Dads get ‘rowdy’

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A DONCASTER nursery has set up an unusual scheme to urge dads and male carers to get involved in their child’s education.

The Warren Nursery, which is run by Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), held the ‘Rowdy Robots’ events at its site in Balby.

Fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles and other caregivers encouraged to work with their children to build their very own rowdy robot out of everyday items such as boxes, buttons and bottle lids.

Nursery nurse Lisa Stacey, who ran the course, said: “Research suggests that children do better when their father – or a father-figure – is involved in their education.

“These events give man and child the opportunity to build strong bonds with each other and the nursery practitioner, while having lots of fun.”

STAFF at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) were bombarded with awards for achievement this week at the organisation’s annual members’ meeting (AMM) and staff awards ceremony.

The event was held at the Warde Aldam Centre, Doncaster Deaf Trust, Doncaster, where RDaSH chairman Madeleine Keyworth presented staff with special awards for outstanding achievement over the past year.

Staff were asked to nominated colleagues for seven award categories: clinical team of the year, clinician of the year, support team of the year, partnership working award, individual supporting role, and patient experience and carer involvement.

A special chairman’s award was also given to the winner judged to be most outstanding overall.

The adult mental health occupational therapy team received this accolade this year, as well as winning the clinical team category.

Madeleine Keyworth said: “This annual celebration is always special. The achievements of staff over the year have been many and varied, and all have contributed to the high quality the Trust provides to our service users.

“It has been a hard decision as to who should win, as this year’s entries were excellent.

“Events like this give us a chance to celebrate and reflect on all the work that is going on every day across the Trust and enables us highlight our achievements and tell everyone what talented and committed staff we have.”