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Parent & Adult Education


Parent Adult Education training

The Parenting and Adult Education (PAE) teams work is to coordinate courses, programmes, and employment pathways for families with children birth – 19 years old or 25 years old for those with Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND).

Our focus offer is on enabling Early Steps into Parenting and Education through-

  • Increasing parenting capacity and knowledge
  • Access to education and training
  • Employability & good job opportunities

Who we support

Our programmes and courses target local families with children who are registered with a Children and Family Centre. We work with different organisations to ensure that we deliver to meet the needs of our families. 

Our offer

We offer a variety of programmes and courses which are delivered on a termly basis through classroom-based training, an online virtual platform or a mix of both depending on need. We are unique in our offer as we provide on-site crèche facilities whilst you access our services. Please note that there are limited spaces available on a ‘first come first served’ basis and the creche is limited to children aged 6 months-5 years old.  To find out more about our available programmes and courses, please see our current directory.


All our programmes, courses and crèche services are free but subject to specific eligibility criteria.

To access any of the parenting programmes you have to be:

  • a resident of Tower Hamlets with a child- 19 years old (25 Years old with SEND)

To access any of the adult learning courses, you have to be:

  • a resident of Tower Hamlets with a child- 19 years old (25 Years old with SEND)
  • Have lived in the UK for the last 3 years or more,
  • you are unemployed on Benefits or if your household income is less than £21,157.50 per year.

Further information on this is available in the "How to apply section" in our directory.

Autumn 2022 Directory 

Please see our Autumn 2022 directory for a full list of all of our courses.

We continue to offer:

  • Classroom-based courses
  • Increased number of sessions delivered online 
  • Increased number of training which is both online and classroom-based learning
  • Numbers of learners for both the classroom and blended learning remains reduced in order to accommodate learning within a socially distanced environment.
  • Limited creche provision which is offered on a first-come first-served basis

Parent Adult Education training presentation

Below we have a brief outline of the programmes and courses due to commence in the next term. In order to see dates, venues and times and how to apply, please see the directory which has all the relevant up to date information. 



Pre-Entry ESOL
Health & Social Care Level 1
Information Advice and Guidance Level 1
Business Admin Level 1
Childcare Level 1
Helping in School Level 2 (Teaching Assistant)
Helping in School Level 3 (Teaching Assistant)
Community Interpreting Level 2
Community Interpreting Level 3
Functional Skills Maths
Functional Skills English 
Personal Development 
Positive Change
Safeguarding and Prevent
Children's and Young People's Mental Health
Managing Challenging Behaviour
Mums Matter
Understanding Autism
Common Childhood Illness
Healthy Living and Lifestyles
First Aid

Please note these sessions will be delivered from the children and family centre venues and anyone attending these sessions will be required to follow strict social-distancing measures for the site concerned. A range of actions will also need to be followed for effective infection protection and control and we ask those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, not to attend. 

How to apply

Pop down to your local Children and Family Centre and tell the staff member what programme or course you are interested in. They can also help you with the registration process, take your EIS ID number and direct you to the appropriate waiting list form. You can also complete our Parent Enquiry Form.

If you would like further information or to discuss anything, please contact the Parenting Adult Education Team on 020 7364 2240/ 0421 or email PAE@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Contact Us

Zubair Ahmed (Parenting Adult Education Coordinator)

Email: zubair.ahmed@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Tel: 020 7364 2240 or 07773 384 947