Friday, 16 April 2010

Dads matter - get them involved with Fathers' Story Week

Timed to coincide with Fathers’ Day (20 June 2010), Fathers’ Story Week (14 to 20 June 2010) is a fantastic opportunity for nurseries, pre-schools and primary schools to get fathers and children working and spending time together in support of their children’s learning and development.

We hope that you and your team will get involved, have fun and at the same time get to know more of the dads in your locality. Please pass this e-mail onto at least 2 colleagues in early years and schools so that they too can get involved and make a positive impact on father-child and parental relationships.

To find out more visit the Fathers’ Story Week website at to download FREE resources, lesson and session plans and ideas to cover a whole week’s worth of activities, which will be fun for children and their fathers, grandfathers and father-figures.

Did you know….

• Positive engagement between father and child is linked to higher IQ at age 7 and 11, and better exam results at 16?
• The more a father reads to his 1-2 year old, the greater the child’s interest in books later?
• Fathers exert greater influence than mothers on boys’ educational choices?

Through Fathers’ Story Week you can get your dads more involved with projects matched to the Early Years Foundation Stage learning and development requirements and Key Stage 1 and 2 National Curriculum - and along the way, show mums, dads and children that you value fathers’ role.

To download our FREE resources and read more about why fathers are so important to their children’s learning and development, visit Whilst you are there visit the supporters’ page( see who has endorsed this fantastic new initiative.

May we once again urge you to pass this information onto at least 2 colleagues in schools and the early years sector, the more settings that are involved the greater the impact. 

Elaine Hanzak

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