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Men in Early Years Settings


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About the Authors. Acknowledgements. Glossary/Abbreviations. Introduction. 1. Men in the Early Years - where are we at?. 2. Reasons for the 2%ers. 3. What is it like for men working in the Early Years?. 4. Do we need men? Do they make a difference?. 5. Exploring the perceived benefits of a mixed-gender Early Years workforce. 6. Building and normalising a culture. 7. 'A CALL TO ACTION!'. 8. Resources. Concluding comments. References. Index.

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Considers the role of men in the early years sector and provides guidance on attracting, recruiting, retaining and developing them

About the Author

David Wright is an experienced early years teacher and Director of Paint Pot Nurseries. He is an advocate for male inclusion in early years settings and co-organised the UK's first Men in Early Years conference.

Simon Brownhill originally trained as a primary teacher and was Assistant Head of early years at an inner city primary school. He has published numerous books including Men, Masculinities and Teaching in Early Childhood Education.


Men in Early Years Settings is an in-depth, comprehensive analysis of the current gender imbalance in the early years workforce and the cultural and political reasons behind it. Essential reading for anyone looking to understand the barriers to recruiting men in the early years and what practical steps the sector can take to start making a change now. -- Neil Leitch, CEO of the PreSchool Learning Alliance
As someone who has been campaigning to increase men into childcare, I congratulate the authors for this very informative book. All of the key issues related to encouraging men to work in childcare including the barriers to entry, public perceptions and attitudes, the idea of multiple masculinities and benefits to children are fully covered. While 97.8 % of staff in the sector think a gender balanced environment is good for everyone, the authors reminded women of their power to make the sector positive for men by creating the right approach and environment from recruitment to retention. If we are to prepare children for the future world we need them to see we can build positive relationships with both men and women. -- June O'Sullivan, CEO of London Early Years Foundation

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