Are you a man working in early years education (a #MITEY man!)? Maybe you manage a nursery or pre-school – or a chain of them – or have some other professional interest in getting more men into this line of work? Perhaps you are just someone who cares about gender diversity and wants their children or grandchildren to be educated and looked after by a mixed-gender workforce? Whoever you are, welcome to the MITEY campaign.

The proportion of UK early years education professionals who are male is tiny (the latest figure is 3%), and has barely grown in the last 20 years. We want to change that, and this website sits at the centre of our growing campaign. We will be updating the website with new resources during 2019-20.

And today (4 September 2019) we are launching a consultation about the next steps for our campaign.

We believe that Britain’s children deserve a high quality, gender-diverse Early Years workforce:

  • To show children that we can all be caregivers/ educators
  • To reflect and engage with the community it serves
  • To give more men the chance to take part in this amazing work, and
  • To ensure that children are looked after and educated by the best possible professionals, unlimited by gender.

We want to remove the infrastructural, cultural and other barriers that get in the way. For this, we need to get lots of different people, in lots of different organisations, working together for the same common goal.

Right now, as we start out on this journey, we need to connect with our ‘constituency’. That’s you. We’d like to ask you to take some simple actions, that will help us show how much support there is for our agenda; define our purpose more clearly; and choose our earliest battles:

  1. Join our campaign
  2. Sign our Charter
  3. Tell us what you think of our MITEY goals – and add your own. Your responses will help us decide which priorities to pursue, and how to make them stick. Just download the MITEY Goals document below, fill it in and return it to us before the 31 October.

Please do take the time to support us in these ways – and we promise to keep you up to date with developments as they occur.