Everyday Learning about the role of fathers in children’s early learning


By Richard Fletcher

The signs that a father’s role with babies and children is changing are all around us. Football stars are featured as ‘family men’ and advertisers use men holding babies to sell everything from nappies to cars. Fathers pushing prams or taking time off work to be with their new babies is not the rarity that it used to be. Along with these social changes has come a burst of research evidence that shows how important a father can be to his child’s development.

Even though fathers will generally spend less time at home than mothers in the first years of a child’s life they can influence their child’s mental and physical development.



Chapter topics covered in the book are:

  • the example of language skills
  • fathers understandings
  • making rough and tumble play safe
  • managing dangerous emotions.

The Role of Fathers in children’s early learning helps you to understand how fathers’ interactions can complement a mother’s caring and boost a child’s learning is an important task for everyone involved in early education.

About the Everyday Learning Series:

Early Childhood Australia’s Everyday Learning Series acknowledges that the most important early learning happens through day-to-day life experiences and provides ideas and strategies on ways educators and families can make the most of these experiences to support children’s development. By ‘making the ordinary, extraordinary’, the Everyday Learning Series is an invaluable resource for educators, students of early education, beginning practitioners, and families by assisting them in maximising young children’s play, exploration and discovery, and development within learning environments.

Subscribe to the Everyday Learning Series:

The Everyday Learning Series (EDL) is a 12 month, four-issue subscription. Subscribers also receive bonus online resources which may be shared with educators and families. Learn more here. 

ECA offers libraries and institutions a perpetual access fee. Please contact ECA directly on 1800 356 900 (free call) to obtain the licensing agreement or to order.

Additional information

Weight 0.09 kg
Dimensions 17.3 × 24.6 cm



Paperback, e-version

Year published