Adult Learning and Support

Pen Green provides a wide range of adult community education opportunities for parents and those interested in working in the early years. Families and practitioners can benefit from our long history of working with children and families. We have developed an extensive adult education programme, offering a range of opportunities including basic literacy and numeracy, CACHE diplomas, and an early years degree programme from foundation to PhD level facilitated through our Research Base.

The programmes that we offer are:

CACHE Level 1 Award in an Introduction to Early Years Settings (QCF)

An introductory course for those interested in working with children. You will explore what it is like to work within an early years setting. This is a 20 week course. Please contact us for upcoming dates.

CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (QCF)

A nationally recognised qualification for those working/planning to work with children or young people.

CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner

A nationally recognised qualification for those practitioners wishing to extend their knowledge.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) – Family Learning Language

Improve your English language skills across speaking, reading, writing and listening. The course also covers spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Functional Skills English

An on-going course to improve your English skills. Modules are completed at your own pace with support from the tutor.

Functional Skills Maths

An on-going course to improve your Maths skills. Modules are completed at your own pace with support from the tutor.

Breastfeeding Support

A drop-in support group in for breastfeeding mums. Get help and advice from the group leader, health practitioners and other mums in a relaxed, informal environment. Toddlers and dads very welcome.


A support group designed for women who have experienced emotional/sexual trauma in childhood. We provide a safe environment with supportive and well qualified group leaders for you to explore these issues. This is a closed, confidential group.

Growing with your Family

A course for parents to explore what it is like to be a parent and where our parenting styles come from.  Come along and share tips, celebrate joyous moments, and help each other to work through challenges. Please enquire at reception for upcoming dates.

Freedom Programme

Following the 12 week programme developed by Women’s Aid this is a support group for women who are in, or have left, abusive relationships. An opportunity for participants to consider what’s  important for them in their relationships with others. This is a closed, confidential group.

Get Creative

An opportunity to learn new crafts or share your own skills. Staff are on hand with ideas and materials.

Getting Ahead of Postnatal Depression (GAP)

A group for women who are experiencing postnatal depression or distress. This is a closed, confidential group led by highly qualified staff who can offer you advice and guidance.

Great Expectations

A group for women who are at least 20 weeks pregnant. This is an opportunity to share experiences of being pregnant, to get support with difficulties and challenges, to plan for the birth they want and share the first few months of their relationship with their new baby.

Our Time

Offers women the chance to relax and talk about issues and concerns that are affecting their lives in a safe and supportive environment. Staff support participants to explore their feelings around the challenges and pressures  of daily life when caring for children under 5 years.

Parents of Children with Additional Needs

A group for parents and carers of children with additional needs and special rights to meet together in a friendly and informal environment. An opportunity to share experiences, celebrations and difficulties, and to find out about the local and national services available to your family.

For current days and times, please check our current Calendar or like us on Facebook for daily updates.