Still at 3%: a quarter-century of inertia

In 1998 England’s early years workforce was 2% male. The figure is now 3% (Source: Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers (2021) summarised on page 82 of this DFE report). So 2023 marks 25 years of almost no progress – at a national level at least – towards a more gender-diverse early years sector. … Continue reading Still at 3%: a quarter-century of inertia

One man’s MITEY story

Sometimes a piece of feedback catches you off-guard and makes you realise that what you do is worthwhile. Below is an email we received last week, from a practitioner we’ve never met or worked with, but who has obviously been touched by our work. We share it here simply because we are really proud to … Continue reading One man’s MITEY story

MITEY + PACEY: Together for Two

As part of the Department for Education funded Together for Two Project in England, we were invited by PACEY (the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years) to partner with them in challenging perceptions about childcare roles, delivering careers-in-childcare sessions, and talking directly to Job Centres about the opportunities that are available to men.  Find … Continue reading MITEY + PACEY: Together for Two

A letter to Nick Fletcher MP

Dear Mr Fletcher Yes, we absolutely need boys to have positive role models, including teachers in early years, primary and secondary education, as mentioned in your speech at Westminster Hall, subsequent Twitter statement and in media articles like this from Sky News. But it’s unhelpful to make this about replacing ‘absent fathers’, who are far … Continue reading A letter to Nick Fletcher MP

MITEY2019 conference presentations

More than 140 delegates attended our #MITEY2019 conference in central London on 4 September 2019, and 98% of respondents to our evaluation said they were highly satisfied (68%) or satisfied (30%) with the day. Here are a few of their comments: Your plan and vision is brilliant. Keep pushing. It was a wonderful combination of … Continue reading MITEY2019 conference presentations

Settings must back men on nappy-changing, says DfE

The Department for Education has issued a clear statement to early years settings, that they should not give in to parents’ requests for male practitioners to be excluded from providing intimate care to their young children. Speaking at the 4th National MITEY Conference in London on 4 September, Susie Owen, Deputy Director of Early Years … Continue reading Settings must back men on nappy-changing, says DfE