"Are dads missing out on sure start?"
About: Stapleford Children's Centre Stapleford Children's Centre Stapleford NG9 8PD
Posted by Lion (as ),
I have accessed sure start since the birth of my son and have really valued the experience of the groups they run along with the courses I have attended and the guidance they have offered.
The groups have helped support me as a first time mum and given me the opportunity to meet with other mum which has been invaluable.
The courses like first aid and baby massage have built my confidence as well as being very informative.
The guidance I have received has been second to none. The sure start team have been so supportive and have really helped me with finding help through one of the toughest times of my life, becoming a single parent to my baby boy; I can't thank them enough.
The one thing I think is missing from the service is the options for dads to attend; while I know everyone is welcome, dads often work and so their only available time is at weekends. Sure start was part of my bonding process with my little boy and I really feel that dads and working mums miss out.... I certainly feel like I would benefit from a weekend session at Surestart Stapleford but I do think that dads need their own seperate session.
The father of my son needs somewhere he can learn to play with his son, somewhere he can build confidence and I can't think of a better place than the place that helped and supported me, Stapleford Surestart. If there was flexibility at weekends maybe even the incredible years course too it would be a great opportunity.