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

Let’s get more men into early years education this National Apprenticeship Week

It’s National Apprenticeship Week and the MITEY campaign is calling for more early years providers and training organisations to reach out and recruit more male apprentices. We are working with Kids Planet Day Nurseries, to help them recruit and retain a cohort of 12 male apprentices as part of a project funded by Greater Manchester … Continue reading Let’s get more men into early years education this National Apprenticeship Week