Family Centre


St Matthew’s is fortunate to have a family worker in The Beehive Language and Family Centre (BLCF). The BLCF is located on Hightown Road and is opposite Snowdrop and Rabbit classes.

The family worker arranges courses and sessions for parents. At the moment, we offer ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and pre-school sessions like Stay & Play and Rhyme Time.

If you need further information about what is happening in the Family Centre, contact Shaheen Hanif, St Matthew’s Family Worker, on 01582 723970. Watch out for what’s on via the website or Parentmail.

If you have an individual concern about your child’s learning, a parenting issue or anything else, Shaheen can provide advice. Please contact her to make an appointment.


  1. This was the first time I am attending the rhymes class with my 2 year old child … My child just loved it the way Shaheen engaged with the rhymes was fantastic to see…

    Loved the overall session and more. Way to go👍

  2. It’s really a good start to socialize for babies at the early age.
    Nice fun loving time and Ms Shaheen is superb.
    Kids are playing, having little snack time and Enjoying the music is really a good start of the day.

  3. Today was my first experience at Stay and Play.
    It was wonderful, my son really enjoyed it.
    Thanks to Mrs Hanif for making it an amazing experience.
    Looking forward to coming regularly.

  4. Hello just like to say thank you to Mrs Shaheen Hanif for the Christmas presents the kids were so happy from Aleena’s mum Beech Class

  5. Want to know more about stay and play activity
    As i am very new here so don’t have an exact idea
    How to connect & whom to connect to join this.

    1. Either come in or phone the school during school hours and ask for Mrs Hanif who is our family worker. She will have all the information you need.

  6. I did not know where to turn and had tried to get help from various places including citizen advice about my families housing needs. Things had got really bad and it was affecting my health and my children. I was told to speak to one of the family workers by my daughters teacher. The family worker I spoke to made a few calls on my behalf and was able to negotiate a discretionary payment to help with my rent. She also wrote a letter for me to take to housing. Without the help my family would have had to move home and my children possibly attend a different school. I can not say how grateful I am for the support. The family workers made me feel at ease and I felt a massive relief that I was being listened to and understood. Thank you again.

    1. Sing and Sign on Mondays at 2-3pm costing £1
      Stay and Play on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8.45-10.30am and Thursday at 2-3pm each session costing 20p or a donation to the Foodbank

      Take a look at the Family Centre Blog for what’s going on

  7. I have been going to stay and play for over 3 years now, the staff are really nice and give you lots of advice, both my children had lots of fun, playing, getting messy, making things, snack time meeting new parents and children and also singing with the music man Charlie.

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