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News, policy, research and practice articles of relevance for professionals working within early years services, such as Health Visiting, Sure Starts and Family Centres, with a focus on engaging successfully with fathers in those settings.

FI research » Early years
7 November 2014
Babies do better when planned by both parents Husbands who understand the risk of pregnancy complications will support their wife’s use of appropriate services Mother-to-child transmission of HIV can be prevented when mothers stick to their medication supported by their husbands or partners. 
FI research » Early years
7 November 2014
• The time spent by fathers in reading to very young children is the strategy most consistently associated with their early reading and writing skills (Clark, 2009) • When fathers of 1-2 year olds read lots of books to them, their children tend to be more interested in books later (Lyytinen et al, 1998). 
FI research » Early years
7 November 2014
‘Making men into fathers’ is generally best achieved by providing substantial opportunities for caretaking right from the beginning Father-infant bonding is stronger when dads develop their own ways of doing things. 
Practice » Early years
16 October 2014
The Fatherhood Institute has produced two new resources for the Institute of Health Visiting, to help their members improve the service they provide to families with young children. 
External research » Early years
Practice » Early years
14 October 2014
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. 
External research » Early years
Practice » Early years
13 October 2014
  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.