Leeds children’s centres say a big thank you to dads

Children’s centres across Leeds are celebrating the important role fathers play in their children’s lives with a host of special events and projects this week.

In the run up to Father’s Day, children who attend children’s centres in Leeds are taking part in activities and projects to celebrate their dads and to encourage more fathers to get involved in their children’s early education.

Hawksworth Wood children’s centre hosted a Father’s Day garden party today (Friday 14 June) at Abbey House Museum. Dads (and mums) attended with their children and took part in activities including Dad’s story time, a raffle and an auction, and met Sherlock the police dog and Ronnie the Rhino. The families also got free entry into the museum.

Other celebrations across the city include:

Boston Spa and Wetherby children’s centres are holding a family fun session on Saturday 15 June between 10am and 2pm with a Father’s Day theme.

Little London children’s centre is holding a storytelling and craft session on 17 June at 10.30 – 12.30.

Kentmere and Seacroft children’s centres are both holding craft and story time session on Saturday 15 June between 10 am and 2pm.

Farsley and Calverley are holding a dads Stay and Play session on Saturday 15 June between 10 am and 12pm.

Otley children’s centre is holding a dads arts and craft session on Saturday 29 June.

Chapletown and Shepherd’s Lane children’s centres are holding a dad’s football match on Tuesday 2 July.

Leeds City Council’s early years service is keen to encourage more dads and male carers to get involved in their children’s early development, and Early Start – the health visiting service based at children’s centres, is currently working towards the ‘Father Inclusive Charter Mark’ award.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services said:

“It is great that children’s centres are celebrating Father’s Day with such fantastic events and not just sending out cards. We are really keen to attract all parents and carers to take part in activities at children’s centres throughout the year and this is a great example of an event where everyone can get together and have fun.”

Some children’s centres already host regular sessions just for dads and male carers, such as ‘SaturDads’ at Cross Gates and Manston children’s centre. SaturDads sessions are held once a month at Crossgates Library and comprise of male carers sharing rhymes, stories, taking part in craft activities and other activities based on a theme. The sessions help dads get more involved with their children’s learning and also help them access other services, such as enrolling with the children’s centre, Early Start, libraries and the Bookstart scheme. Over the coming year the SaturDads scheme will also be touring around children’s centres and libraries across the city.


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