MITEY is run by the Fatherhood Institute.

Although the two projects are separate, MITEY has synergy, and works closely with, the GenderEYE study, based at the University of Lancaster.

We are a national network and campaign which works to bring more men into the early years education workforce, and support them once they are part of it.

We launched in May 2019, supported by £30,000 of funding from the Department for Education to produce a series of resources (all housed on this website) on behalf of the UK early years sector, including a national MITEY conference, which we held in central London in September.

Project lead

MITEY is led by Dr Jeremy Davies, FRSA, Head of Communications at the Fatherhood Institute and Co-Investigator on the ESRC-funded GenderEYE (Gender Diversification in Early Years Education) study. Jeremy was Deputy Chair of the Department for Education’s Gender Diversity Task and Finish Group (GDTFG), which ran from 2017-18, and is a member of the Fawcett Society’s Commission on Gender Stereotypes in Early Childhood.


Steering group members

David Wright, Owner of Paintpots Nurseries Southampton; Founder of Southampton Men in Early Years and of the Families First charity; and former Chair of the DfE GDTFG.


Dr Jo Warin, Reader in Gender and Social Relationships in Education at the University of Lancaster Department of Educational Research, and Principal Investigator on the GenderEYE study.


Professor Averil Macdonald OBE, Emeritus Professor of Science Engagement at the University of Reading, former Regional Director of the HE STEM Programme and former Director and creator of resources for the WISE Campaign.


Shaddai Tembo, Postgraduate Researcher at the University of the West of Scotland, Trustee for Early Education, Writer at Critical Early Years and former Director of the Bristol Men in Early Years Network.


Mark Deyzel, Early Years Consultant, former Chair of London Early Years Foundation Men in Childcare, former Nursery Manager of five nurseries, with a passion for action research.


Nicole Ponsford, CEO and Co-Founder of the The Gender Equality Collective. Nic is an educational and technology thought leader, Harvard author (TechnoTeaching), award-winning teacher, TES columnist and EdTech50 Judge.