Parent Training

At Willow Dene we provide a coordinated range of courses, activities and information giving sessions for the parents and carers of Willow Dene families.

These include an annual information fair, courses from outside providers to address a particular need, training specific to groups of children and activities that parents can attend to socialise and be creative. Many of the courses are facilitated by Willow Dene staff and therapists but we are increasingly able to offer courses run by outside providers also.

There are parent training opportunities run in school throughout the year which include:

  • ASD awareness - this is run in-house and focuses on the basics of ASD and gaining a better understanding of how to get the best outcomes for children who are on the Autistic Spectrum.
  • Sensory processing - this is run in-house by our Sensory Processing Coordinator and has a focus on understanding children's sensory needs and giving strategies to parents to help manage them.
  • CAMHS - focused training on sleep, behaviour and anxiety.
  • MENCAP - challenging behaviour (parents will have received a survey asking them to identify their training needs in this area).
  • City Lit parent courses - These have included Mascot Making, making sensory story bags and Make, Sell and Do - making crafts which are then sold at school cake sales in order to raise money for Friends of Willow Dene.

Look out for information coming home via Home School Contact Books about upcoming training.

Upcoming Parents Events


Spring Term 2021:

City Lit Parent Classes January 2021

Mindful and Wellbeing Sessions- Jan-April 2021


Summer Term 2020:


New Free ONLINE VIRTUAL City Lit Courses listed below: 

For all of these courses you will need a smartphone or computer with Internet access. If you can - download the Zoom app. For more information or to book a place please text or email your name, email address and mobile number to – Hayley on 07810 836811 or


New Free ONLINE VIRTUAL City Lit Course - Intro to Childcare (course code – ZPG409)

Wednesday mornings – 10th June to 15th July – meeting on line 9:30 – 11:30am

This is a 6-week course for those interested in working with children in an early years setting (0-5years). You will plan and take part in creative activities, linking to child development and EYFS.

You can access this course on line with or without your children depending on your current situation.

After this course - You could then progress onto a level 1 or level 2 childcare course in September, (depending on your English literacy level).


New Free ONLINE VIRTUAL City Lit Course - Messy Play – How it supports your child’s development and links to EYFS (course code – ZPG410 part 1 and ZPG411 part 2)

Thursday mornings 11th June and 18th June – meeting on line 10 -12:30am

You will explore messy play activities, linking to child development and EYFS.

Part 1 we will experience messy play linked to your sense of touch and smell.

Part 2 we will explore messy play linked to wet play and texture play.

You can access this course on line with or without your children depending on your current situation.

After this course - You could then progress onto other childcare related workshops and or Level 1 or Level 2 Childcare course.


New Free ONLINE VIRTUAL City Lit Course - Confident Communication – Reading with Props - Workshop (course code – 413)

Thursday morning 25th - June – meeting on line 10 -12:30am

A workshop for people wanting to develop their story telling, reading and self-confidence skills. The workshop is relaxed and friendly and includes creative activities, making props and puppets to support story telling.


New Free ONLINE VIRTUAL City Lit Course - Parenting Skills – Developing your strategies and understanding (course code – 414)

Wednesday mornings 18th – June to 9th July – meeting on line 10 -12:00am

‘Parents are the biggest influence on their children, whether it is positive or negative is down to them’

Over the four sessions, we will:

Explore how we can be a positive influence on our children to support them to grow into responsible independent adults.

Identify tools and strategies to manage the pitfalls and challenges we face as parents. Compare how our role changes as our children grows up and develops.


 Summary: This short course will help you better understand the senses and how we process information from our senses. It will introduce you to what sensory issues can look like in a child’s behaviour and engagement, and give you a toolkit of ideas on how to support your child’s sensory needs at home.
 Audience: Open to all. Parents and Carers.
 Length: 1 hour of content using slides with voice-over, animations, videos, quizzes and many resources to download. You will have 3 months to access the course.
 Fee: Fee: Only £5.00.    Also Includes Free Bronze Membership



New Free ONLINE VIRTUAL City Lit Course -  Family History, Treasured Memories


Starting: Thurs May 14th 2020 and running until July 16th 2020


Time: 10:00 – 12:00 


An opportunity to get creative and make a keepsake of treasured memories and your family history for yourself or to give to another family member.


On this course you can; research your family name; make a family tree; record stories of the past told to you by elderly relatives, recall your own childhood, collect photos and memorabilia, and decorate a box or scrapbook to keep it in.   


There will be regular Zoom meetings that you can attend and meet others on the group  and share ideas as well as 1-2-1 support.   


 If you are interested please email Vicky House on




 New Free ONLINE VIRTUAL City Lit Course -  Family Squares


Starting: Wednesday 13th May 2020 and running until July 15th 2020


Time: 10:00 – 12:00 

An opportunity to get creative and decorate fabric squares, drawing inspiration from your experience during lockdown

Using fabrics and other resources at home, squares can be decorated using a variety of techniques applique, patchwork, embroidery, fabric paint and gluing.

Once completed the quilt will be displayed in Greenwich. When lockdown is over you will be invited to an event to celebrate what we have achieved and write a short description of you and your family experiences in lockdown

Raquel the tutor will be able to help you plan and prepare. This is an on-line course for approximately 2 hours a week on Wednesdays from 10.00 to 12.00 (there is flexibility with this). You need to have use of a laptop or I pad

For more information contact Helen on 07818 896575 email:

 If you are interested please email Vicky House on


Coffee Mornings (30th January 2019 – 3rd April 2019, every Wednesday)

30th January 2019 - Sara Johnson - Family Support Worker at Charlton Park Academy

6th February 2019 - Introduction to the Parents Library Service and chance to meet Martin Tanner

13th February 2019 - Parents Forum representatives Kulvy Baines and Kafayat Eletu are coming along to introduce themselves and to talk to parents about their roles

27th February 2019 - Michelle Fowler, the new Willow Dene Health Support Worker is coming to introduce herself and talk about her new role

6th March 2019 - Parents Coffee Morning – no guest

13th March 2019 - Mandy Baines, Sensory Processing Co-ordinator at Willow Dene School will explain more about her role and how sensory programmes are implemented across the school

20th March 2019 - Greenwich Parent Voice, are coming to talk to parents and hear your views about issues that affect families with a child with SEN

27th March 2019- Willow Dene MOVE Team,  are joining the Coffee Morning to talk about how the MOVE team works with our children in school.

3rd April 2019 - Easter Cake and Savoury Sale!


*Coffee Morning continues to be every Wednesday, more special guests to be confirmed.


Other Events

17th Jan – 4th April 2019 City Lit - Free Creative Sensory Crafts course, Thursdays

11-week course for all parents and carer to learn new skills or brush up on the ones you have!


Spring 2019 Courses

15th February - IT/SIMMS workshop for parents/carers (10 -12pm)

28th February - ASD Awareness Parent Training (10 -2pm)

28th February - FOWD Meeting (1.30 – 2.30pm)

1st March - SENDIASS drop-in for Year 6 parents.

29th March - Willow Dene Spring Ball (6 – 8pm)