FATHERS joined their kids at Richmond Hill Community Preschool yesterday for some bonding time leading up to Father's Day.

Dad Zenon Kowalczyk and his daughter Ayla made a mosaic coaster, did some woodworking and enjoyed throwing beanbags at a target.

"I work full time at the moment so it's good to have these days dedicated to fathers," he said.

"It's kind of a hard thing because my partner is always down here.

"I miss out on a lot ... I only see the occasional paintings brought home."

Father and volunteer organiser of the day Steve Cooper said it was important for dads to get involved in their kids' lives.

HAPPY Dad: Zenon Kowalczyk, of Richmond Hill with his daughter Ayla, 4, at the Richmond Hill Community Preschool as part of a Fathers Day Celebration.
HAPPY Dad: Zenon Kowalczyk, of Richmond Hill with his daughter Ayla, 4, at the Richmond Hill Community Preschool as part of a Fathers Day Celebration. Marc Stapelbergmarc Stapelberg

"We've set up some craft stations ... just to involve the dads and get them to see what happens on a daily basis at preschool," Mr Cooper said.

Held at the Roy Waddell Community Centre, the preschool runs two days a week on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Acting director of the preschool, Shae Bleakley, said the father-child day was open to not only fathers, but anyone else the kids thought special in their lives.

"We invited the fathers, grandparents and other special people," she said.

"Fathers are great at instilling confidence and allowing children the space to just have a go."

Ms Bleakley said the event not only celebrated dads in time for Father's Day but it also showed the importance of community collaboration for a child's learning.



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