farm, Glossop

Courses at Heanor

Family learning - gadgeteers - funny bones

  • Day, date and time: Tuesday 24 August, 10am to midday
  • Weeks: 1
  • Course fee (fee A / fee B / fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Heanor library

Find out more and book on Family learning - gadgeteers - funny bones on Wednesday 24 August, 10am to midday.

Courses at Long Eaton

Family learning - gadgeteers - funny bones

  • Day, date and time: Tuesday 23 August, 10am to midday
  • Weeks: 1
  • Course fee (fee A / fee B / fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Long Eaton library

Find out more and book on a Family learning - gadgeteers - funny bones on Tuesday 23 August, 10am to midday.

Family learning - puppets and stories

  • Day, date and time: Tuesday 25 October, 1pm to 3pm
  • Weeks: 1
  • Course fee (fee A / fee B / fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Long Eaton adult education centre

Find out more and book on a Family learning - puppets and Stories course on Tuesday 25 October, 1pm to 3pm