We asked five men who work in early years education why they choose this career, how they got into it, and what it’s been like for them so far.

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Russell Hagan, 46, from Southport, is a newly qualified early years teacher. Read more here.

Jamel Carly Campbell, 32, from London, is a freelance early years consultant. Read more here.

Michael Walker-Takacs, 33, from Liverpool, is a nursery manager. Read more here.

Julian Sandford, 48, from Barnet, is an early years educator and forest school leader. Read more here.

Charlie Parker, 22, from Lincolnshire, is a pre-school room supervisor. Read more here.