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Family Learning Team

Family learning logo Who are we?

Family Learning is learning which takes place among family members. It involves Mums, Dads and Carers learning with their children and with other Mums, Dads and Carers for the benefit of the whole family.

What do we do?

The Family Learning Team work in partnership with schools and other agencies to provide opportunities for Mums, Dads and Carers to become more involved in their children’s learning. Our aim is to encourage them to value the support they give their children on a day-to-day basis within their homes and the community. We currently work with Mums, Dads and Carers of children of primary school age.

The team works mainly in the 4 Attainment Challenge schools in Aberdeen. These are:

  • Bramblebrae Primary School;
  • Riverbank Primary School;
  • Manor Park Primary School;
  • Tullos Primary School;

How do we do this?


Group Work

Away days

Away days are designed to help the new P1s settle into school and allows the school staff and families to meet each other outside the school setting. A range of educational activities, such as; a nature trail, a bear hunt, T-shirt and cake decorating take place. Each family is given a welcome pack with a story book, magnetic letters and information on services available. One welcome pack is given for each family with a child starting P1.


Fundays are designed to encourage Mums, Dads and Carers and children to take part in a fun and educational activity on a Saturday in their local area. These have previously included clowning, storytelling, pirates and a bubble workshop at Satrosphere.


I'm A Parent .... Get Me Out of Here!

Parenting is one of the hardest jobs in the world which doesn’t come with a manual. Don’t panic, this 7 session course offers parenting skills and tips to positively enhance your role as a Parent/Carer.

Confidence & Assertiveness Building

You are never too old to improve your confidence and assertiveness. This 9 session course will offer you the opportunity to gain skills and tips to break old habits, say ‘no’ and mean it, take a more assertive role in your everyday life and possibly change you forever.

Maths & Language for Parents

Do the words ‘can you help me with my homework fill you with dread? This 6 session course will show you how your child learns maths and language in school and how you are helping at home without even knowing it. So why not come along and join in because believe it or not maths and language can be fun. (Aimed at parents of children aged 3-8 years).

Family Story Time

This 3 session course aims to build up your confidence in reading stories aloud to your children and help develop an interest in reading.

The Challenge Project

The Challenge Project is split into 3 sections:

Challenge Dad

These are events where Dads and Male Carers can actively engage in activities with young family members. These fun events encourage Dads and Male Carers to support their children's learning as well as supporting and identifying their own learning skills and needs.

Challenge Mum

These are events where Mums and Female Carers can actively engage in activities alongside other woman in a variety of ways.

Family Challenge

These are events that bring the family together to enjoy organised activities with other families.

Taster Sessions

We can offer taster sessions in areas such as budgeting, internet safety and messy play. We are always open to new suggestions so please don't hesitate to get in touch with the team.


Home Support (0-3 years)

Parenting young children can be really scary at times. If you are like most people, you suddenly realise you don't know all the answers. The truth is no-one has all the answers when it comes to parenting but don't worry there is help out there to support you.

What do Home Support Tutors do?

Home Support Tutors from the Family Learning Team can reassure you (parents/carers) about the things you are doing right and will support you to discover how to help your child to learn even more.

Working with parents/carers of children ages 0-3 years we will develop a learning plan that will benefit you and your family the most. This will involve visiting and supporting you in your own home and building on the skills and knowledge that you already have.

How will we do it?

We can help by providing 1 to 1 learning support in a variety of topics based on your needs.
Here are some examples:

  • Setting boundaries
  • Sleep routines
  • Building confidence in your parenting skills
  • Bonding with your child
  • Communicating with your child
  • How your child learns – play and development
  • Looking after yourself
  • Increasing your self esteem and supporting you to attend further learning opportunities
  • Giving clear, honest advice and guidance on a range of services


If there is something else you would like support with please don't hesitate to contact us. If we can't do it, we will find someone who can.

Advice & Guidance

If there is something else you would like to learn please don’t hesitate to contact us. If we can’t do it, we will find someone who can. Remember it’s never too late to learn.

From time to time parents do need extra support and because we work in partnership with other agencies we can find the support you need. Just get in touch.


We accept referrals from school staff and other agencies e.g. Social Work, Health Visitors etc. You can download out referral form here Referral_Form and send it to the address or secure email address below.