Hub is a ‘friendly ear’ for families

Opening of The Family Hub at Thomas Hickman School in Aylesbury by Mayor Ranjula Takodra
Opening of The Family Hub at Thomas Hickman School in Aylesbury by Mayor Ranjula Takodra
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A primary school is aiming to support families and children with a new hub, the first of its kind in the county.

Thomas Hickman School, Aylesbury, unveiled the new centre which is exclusively available to families with children there, on Monday and manager Rosie Beft, 40, said: “It’s a new venture to provide educational services for the families of our school.

“It’s quite a big primary school here. There are other hubs that have been put up in the country but this is the first one of this kind definitely in the county.”

Mrs Beft said the hub, which offers advice on finances, health and wellbeing and English language courses among many others, has already seen many people come through the door.

She said: “I want parents to feel relaxed when they come in. It enables parents to sort out any problems they have.

“I’m here as a friendly ear, really. The idea is parents can come in and we can show them what their children are learning at the moment.”

The hub also provides expert knowledge from the Family Information Service for advice on personal finances or disability support, the NHS for help on diet, exercise or quitting smoking and there’s the option of talking with a local police officer if there’s a pressing concern.

Mrs Beft added: “The possibilities are huge. We need parents to engage with the school more. It’s come about as there is a need for certain things to be going on. It covers anything from helping your children at home with their homework to behavioural management and education.”

The manager said by showing parents what their children are learning and enrolling them on courses, such as cookery or storytelling either with or without their children, it can benefit learning when at home.