Nick Clegg’s proposal to equalise payments for new dads and mums who take parenting leave is a welcome sign that the shared parental leave arrangements coming on stream in April 2015 could be a game-changer.
The regulations still leave it open for individual companies to decide how much they will pay mums and dads, but the government’s decision to lead the way by announcing that the Civil Service will enhance mums’ and dads’ pay to the same level raises the bar. Read the full story »
Primary school children who took part with their fathers in a simple literacy intervention promoted by the Fatherhood Institute, have been shown to have made better progress at reading, writing and numeracy.
An evaluation of father-inclusiveness training for health visitors and community practitioners has found significant improvements in knowledge and attitudes, and changes in practice, among course participants.
Shared Parental Leave is a new right that will give eligible dads and mums (see below for more details on eligibility) more choice over how to share the earning and caring after their child is born (or placed with them through adoption).
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‘When I see my children at the weekend they say, “We don’t want to go to McDonald’s – can we read stories instead?”.’
You probably already know how important dads can be to their children’s learning – and if you don’t, you can find out here.
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The Fatherhood Institute and leading experts from US and UK universities say a ‘game change’ is needed in the commissioning, design and evaluation of parenting programmes, to get fathers more involved and thus improve child outcomes and value-for-money.