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Free Summer Workshops

Family Learning are running storybook based art and craft workshops

and science based art and craft workshops for you and your children to enjoy.

See flyer for full details

Summer Workshop Flyer

Portsmouth Football Summer Camp

Trafalgar School

Monday 23rd August – Thursday 26th August 2021

For Boys & Girls aged 4 – 14

See Flyer for full details

Football Summer Camp Flyer

Community Learning Service

FREE Qualification Course

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges

This free qualification course is an introduction to the knowledge and understanding needed to work in a school or college.

Starts Wednesday 15th September — approx 9-12 weeks

See flyer for full details

Qualification Flyer

Community Learning Service

Family Learning FREE 'Get ready for school' Workshops For parents/carers to experience how to prepare their child for school, with tips and strategies for early reading, writing and maths skills.

Get Ready for School Workshops will run on the 15th June and be repeated on 29th June and 6th July.

Family Learning Flyer

May half-term Hockey

A hockey 'come and try' day is being held on Wednesday 2 June 2021 from 10am — 3pm.

Sessions will be delivered by qualified coaches from Portsmouth Hockey Club, with separate sessions for children in years 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8.

Where: University of Portsmouth sports pitches, Furze Lane
Cost: £5

To book a place please email:

YMCA Half-Term Day Camps

Community Learning Service

Family Learning are delivering the following free workshops / courses.

All will be delivered at The Learning Place, Derby Road, North End.

See the flyer below for full details

Family Learning Flyer

Coronavirus Crisis Card

Click the link below for a set of messages and information in a noticeboard style which gives details of services and support that are available to the local community.

Coronavirus Crisis Card


From Tuesday 6th April to Friday 16th April children can access activities, sports and food through

Portsmouth City Council's HAF Fun Pompey programme.

The programme, which is part of the government's national Holiday Activities and Food initiative, is available for families with children aged 4-16 years old and there are free spaces available for those in receipt of free school meals.  

Most of the programme is face to face with some brilliantly inventive remote opportunities too. All FSM participants will have food provided and there is a variety of tasty, nutritious options.


KOOTH – Digital Mental Health Support

It’s understandable that some children and young people might be struggling with the transition to being back in school. 11-18 year olds in Portsmouth who are struggling with their emotional wellbeing can access a free online counselling service, wellbeing resources and self-help tools from

full details here

Rapid Covid-19 Testing for Parents, their Households and Bubbles

Households, support & childcare bubbles of children at nursery, primary and secondary schools and colleges, can now get regular rapid #COVID19 testing. .

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Families can now collect LFD tests for use at home between 1.30 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. from Eldon Car Park, Southsea, PO1 2DJ and between 1.30 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. Unit 9, North Harbour Road, Cosham, PO6 3TL. 

Community Learning Service

Family Learning Fun in the Afternoon

 To enrol on this course or if you have any queries please email:

Community Learning Service

Parent Power

To enrol on this course or if you have any queries please email:

CBBC is on YouTube!

CBBC are uploading videos daily that are suitable for 5-11 year olds.

All of the top CBBC brands on there, with a wide range of genres from factual shows, news, dramas, comedy to entertainment. Programmes like Horrible Histories, Blue Peter, Newsround, The Next Step, Saturday Mash-Up, Operation Ouch, the Playlist, the Dumping Ground, Heirs of the Night and Jamie Johnson.  Also,  Dani Harmer stars in a new programme 'My Mum Tracy Beaker'.

If you are interested in this, subscribe to YOUTUBE.COM/CBBC (it’s completely free to subscribe!) 

You can also watch the CBBC live daily and on the BBC iPlayer.

Free Help for Parents with Home Learning

Grammar Sessions from Dandelion Learning

The session explores:

*Grammatical terminology. Consolidate your understanding of word classes including nouns, verbs, adjectives, determiners, conjunctions, pronouns and adverbs.*

*Ways to support your child at home with their understanding of grammar.*

This 45 minute session is free to all parents who have children at primary school.

Choice of dates:

Tuesday 16th February 2021 7pm -7.45pm or

Wednesday 24th February 2021 7pm – 7.45pm

Book Sessions Here

Triple P Primary Discussion Groups Age 5-12yrs

 Triple P Primary & Teen Discussion Group dates for Feb - April 2021

Dates for Primary 5-12 Years

Dates for Teens 12 - 16 Years

After School Tips

Mrs Cantini says that she needs time when she first gets home before she can do the ‘home’ things.

This is so important to remember for us all!  For those that are in school currently, this is true and worth considering each day.  It is also the case for the children that are at home. It is still ‘a day in school’ even if they don’t leave the house. 

Take care everyone! 

Lockdown Lunches and Meal Plans

Change4Life have created recipes and shopping lists for families which can be used to create lunches for around £15 each week.

