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ERIC Number: EJ864988
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0957-5146
"People Are Suspicious of Us": A Critical Examination of Father Primary Carers and English Early Childhood Services
Roberts-Holmes, Guy P.
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v29 n3 p281-291 Oct 2009
Positive father involvement and investment in the early years is of importance for children's later emotional, cognitive and social well-being. This article critically examines the multiple motivations and barriers experienced by the growing number of father primary carers. The small-scale research study presented suggests that for a "positive culture shift" towards fathers in the UK to occur, early childhood services need to question the extent to which they are "father friendly". Research suggests that policy initiatives such as a "Daddy month" (found in Canada and most Nordic countries) may encourage much needed attitudinal shifts towards fathers by legitimizing their caring activities. Other initiatives that encourage father primary carers in their role may include the recruitment of professional male early childhood workers. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)