2021 Theme - Play, Imagine, Learn

2021 Theme - Play, Imagine, Learn

The 2021 Family Learning Festival theme is Play, Imagine, Learn.


Learning as a family helps us to become confident, lifelong learners. It helps children develop essential skills and achieve at school. It helps parents to reconnect to learning and transform their lives. Family learning can help families tackle disadvantage and improve their life chances.

This year's theme aims to inspire a love of learning through play and imagination. Play is fundamental to a child’s development. Through play children learn about themselves, those closest to them, and the wider world.

Imaginative play improves children’s social, physical, and emotional well-being. Not only is imaginative play fun and engaging it can help children, young people and adults to develop key skills in numeracy, reading and writing. Play is a great way to bring the family together, providing plenty of opportunities to bond while having fun and learning together.


Why should you take part?


Participating organisations report a wide range of benefits from taking part in the Festival. Our last large scale survey showed:

  • 79% of Family Learning Festival organisers reached new audiences as a result of their activities.

  • 74% of organisers developed new learning opportunities through involvement in the Festival.

  • 55% of organisations developed new partnerships.

  • 73% of organisers ran events that were attended by disadvantaged families or families at risk of social exclusion.

  • 84% of organisations highlighted further learning opportunities as part of their activities.

  • 96% of organisations indicated they would get involved in Family Learning Festival again.