Dads and Carers

Dads are always very welcome to come to Communityworks with their children and there are often dads attending groups, so please don’t think you will be the only one! It is important for dads to get involved in their children’s learning and development. We want dads who have a child in nursery to take an active interest in what their child is doing. Dads are very welcome to attend the parent workshops and we actively encourage it. See below if you have any doubt about investing your time with this:

Research proves that children have a better chance in life if their dad is actively involved in their parenting.

“Researchers from the University of Oxford studied 194 families to determine whether a father’s early interaction with his child had an effect on their behaviour later on in life.

They observed the way fathers interacted with their children at home when they were three months old and compared this against the child’s behaviour at 12 months.

The findings showed that children whose fathers were more engaged in the interactions had better outcomes and less behavioural problems. However, children whose fathers were more distant, lost in their own thoughts or interacted less with them were more likely to have behavioural problems at 12 months old.

Boys were more affected by their father’s lack of interaction than girls.

The authors suggest that fathers who are in a more troubled relationship with their partner may find it more challenging to engage with their children.

Dr Paul Ramchandi, who led the study, said, ‘Focusing on a child’s first few months is important as this is a crucial period for development and a child is very susceptible to environmental influences, such as the quality of parental care and interaction.

‘Our research adds to a growing body of evidence that suggests that intervening early to help parents can make a positive impact on how their child develops.’”

Nursery World August 2012

So what does this mean for families living in our area?

Boys in this area on average do significantly less well than girls in tests set at the end of reception. These tests provide the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile scores which are an indicator as to whether children have a ‘good level of development’ across different areas of learning. The provisional scores for boys for 2015 in this area show boys are struggling. Encouraging fathers to take a much more active role in parenting could help to raise achievement levels for boys.