Engaging Fathers in Early Childhood Services

Last month, Lucy Tully from Australia released a paper she wrote that aims to highlight the importance of engaging fathers in early childhood services, and to provide practical tips that practitioners can use to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence in engaging fathers. It finds that involving fathers (along with mothers) in early childhood services provides an opportunity to obtain comprehensive information about parenting and child wellbeing. It is also a chance to provide support to both parents, which may enhance outcomes for children, parents and families.

The paper provides research, resources, and six key practitioner tips to enhance the engagement of fathers in early childhood services.

See also the rich resources on father involvement from First Call coalition member, BC Council for Families, including multilingual materials and a focus on supporting Aboriginal fathers.