Understanding How Children Learn

Start Date:02/10/2024Day:Various
Time:7-9pmDuration:5 workshops (See dates below)


About the course

This is a non-qualification course for parents/carers in the Horsham area to enable them to support their child’s learning and development at home. It may also be useful for those working in a support role within an educational setting, such as teaching assistants, childminders, nursery assistants, or volunteers.

What will it cover?

Children spend less than 20% of their waking hours at school or pre-school settings, so parents and carers who can support a child’s learning will give them a real advantage. These 5 monthly workshops are designed to give you an insight into how your child learns and equip you with the tools you need as a parent/carer.

Wednesday 2nd October 7-9pm-Declarative language

Learn how to speak with children in a way that builds their self-esteem and empowers children. This is useful for parents or anyone working with children, especially neurodiverse children.

Wednesday 6th November 7-9pm-ADHD superpowers

Understand the traits of ADHD and the strengths behind these. This workshop is useful for parents of those with diagnosed/undiagnosed ADHD, those in schools who work with students with ADHD or those who believe they may have ADHD.

Tuesday 3rd December 6:30-9pm-How children learn

Learn the basics of how children learn in school and at home and the factors that affect this. This workshop is useful for parents, TAs and teachers to empathise with the process of learning.

Wednesday 15th January 7-9pm-Behaviour as communication

Explore different responses to different behaviours and discuss how we can respond to challenging behaviours. This is mainly aimed at primary and preschool children. This workshop is designed for parents but would also be useful for sports coaches or group leaders. It is not specific for those working in a school as schools will have their own behaviour policies.

Wednesday 5th February 7-9pm-Supporting big emotions in children

For parents and those working in schools this is an introduction to supporting big emotions in children.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements


Learners will attend monthly workshops in college. In exceptional circumstances this course may incorporate an element of live remote lessons where appropriate. It is recommended that you have access to a PC, laptop or other suitable device.

Learners also benefit from access to the college library during our evening opening times, including computers, study stations, print-based and electronic learning materials, printers and scanners.


You can progress to a qualification course in English or Maths, or one of our Teaching Assistant or Early Years Educator courses. These qualifications may support learners to progress into or within employment or further education.

How to apply

If you wish to apply, please click here or call or email us if you have any questions on 01403 216597 or adulted@collyers.ac.uk.


Please contact us for more information about the fees for this course.