Additional course information

Family learning


Family learning

Family Learning courses and workshops provide a broad range of learning opportunities, from informal learning events to more structured learning programmes, designed to support your children's learning and to give a taste of what Start has to offer.

Family Learning is about adults and children learning together but many courses include separate sessions for adults as well as 'joint' sessions with children. Some short courses are for adults only but with a family focus.

The majority of Family Learning activities take place in community venues, children's centres and schools.

We work in partnership with local schools, libraries and children's centres and offer a wide range of courses including:

  • Family Language, Literacy and Numeracy (including ESOL)
  • Using computers with the family
  • Art and crafts projects
  • Garden projects
  • Baby massage
  • Play and learn for under 5s
  • Family fitness

Look out for information in your child's school, your local children's centre, library or community venue.



ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages

We have ESOL classes at all levels from pre-entry to Level 1. Our courses will help you to develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills for daily life, for work or looking for work, and for study.

You can study from four hours a week to twelve hours a week. There are also fast-track courses for those who are able to progress more quickly.

The following table shows what the ESOL levels mean and how they compare with other internationally recognised levels and qualifications.

ESOL levelDescriptionCEFR Common European Framework of Reference for LanguagesCambridge examsIELTS
Pre-entry Complete beginner      
Entry 1 Beginner to elementary A1    
Entry 2 Elementary to pre-intermediate A2 KET  
Entry 3 Pre-intermediate to intermediate B1 PET 4 to 5
Level 1 Intermediate to upper-intermediate B2 FCE 5.5 to 6.5
Level 2 Upper-intermediate to advanced C1 CAE 7 to 8