Educational Courses


This page gives information about online and public courses. If you would like to advertise a course on this website and the Facebook page, please do get in touch.


Saturday 20th July – Flowers in Pastels

The beautiful technique of pastel drawing is explored step by step in this lovely workshop focusing on flowers and plants with the option to sketch the odd sculpture. Using loose shapes and mark making to depict the wonderful flowers and plants at The Dutch Marketplace, Great North Road, Hatfield, AL9 6ND.  No experience needed – this session is suitable for all levels. Please note, we will be starting off indoors but weather permitting, we will be outside, so please dress accordingly. Saturday 20th July from 10am – 1pm. For further information and to book click here


Saturday 27th July – Summer Flowers in Water Colours

Join this guided art painting workshop where you will learn step by step how to create a masterpiece of summer flowers using the wonderful inspiration of flora and fauna from The Dutch Marketplace, Great North Road, Hatfield, AL9 6ND. You will use techniques such as salt, wet on wet and masking fluid, flowers will be revealed in all their glory. All watercolour paints and paper are supplied by the tutor. Saturday 27th July from 10am – 1pm. For further information and to book click here


Thursday 1st August – Basic Digital Skills

This is a practical workshop that will take you through some basic tasks using a computer. You will learn how to use some of the functions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, email, and the internet. Thursday 1st August from 10am – 12 noon. At Bedwell Community Centre, Bedwell Crescent, Stevenage, SG1 1NA. For further information and to book click here


Monday 5th August – Crochet with Numbers

Learn to crochet with our fun and interactive workshop.  This course will help you to brush up on your number skills whilst creating a festive item. You will learn how to read and prepare your pattern, measure and count out your material to make your special festive gift. At North Watford Library, St Albans Road, Watford, WD24 7RW. Monday 5th August from 10am – 12 noon. For further information and to book click here


Tuesday 6th August – Hygiene Training Course

If you work with food or want to work in the food industry, this training course could be just for you. To reserve a place on this course, please call 01462 474 213, At North Herts Council, Council Offices, Gernon Road, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3JF. Tuesday 6th August from 9.15am – 5pm.


Tuesday 6th August – Macrame

Macrame is the technique of using different knots to craft an item. It does not require any special tools or equipment and is an accessible and relaxing route into making your own crafts. This course will embed the basic numeracy skills required to measure, convert and design your own macrame keyring. At Bedwell Community Centre, Bedwell Crescent, Stevenage, SG1 1NA. For further information and to book Tuesday 6th August from 10.30am – 12.30pm. For further information and to book click here


Saturday 10th August – Introduction to Map and Compass Reading

This one day introduction to map and compass is a practical hands-on day, showing you the skills to plan your own routes safely, be they local countryside trails or in the hills and mountains. This course is aimed at people with no navigation experience, or those looking to refresh their skills learnt a while ago but who want to get back outdoors. Equally, this course would appeal to those want to get into the countryside without relying on others, guidebooks or using easy well-defined routes. Meeting at Church Farm Cafe, Station Road, Aldbury, Tring, HP23 5RS. Saturday 10th August from 10am and finishing at 2pm. To book click here


Tuesday 13th August – Crochet with Numbers

Learn to crochet with our fun and interactive workshop.  This course will help you to brush up on your number skills whilst creating a festive item. You will learn how to read and prepare your pattern, measure and count out your material to make your special festive gift. At Hatfield Library, White Lion Square, 26-32 Town Centre, Hatfield, AL10 0LD. Tuesday 13th August from 10.30am – 12.30pm. For further information and to book click here


Monday 19th August – Introduction to Crochet

This course is aimed at complete beginners and those wishing to refresh their crochet and number skills. You will learn how to use crochet tools and create basic crochet stitches. It is also a way to help improve your number skills by counting out your stitches and chain links to make your first crochet pattern. Monday 19th August from 10am – 12 noon. At North Watford Library, St Albans Road, Watford, WD24 7RW. For further information and to book click here


Tuesday 20th August – Time Management

Improving your time management skills daily, week, month and yearly. This is for individuals who need to improve their habits and routines to ensure they are using their time as wisely as possible. An online course on Tuesday 20th August from 3pm – 5pm. For further information and to book click here


Wednesday 21st August – Sewing a Draught Excluder

How to help to reduce household fuel costs by creating an eco-friendly Draught excluder, using repurposed fabric stuffed with old unwanted towels, bedding, or clothing, for blocking a gap under a door or for a draughty windowsill. Wednesday 21st August from 11am – 1.30pm, at South Hill Centre, Cemetery Hill, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1JF. For further information and to book click here


Thursday 22nd August – Basic Digital Skills

This is a practical workshop that will take you through some basic tasks using a computer. You will learn how to use some of the functions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, email, and the internet. Thursday 22nd August from 11.15am – 1.15pm. At South Hill Centre, Cemetery Hill, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1JF. For further information and to book click here


Tuesday 27th August – Understanding your Payslip

Your payslip contains important information, including your payroll number, your gross and net pay, your tax code etc. It is important to understand your payslip and how to make sure you are being paid the right amount. This online workshop will help you to understand all information your payslip contains including your rights to a payslip. Tuesday 27th August from 2pm – 4pm. For further information and to book click here


Wednesday 28th August – Time Management

Improving your time management skills daily, week, month and yearly. This is for individuals who need to improve their habits and routines to ensure they are using their time as wisely as possible. An online course on Wednesday 28th August from 11am – 1pm. For further information and to book click here


