A parliamentary inquiry into parenting and social mobility has called on the next government to do more to encourage the UK’s early years services to engage with men – and to fund a national reading campaign for dads and children.
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.
Jeremy Davies writes:
New evidence from ‘Read On. Get On.’, a Save the Children campaign launching today, suggests the need has never been greater for dads to read regularly with their children.
Martin Andrews, dads support worker at Grandpont Children’s Centre in Oxfordshire, writes:
I organise regular fortnightly Saturday morning stay and play sessions with male carers.
We asked dads in south London to tell us what they thought about Fathers Reading Every Day – our supported reading programme for schools, nurseries and children’s centres.
The Livity School is a primary school for children with complex needs, including global learning delay, cerebral palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, epilepsy and other medical conditions.