Lockdown Lunch Ideas

Fun Ideas from Portsmouth Young Carers

Here are some fun ideas from Portsmouth Young Carers to share over the Christmas break...

but no cheating on the quiz! 

Christmas Craft Activities

Christmas Recipes

Christmas Quiz

Christmas Quiz (with answers)

Triple P Primary Discussion Groups Age 5-12yrs

Triple P Primary & Teen Discussion Group dates for Jan & Feb 2021



Portsmouth and Surrounding Areas - Tier 2

As Portsmouth and surrounding areas are in Tier 2 from tomorrow (02.12.2020), you may find this poster helpful on the rules. 

7 Tips to Help Children with Sensory Processing Challenges at Christmas

In light of the season and the usual sensory difficulties that can rise in this month, this is a really useful article for supporting these needs at Christmas time in particular. 

Tap the image to access the Griffin Occupational Therapy website 

Free Online Christmas Craft Afternoon

Free online Christmas craft afternoon

Tuesday 8th December 2020

Free Online Dance Lessons

Free online dance sessions for children every Sunday morning from 10am during lockdown

STARTING THIS SUNDAY - 8th November 2020

Portsmouth Drama Hub

Family Learning at The Learning Place

Learn with my Child - Maths

Parent Power

 Pop-Up Uniform ShareStore

Hive Portsmouth's new pop-up school uniform ShareStore is helping local families.

The cost of a new uniform, school shoes, PE kit and other essentials can soon mount up, and add to the financial pressure on parents, especially in these challenging times.

That's why Hive Portsmouth has set-up its new pop-up school uniform ShareStore.

Click HERE to access their website

YMCA Portsmouth DayCamps -  Autumn Half Term

Hands. Face. Space.

As infection rates begin to rise across the country, please remember 'Hands. Face. Space.' Be safe everyone!


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CORONAVIRUS AND YOUR CHILD What you need to know

Finding Childcare in Portsmouth

Need help finding childcare?

Please click HERE to link to help and advice from Portsmouth City Council

Community Learning Service

Portsmouth City Council's Community Learning Service have some FREE courses on offer in September

Click the links for further information

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health

CLS are also offering FREE Family Learning workshops throughout August

Playdough Recipe! 

You're never too old for playdough!

This simple 'no cook' recipe can be used again and again!

Playdough Recipe

Thank you to The Young Carers Team for sharing this with us : )

Children’s Therapy Service - NHS Solent

Planned Summer Holiday Provision for Portsmouth

As school will not be open during the summer holidays, please find this leaflet from Portsmouth City Council on what has been made available so far. This list should grow. 

Summer Holiday Provision Leaflet

Connect4Summer is a programme for children across Hampshire which provides an exciting programme that will include a range of sports activities, healthy cooking classes for children and their parents or carers, as well as additional support for our most vulnerable families who are in need.

Connect4Summer is offering FREE Family fun days with activities and food in the summer holidays at a venue near you.

Please visit Connect4Summer for booking and more information.

and visit their Facebook page for updates

Click HERE for a Connect4Summer Information & Venue flyer

Click HERE for a letter to Parents from Mr Jones

*Please note that this is not run by SJS and all questions should be directed to Connect4Summer*

Virtual Support Sessions


Autism Hampshire is providing virtual support sessions in Portsmouth for parents and carers to provide information about managing anxieties and daily routine with an autistic child or young adult at home.

Autism Hampshire is running 2 cohorts of support groups to support parents and carers across Portsmouth

Click HERE for further information and cohort timetables


Following recent world events surrounding racism, Black Lives Matter and the death of George Floyd, we have found the following links if you wish to discuss this with your children. 

Article to read about the BLM movement  

Parent's guide to BLM with activities 

45 books to support reading about BLM

Blue Peter link for the programme that was shown at the weekend. 

Everybody Worries by Jon Burgerman

A picture book for children who are worried about Coronavirus

Click the picture to access the  e-book

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Kindness Matters

18th - 24th May

(Click the Images to find help, support & information on how you can get involved)

Local Support from Solent Mind

 Please remember, you are never alone. Please reach out if you need any support at all. 

School Nursing Service - Advice if Your Child is Unwell

Parenting Surgery

Early Help and Prevention

Available by phone
This is for parents of school aged children

These 30 minute slots offer an opportunity to discuss specific behaviour issues and understand what is on offer in the city

Click HERE to view date and time slots

Email: to book a slot

Positive Parenting Programme

There are a range of online resources which can help from the Positive Parenting Program​​me.

NVR Parenting Programmes

For parents who have attended NVR Parenting programmes they are offering a regular virtual "drop in" session

If you would like to be included in this please email: and a Parenting Practitioner will contact you to arrange a suitable time.

NHS Guide for Parents 

Click HERE for a Parent Guide from the NHS

Solent NHS Trust 0-19 Children’s Service

A Letter to Families

Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations.

YMCA Half-Term Day Camps