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Family Hubs Groupwork

We understand that parenting can be hard at times and children don’t come with an instruction manual. This is why your Family Hubs have a team of understanding Family Hub Coaches who deliver Free Family Learning Courses across the county.

The 10-week courses are delivered term time only, face to face or virtually, and are open to adults aged 19+ years and living in Staffordshire, with an interest in learning about how to parent and support children’s developments and behaviours through play activities and communication.

From pram to primary school (virtual or face to face)

This adult learner course provides parents and carers with a basic knowledge of how their child will grow and develop, 0-11 years. You can gain new understanding and ideas to support children’s behaviour.

This course includes topics such as

  • Discovering your parenting styles
  • Communicating with your child
  • Feelings and emotional development of children

Simply play for babies (PEEP) 0-12 months

This course is delivered as a Stay and Play session. You and your baby can enjoy new sensory play ideas, early language activities and get a wealth of ideas to try at home, while developing your understanding of how you can support your baby’s growth and development.

This course includes topics such as

  • “Finding my hands”
  • Teeth
  • Creative Play
  • Weaning

Simply play (PEEP) 0-4 years

This course is perfect for parents with children aged 0-4 years who would like to learn more about their child development and how they can support it through play and activities whilst raising awareness of play and how everyday activities and items can be used to support their child’s learning and development. Similar to Simply Play for Babies the sessions are delivered as a Stay and Play session.

This course includes topics such as

  • Physical Development
  • “Let’s make marks”
  • Early Communication
  • Out and About

How do I book a place?

To book a place or ask for further information please contact the team at groupwork@staffordshire.gov.uk

You can also find us, and other free Family Learning courses, on our Staffordshire Community Learning Services website. 


Frequently asked questions

Our courses are available to Staffordshire County Council Residents.

Stoke on Trent City Council also have Family Hubs that you can access.

Email: Familyhubs@stoke.gov.uk

The courses are 10-week Family Learning courses that learners enrol on to and have a start date. They are not delivered as drop-in groups.

Yes, you can. Simply Play is for families with children aged 0-4 years old.

Simply Play for Babies is for families with infants under 12months old.


Yes, you can. They can also enrol on to the course if they wish to attend the full 10 sessions. Just let the Family Hub Coach know they will be attending with you.


Yes, you can. We can support learners aged under 19 years of age if they are attending courses through Family Learning. Our Family Hub Groupwork is delivered through Family Learning.


Yes. Although our courses are non-accredited, you will receive a Confirmation of Attendance Certificate and your Individual Learners Profile.

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