Support For Parents - DADS SUPPORT GROUP

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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 centred environments.

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 for nursery.

Group Aims

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 groups run?

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 charge?

No, the groups are free.

How can I access this group?

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: