Countdown to Fathers' Story Week
There's less than a week to go before Fathers’ Story Week, but it’s not too late for you to register for our free resources.
This year our focus is on reading together – which is one of the best ways for dads to help their children do well in life.
Join almost 1,500 primary schools, children's centres and other family learning settings who’ve already signed up, and show dads how much they matter to their children on 10-16 June!
And even if you’ve registered yourself, don’t forget to get dads to register themselves, so they can download free resources including top tips on how to read the perfect bedtime story, and how to cope when your child is a reluctant reader.
Tell us about your FSW
Please send us some details of what you’re up to for Fathers’ Story Week - we need evidence of what you’re all doing, to help us bid for funding to make FSW2014 even bigger and better! Please email a description to Jeremy Davies firstname.lastname@example.org. You can even send us photos (but please make sure you have everyone’s permission to share them with us)!
Right said FRED
Now’s also the time to sign up for Fathers Reading Every Day – our brilliant new reading programme for schools and early years settings, which can help you get dads into the habit of reading with their children and supporting their education in other ways.
According to research by Booktrust, only one in eight dads takes the lead on reading with their children. There’s a wealth of evidence showing that children whose fathers read with them regularly and support their education in other ways, do better in all sorts of ways – including higher grades and better behaviour.
FRED can really help. In the US it has been shown to improve children’s reading accuracy, comprehension and rate of reading; their writing; and their behaviour. It can also improve attainment in maths – and acts as a great ‘way in’ to establishing wider engagement with fathers.
Here in the UK we're already offering FRED in five local authorities – and now your school or early years setting can sign up too. Find out more here.
Dads in children's books
We’re writing a blog for Inclusive Minds about the importance of positive father characters in books for children and young people. We’d love to know who your favourites are – and the ones you love to hate. Geppetto, Sheriff Pa or Daddy Pig – who will you choose? Cast your vote in our Facebook poll.
Fathersí Story Week and FRED are managed by the
Fatherhood Institute, Unit 1, Warren Courtyard, Savernake, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 3UU.
Registered Charity No 1075104