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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 | Leave a comment
• 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 | 2 comments
‘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 | Leave a comment
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 | Leave a comment
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 | 2 comments
  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. 
13 October 2014 | Leave a comment
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).