Thursday 29th August – First Steps to Excel

This workshop will introduce you to the basics of MS Excel. You will learn: Opening/saving/closing workbooks, Spreadsheet terminology, Entering and Editing data, Formatting text, Formatting rows and columns, Number formatting, Hiding/deleting/inserting rows and columns and preparing to print. At Bedwell Community Centre, Bedwell Crescent, Stevenage, SG1 1NA. For further information and to book click here


Friday 30th August – Introduction to Multiplication and Division

This online workshop will introduce you to the multiplication and division, this course is for complete beginners to multiplication and division. Friday 30th August from 10am – 12 noon. For further information and to book click here


Friday 30th August – Revision Strategies and Exam Techniques

This online course is designed to support students studying for levels 1 and 2 functional skills maths. It will help them to approach revision for their maths test in an organised and effective way. It will discuss ways  to help manage exam nerves and ways to support them with feelings of anxiety or stress associated with sitting exams. Friday 30th August from 2pm – 4pm. For further information and to book click here


Saturday 7th September – First Aid For Babies and Children

NCT Watford have arranged another in person Baby and Child First Aid course in Kings Langley on Saturday 7th September from 10am – 1pm. Their trainer from award winning Daisy First Aid will bring models so you can have a go at CPR etc. At All Saints Church, Church Lane, Kings Langley, WD4 8JS. To book click here


Mondays, starting 9th September – Explore Your Sewing Machine

This online course will take you from the very basics, such as setting up your sewing machine and discovering what the ‘knobs’ do. You will also practice your skills by sewing four basic projects including bunting and a draw string bag. This course is aimed at people who have little or no knowledge of how to use their sewing machine and how to sew using a machine. It can also serve as a refresher for those who used to sew. Mondays from 6pm – 8pm each week. For further information and to book click here


Wednesday 11th September – How To Fund Your Business

Coming up with a business idea and starting a business can seem overwhelming and complicated. There are so many things you must consider. One of the most important elements is how to fund your business in the first place. This short online course should give you some idea of where to start. They will look at weekly accounts, they will consider several different ways of borrowing money and we will look key considerations around borrowing including APRs and loan periods. Wednesday 11th September from 12.45pm – 2.45pm. For further information and to book click here


Thursdays, starting 12th September – Hand-made Fabric Flowers

During this five-week online course you will be breathing new life into your old clothes/bedding by turning them into fabric flowers that can be framed, made into brooches, or even attached to hair bands. This course is aimed at those who want to explore how to be sustainable and turn old clothes/fabric into fabric flowers which can be used to decorate a wide number of items. Thursdays from 6pm – 8pm. For further information and to book click here


Mondays, starting 16th September – Transforming Family Life with Empathy

This online three week course starts Monday 16th September, this online course takes place on zoom in small therapeutic groups of up to 12 parents of children aged 4-10 years old living in Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire. Interactive groups with discussions and experiential exercises. Cameras must be on during the whole session. There will be short daily homework tasks each week to complete with feedback required. For further information and to book click here


Mondays, starting 16th September – Introduction to Team Leading

This introductory level online course will help you to gain a range of basic skills, knowledge and understanding of team leaders. It will equip you with information about team leader’s roles and responsibilities, introduce you to important team leading skills, including time management, equality and diversity in the workplace, goal setting and performance development. Mondays from 1pm – 3pm. For further information and to book click here


Tuesday 17th September – Helping Your Child with Phonics

This taster online course is designed to give you an overview of what ‘phonics’ is and how phonics is taught in school from age 3-7 yrs old. You will learn about Phonics terms such as ‘digraph’ and ‘segmenting’ and how to say the sounds. You will be given ideas and resources that will help develop their child’s reading and writing skills. Tuesday 17th September from 10am – 12 noon. For further information and to book click here


Wednesdays, starting 18th September – Boost Your Confidence

Improve your own levels of confidence by exploring where confidence comes from and by identifying the behaviour and characteristics of confident people. You will identify methods and strategies for increasing your confidence levels such as the use of positive thinking and self-affirmations. You will also discuss concepts such as self-efficacy, self-belief and the importance of recognising your own values, skills and abilities. An online course on Wednesdays from 9.45am – 11.45am. For further information and to book click here


Wednesdays, starting 18th September – Setting Up Your Own Business

Coming up with a business idea and starting a business can seem overwhelming and complicated. There are so many things you must consider. This online course will help you to explore different areas of self-employment including what makes a business idea successful, how to write a simple business plan, the basics of finances and budgeting, business ownership types and entrepreneurial skills. Wednesdays from 12.45pm – 2.45pm. For further information and to book click here


Thursday 19th September – Helping Your Child with Writing

On this taster course you will learn about the skills needed to enable children to become a good writer in Key Stage 1 and 2. You will be given ideas on how to make writing fun and how to encourage reluctant writers. You will be given ideas for free or low-cost sustainable resources that will help to develop children’s writing skills. At Borehamwood Library, 96 Shenley Road, Borehamwood, WD6 1EB. Thursday 19th September from 9.30am – 11.30am. For further information and to book click here


Saturday 23rd November – First Aid For Babies and Children

NCT Watford have arranged another in person Baby and Child First Aid course in Kings Langley on Saturday 23rd November from 10am – 1pm. Their trainer from award winning Daisy First Aid will bring models so you can have a go at CPR etc. At All Saints Church, Church Lane, Kings Langley, WD4 8JS. To book click here