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Fathers Fly with Butterfly Wings

20/05/2014
​Butterfly Wings is a parent/ child program held every Wednesday morning during school terms at Edge Hill State School. This supportive learning community encourages parent participation and engages children in early literacy and numeracy development. The opportunity for parents to build bonds with their children, through rhyme, song and storytelling, and to connect with other parents is attractive to both fathers and mothers alike.
Over the three years we have offered the program we have seen a steady increase in participation. In particular we have observed more and more fathers becoming involved. On any given week we see as many as seven or eight fathers joining in with their young children, marching to the Grand Old Duke of York and performing actions while singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. It is an encouraging sight.
These dads come from a range of backgrounds, including those who use english as a second language. Many Butterfly Wings dads are stay-at-home fathers and some are fly-in/ fly-out workers who attend whenever they are home. We even see fathers who are taking time off work especially to participate in the program. As fathers become more involved in parenting their children there is a need for many fathers to build confidence.
These dads are playing an active parenting role and building positive, secure and caring relationships with their children. Butterfly Wings is helping by providing a supportive environment for parents and children to learn and grow together.