New guide leads the way on recruitment of men into early years

19 November 2019

Our groundbreaking male recruitment guide for the UK early years education sector – available for free to all members of the MITEY (Men In The Early Years) network – is out today (International Men’s Day, 19 November).

The 20-page MITEY (Men In The Early Years) Guide to Recruiting Men into Early Years Education calls on early years employers to take active measures to recruit men, thus doubling their pool of talent and creating a more representative workforce.

There is a recruitment crisis in UK early childhood education, which has one of the lowest levels of male participation of any workforce in the UK. Earlier this year the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development identified the lack of gender diversity as a key factor in the shortage of early years education staff across the developed world (read the OECD’s report). 

Our guide is endorsed by the Early Years Alliance, National Day Nurseries Association and the Men and Boys Coalition, amongst others, and suggests practical ways for early years employers to attract more men into the workforce. These include:

  • Replacing ‘feminised’ job titles like ‘nursery nurse’ with more gender-neutral terms like ‘early years practitioner’
  • Keeping a check on sexist ‘workplace banter’
  • Including ‘positive action’ statements, images of men and male case studies in job advertisements, to clarify that male applicants are welcome
  • Holding open days targeted at attracting male recruits
  • Promoting early years and other caring jobs to boys of all ages
  • Working with Job Centres to promote early years careers to men
  • Promoting vacancies via fathers who use early years provision, as well as mothers

If you are already a member of the MITEY network, you should have already received your copy of the guide via an email sent on 19 November. If you haven’t received it, please contact us via the MITEY website.To join the network and receive your free copy of the guide, please follow this link.

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