This material is also available in a PDF format: Positive fathering: Resources for families and staff [3MB]
Where can I go for further information?
MensLine Australia supports and empowers men to actively participate in building and sustaining healthy personal relationships that support healthy families, workplaces and communities. Information and resources for men with family or parenting concerns is available.
MensLine Australia: http://www.mensline.org.au/Home.html
Dads in the Early Years
Dads in the Early Years is a practical resource produced by Meerilinga, a non-profit organisation promoting young children’s health and wellbeing which has fact sheets on a range of issues relevant to fathering in early childhood.
- Dads in the Early Years: http://www.meerilinga.org.au/children-parenting/dads-in-the-early-years/information-sheets
- Meerilinga: http://www.meerilinga.org.au/
Relationships Australia (RA)
Relationships Australia (RA) is not-for-profit Australia-wide organisation that provides relationship support services for individuals, families and communities. RA offers services such as counselling, family dispute resolution and a range of family and community support and education programs. The following articles relating to family relationships are available on the website:
- On Being a Dad:
- Partners - A Guide to Successful Relationships:
- What about the Children? Parenting Information:
- Parenting Plan 'Share the Care' Collaborative Parenting Apart:
Relationships Australia (RA): http://www.relationships.org.au/
beyond blue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance-use disorders in Australia. Information about emotional health during pregnancy and the first 12 months of fatherhood is available for download under the ‘Postnatal Depression’ heading. Information is also available on accessing health professionals.
- beyond blue: http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx
- Emotional health during pregnancy information: http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=7.980
- Accessing health professionals information: http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=107.1007
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is USA based organisation. Its 80,000 members are teachers, administrators, parents, educators and policy makers. Young Children is a peer-reviewed professional journal published bimonthly by the NAEYC with useful and practical articles to assist families and staff care and educate young children. An article relating to involving fathers in early childhood services is also available.
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): http://www.naeyc.org/yc
- Involving fathers in early childhood services article: http://www.naeyc.org/files/tyc/file/InvolvingFathers.pdf
Families NSW is a Government strategy to enhance the health and wellbeing of children up to 8 years and their families. It does this by helping parents to build their skills and confidence in parenting, supporting parents and carers so they can respond to problems early, building communities that support children and families and improving the way agencies work together to make sure families get the services they need. A range of resources are available, including information on supporting dads.
- Families NSW: http://www.families.nsw.gov.au/
- Resources: http://www.families.nsw.gov.au/resources/resources-index.htm
- Information on supporting dads: http://www.families.nsw.gov.au/resources/dads.htm
The Raising Children Network
The Raising Children Network, funded under the Australian Government’s Stronger Families and Communities Strategy, is a national website aimed at helping families care for their children. Articles on a range of issues relevant to fathers connecting with their children include:
- Becoming a dad: a big adjustment: http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/becoming_a_dad.html
- Fathers: http://raisingchildren.net.au/fathers/fathers.html
- Men and postnatal depression: http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/men_and_postnatal_depression.html/context/305
The Raising Children Network: http://raisingchildren.net.au/
Centre for Community Child Health
The Centre for Community Child Health supports and empowers communities to improve children’s health and wellbeing. It operates clinical services, research and programs. A range of resources and publications are available, including a fact sheet on ‘Dads and childcare services’.
- Centre for Community Child Health: http://www.rch.org.au/ccch/
- Dads and childcare services factsheet: http://www.rch.org.au/emplibrary/ecconnections/CCH_P_May2006_English.pdf
Kidscount, developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation, is a website for parents and carers that provides useful information about supporting children’s development in a range of languages. The following articles relating to building family relationships are available:
- Understanding yourself as a parent: http://www.kidscount.com.au/english/chapter23.asp
- Managing parental conflict: http://www.kidscount.com.au/english/chapter25.asp
- Strong, Happy Families: http://www.kidscount.com.au/english/chapter30.asp
Bringing fathers in handbook
'Bringing fathers in handbook’ is a useful handbook for services wishing to involve fathers and male carers for the benefit of infants and children. Written by Richard Fletcher (2004) and published by University of Newcastle, Australia, the handbook provides many ideas for planning as well as practical examples.
Bringing fathers in handbook: http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/shop/details.cfm?prodid=673