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


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)


Autumn 2018 Courses

13th September 2018 - 13th December 2018, Every Thursday
City Lit Creating Festive Crafts course - creating wonderful festive crafts to sell at the Christmas Cake Sale in December, raising money for Friends Of Willow Dene.
10am - 1pm

1st October 2018
Dealing with Anxiety Workshop
10am - 12pm
CAMHS and Willow Dene

10th October 2018
Growing Herbs From Cuttings For Free Workshop
10.30am - 12pm
Kevin Godby - Greenwich Community Gardener

16th October 2018
Cerebra Accessing Public Services Workshop
10am - 2.15pm