Yorkshire actor Chris Walker launches FRED (Fathers Reading Every Day)

Actor Chris Walker, front, during the FRED event, with dads and children at Yearsley Grove School

Actor Chris Walker, front, during the FRED event, with dads and children at Yearsley Grove School

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Education reporter

A NEW project being launched at primary schools in York is encouraging fathers to read more to their children.

Yorkshire actor Chris Walker, who is currently starring in daytime TV soap opera Doctors, and has previously been in Coronation Street and The Bill, dropped in at Yearsley Grove School off Huntington Road to read to three and four-year-olds with their dads.

He was there to help launch FRED (Fathers Reading Every Day), a national programme being taken up by a number of city primaries.

Head teacher Eve Morris said: “It gives our young dads and their children a male role model, who they see isn’t scared to read. It is about promoting skills for life and we want to raise the profile of reading. It’s important to get children into reading while they are young.

“With boys especially, if you miss the chance to inspire them with a book it’s often more difficult getting them inspired when they are older.”

Adele Sigston, reception teacher and one of the FRED programme leaders at Yearsley, said: “It’s a four-week programme for dads and they have to go away and read every night over a four-week period for five minutes a night for the first two weeks and then ten minutes a night for the second part of the month.

“The idea is that they keep going with this to create a life-long love of reading in their children.”

Miss Morris said, although Chris had no direct links to the school, he was very keen to take part. Chris said: “My children are grown up, they are 18 and 21, but I used to make stories up for them. It’s about the kids making their own images in their minds.”

Dad Andy King, who attended the session with his four-year-old son, William, said: “We read together already.

“He likes the Gruffalo. I have four kids aged 11, nine, seven and then William, four and I have read with all of them. My eldest lad likes reading technical books. I don’t think it matters what the subject is so long as they are reading.”

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10:36am Sat 18 Jan 14

CLAIRELAURAINE says...

A nice idea but unfortunately not all the children will have a dad in their lives.
A nice idea but unfortunately not all the children will have a dad in their lives. CLAIRELAURAINE
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9:09pm Sat 18 Jan 14

missbrightside says...

The FRED Project has been developed by the Fatherhood Institute. They are trying to raise the profile of the positive impact male carers can have on childrens learning and development. They refer to 'fathers'as any male role model within the family. E.g. step dads, grandfathers, uncles or even older siblings. Mothers are not excluded from this project either.
The FRED Project has been developed by the Fatherhood Institute. They are trying to raise the profile of the positive impact male carers can have on childrens learning and development. They refer to 'fathers'as any male role model within the family. E.g. step dads, grandfathers, uncles or even older siblings. Mothers are not excluded from this project either. missbrightside
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7:57am Mon 20 Jan 14

MrsHoney says...

Great idea. My husband used to read to his son every night when he stayed with us. My step son never showed much interest in reading but once he reached a certain age my husband said if he wanted to finish the Harry Potter books he'd have to read them himself. It worked, my step son is 18 now, an avid reader and has even been writing a book of his own for the past couple of years. In addition, my husband missed reading to his son so started reading books he liked and now consumes them at a vast rate. It benefitted both of them (plus it gave me a bit of 'me' time in the evenings - lol).
Great idea. My husband used to read to his son every night when he stayed with us. My step son never showed much interest in reading but once he reached a certain age my husband said if he wanted to finish the Harry Potter books he'd have to read them himself. It worked, my step son is 18 now, an avid reader and has even been writing a book of his own for the past couple of years. In addition, my husband missed reading to his son so started reading books he liked and now consumes them at a vast rate. It benefitted both of them (plus it gave me a bit of 'me' time in the evenings - lol). MrsHoney
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