How do I sign up?
Click on the REGISTER NOW button at the top of the website.
How much does it cost?
The Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered CLASSIC program is FREE. The EXPLORER AND WEEKENDER programs have an associated cost to cover food and accommodation during the overnight stay at the Office of Sport, Sport and Recreation Centre.
Please see the Office of Sport website for further detail.
When can I attend a Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered program?
For more information or to register for future programs across NSW, please visit the Office of Sport website.
To register your interest for future Newcastle based programs click on the REGISTER NOW button at the top of the website.
How long does the program go for?
Please see here for detail.
Can I do the program with multiple daughters?
Yes, but from past experience we would suggest dads attend with just the one daughter at a time to get the most out of the program.
How old does my daughter need to be to participate?
Your daughter must be attending primary school between kindergarten - Year 6.
Can my family come along to the sessions?
For CLASSIC and EXPLORER program variants, Week 4 is Family week. Family members are invited along to experience one of the Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered sessions together.
The remainder of the program is for the dad and registered daughter only.
Can I still do the program if I don’t participate in regular physical activity?
Absolutely, the program caters for all fitness levels and abilities. We would love to have you involved.
Can I do the program more than once?
Yes, there is no limit to how many program you attend, however preference will be given to new families.
Do I need to attend all sessions?
Each session covers a different topic. To maximise the positive impact of the program we recommend attendance to all sessions.
Fathers have an important influence on children’s health and wellbeing, however, they are significantly underrepresented in health promotion programs targeting parents. A recent review of all parenting programs delivered internationally showed that only 6% of participants were fathers.
The Daughters and Dads program is indeed the first program to ever target the Daughter and Dad dyad. There have been more than 20 Mother and Daughter programs. Emerging research has also shown that children may independently and uniquely benefit from positive male involvement.
Can my daughter still participate if she doesn't have a Dad in her life or available?
Absolutely, we welcome her attendance with a significant male figure in her life. This might be a step-father, grandfather, uncle, older brother or trusted family friend.
The program is designed to educate and motivate male role models as the agent for changing a girls' physical activity levels, sport skills and social-emotional wellbeing. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept daughters attending the program with their mothers (other than for week 4 family week, described above).
What about mothers?
Parent-child programs have predominantly targeted and engaged mothers. When programs are open to both parents, very few dads will sign up. Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered is designed to specifically engage fathers or father figures only so that they are more likely to be involved.
Mums/partners and other family members are invited to participate in the Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered ‘Classic' and 'Explorer’ programs in family week where they attend a fun and interactive session with the dads and daughters.
Mums/partners are also encouraged to engage with the program home tasks, have discussion with their partner and daughter and are welcome to complete home activities with any of their other children.
Do you have any other programs for younger children?
Yes, Healthy Youngsters, Healthy Dads engages fathers and their pre-school-aged children to improve family physical activity and nutrition. This program is currently available in the Newcastle region until late 2020, please see the website for detail on registration.