Nottingham families invited to join free family learning sessions

We’ve teamed up with the National Ice Centre, Nottingham City Council and Experian to make sure families don’t miss out on important free family learning sessions because of lockdown and social distancing.

The free family learning sessions will start on Wednesday 8 July and are designed to build on Values, Money and Me – a free online resource developed by Experian to help children explore the world of money with teachers, parents and carers.

When the current restrictions were put in place at the end of March, it meant the Values, Money and Me family learning sessions had to be put on hold. The National Ice Centre had begun delivering the sessions with schools in January funded by Nottingham City Council; and we were about to launch the sessions in St Ann’s, Sneinton and Mapperley supported by Experian – but all of this stopped when the Covid-19 pandemic meant schools and community centres had to close their doors.

Now, we’re working with the National Ice Centre to take the free family learning sessions online with support from Nottingham City Council and Experian – so everyone can benefit from the programme at a time when money is a growing concern for many families.

The free family learning sessions will start on Wednesday 8 July and are designed to build on Values, Money and Me – a free online resource developed by Experian to help children explore the world of money with teachers, parents and carers.

Rather than just directing families to the online resource, we wanted to continue providing actual sessions for families to take part in, albeit online, to make the sessions as personal, relevant and engaging as possible.

Each session will be hosted by Family Learning Tutors Nic Williams (aka Mr W) and Ryan Rathbone, and posted as a video on YouTube so families can watch along together and join in. All five sessions will include an interactive story and dilemmas for families to discuss before completing a short quiz to see what they’ve learnt. There will also be activity sheets available online for families, including how to make a money box and pledges children can make to help around the house.

Families will also be invited to join in regular Zoom chats hosted by Family Learning Tutors Nic Williams and Ryan Rathbone – to discuss and share their families’ learning and ask any questions they may have.

The free family learning sessions are specifically designed for families with primary school aged children and will help families explore attitudes and values around money, as well as financial knowledge and abilities.

Interested?
The Values, Money and Me free family learning sessions will start on Wednesday 8 July. Each session will be posted online via the National Ice Centre and The Renewal Trust YouTube channels, websites and social media. You can also register with us to be invited to take part in regular Zoom chats with Family Learning Tutors Nic Williams and Ryan Rathbone.

Register or Values, Money and Me Family Learning

If you live in St Ann’s and Sneinton when you register you could also receive a free family pack. The packs include activity sheets, pencil case, pencil, pen, rubber, pencil sharpener, scissors and glue stick and we have 300 packs to giveaway.

Register or Values, Money and Me Family Learning

In addition, families can also access loads of free learning materials via the Values, Money and Me website at www.valuesmoneyandme.co.uk

Nic Williams, Family Learning Tutor and Community Lead at The Renewal Trust explained:
“It’s great to be able to support families at home, until they can safely join us in person. I hope everyone enjoys the sessions and they encourage families to continue to learn together in a fun and engaging way. Values, Money and Me helps children explore and understand how the ever-changing adult world of money affects them – something that’s especially important at the moment with the Covid-19 pandemic affecting many families financially. Values, Money and Me also explores what money can’t buy, by considering the value of friendship, the giving of time to help others and kindness – all of which have proved vital to helping families and communities through the current crisis. By understanding ‘social capital’ and the value of their participation with others, children are able to see money in the context of being good citizens, friends and family members.”

Neghat Khan, Councillor for Dales ward and Portfolio Holder for Early Years, Education and Employment at Nottingham City Council said:
“It’s great to hear about the family learning launch. It’s been a difficult time for us all, but this pandemic has taught us new ways of working. It’s fantastic to see families in our communities like Sneinton being able to receive support at home virtually, learn and develop new skills together.

“Family learning is important because it helps parents to reconnect to learning and transform their lives. I hope families will develop skills for the real world which will hopefully benefit them throughout their lifetime.”