What is Dads Support?
Dads Support Groups are an opportunity for dads who
have children under the age of 3 years to spend
quality time with their children, to play and
experience fun, new activities in friendly, child
The dads can socialise with other fathers in their
community who also have child care responsibilities.
The dads can ask advice on all child care related
topics to the two members of qualified staff
facilitating the session. These groups allow the
dads the chance to play with their children in a
friendly environment full of play activities and
experiences. The groups also allow the children to
mix with others their own age aiding their social
and emotional development and preparing older ones
The groups are organised to allow the children
freedom to play in the setting at their own will.
Activities on offer range from outings to local
parks, messy and indoor play and also puzzles and
sand and water activities. A snack is provided
during the session and children are encouraged to
wash hands and sit together.
There is no set programme but fathers choose the
activities and the structure of the group.
Who would benefit
from this group?
Any men with child care responsibilities are welcome
to come along to the group. The dads who have
attended have aged from teenagers to grandfathers
and they may have attended for different reasons but
the children in their care are glad they did.
Where are the
The Dads groups currently running are:
Livingston Dads Group - Livingston Family
Centre, Jackson Place, Livingston - every
Wednesday, 1.00pm to 2.30pm
Men Behaving Dadly - Whitdale Family Centre,
Whitburn - every Thursday, 1.45pm to 3.15pm
Is there a
No, the groups are free.
How can I access
The groups are accessed by contacting the Family
Centres involved or Sure Start - see below.
Unfortunately we do not operate a drop-in service as
we require prior notice before attending: