The fact that men make up only 3% of the early years workforce in England (and 4% in Scotland) is the starkest of reminders that despite decades of progress, we still have a long way to go before we achieve anything approaching full gender equality in the UK.
But why should we care? What are the benefits for children of being cared for and educated by men as well as women? What difference could men make?
Here at the MITEY campaign we don’t pretend to know all the answers – and it’s clear that more research will be needed, as more men join the workforce, to explore their impacts.
But we DO know that a lot of the rhetoric and arguments one hears about men in the early years are based on flawed and questionable assumptions about supposed differences between men and women – and that if left unchallenged, they will likely hinder our attempts to diversify the workforce.
So we’ve put together 10 Myths about Men In The Early Years….to stimulate discussion and hopefully get us moving in the right direction. It could be a great ‘way in’ to get your team reflecting on gender in a team meeting, perhaps.
You can download it for free below. We hope you find it useful.