• Providing support and services to dads/male carers who are involved in the care of their children.


    • Stay and Play

      We have weekly Dads Stay and Play sessions at our Penicuik and Mayfield Family Learning Centres, Saturday mornings from 10-11:30. These are free ‘drop in’ fun packed play sessions for dads, granddads and male carers with their children. Our approach has an emphasis on nature, developing confidence of dads and kids, peer support, promoting child centred play, storytelling and song! The play groups are open to kids aged 0 -5 years.

    • Peer Support

      We also have a Dads Peer Support Group that meet over Zoom, which promotes respectful dialogue and discussion to help understand and solve problems. Dads develop a programme of activities they would like to do in each session. In the past, this has included group discussions, first aid, introductions to parenting courses, yoga, wood burning, wild wood trips, pitch and putt, allotment work, trips to castles and walking along beaches.

    • One to One Support

      Dads can be supported on a one to one basis on a range of issues that may impact on dads parenting and/or their child’s lives.

    • Dads2b

      Dads2b is an NHS initiative that Midlothian Sure Start work in partnership with. It is a free 5 week Dads antenatal class that cover topics such as pregnancy, pain relief, delivery, feeding, sleep, changing, bathing, dressing babies, postnatal depression, brain development, first Aid and a load of other practical advice.
      The weekly course is currently based over Zoom on a Tuesday Night 6:30-8:30pm.
      To book a space, use the button below to register on our Eventbrite page.

    • Parenting Courses

      All Midlothian Sure Start parenting courses are dad-inclusive and open to parents of all ages. Throughout the year we provide various parenting courses that are directed specifically to dads. Some examples of courses we have run are Baby Massage, Raising Children with Confidence, Incredible Years, Wild Dads, Peep, Antenatal Peep and Storytelling.
      Follow us on facebook @MidSureStart.01 where future courses will be advertised.

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