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My name is Jan Ireland and I am the Family Mentor at Smithdown Primary School. I work with parents in an engaging and supportive way. I can provide lots of information to help and support families and can be contacted on 0785 2557623.

We provide many activities and courses at Smithdown that parents can access. We currently provide:-

ESOL classes- entry 2/3 level on a Monday and Wednesday afternoons

ESOL class- pre entry/entry 1 on a Thursday afternoon

Reading is Fun- a family learning course on a Tuesday morning which helps parents supports their child’s literacy learning.

A parent and toddler group run on a Wednesday morning 9am until 10am. Come along and meet other parents, let younger children enjoy playing, arts and crafts and singing.

We also have a Friends of Smithdown group which has been set up to organise events and to raise funds to buy equipment and provide other activities for the benefit of the pupils. Parent helpers at events are very welcome!

We also have coming up in January 2017:-

A new 10 week family learning course. The course will be based around numeracy. (More details to follow).

Family Connect – An 8 week family programme for, families who have children in reception or year 1.

We link with many organisations within our community including, Asylum Link, Tesco, St Anne’s Primary School, Granby Children’s Centre, The Greenhouse project, Granby development trust, Picton Children’s centre, St Dunstan’s church, Community food banks and St Hugh’s primary school.