Men in the Early Years Sector

Tops have been asked to share this on behalf of Lancaster University.

Currently in the UK, only 2% of the early year’s workforce is male. The GenderEYE project at Lancaster University in partnership with the Fatherhood Institute is aiming to finding out why. We need to understand why so few men are willing to train to work in the early years and what kinds of support they need to remain in this work when they do come forward. This is vital given the current recruitment crisis. The UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has provided a very substantial award for the research affirming its potential significance.

Lancaster University have created a survey (for managers and practitioners/staff) to help us gain a better understanding of the early years workforce in terms of age, qualifications, training, challenges and support. The survey for practitioners will cover the above areas and ask about roles undertaken. The survey for managers will have specific questions on development and recruitment strategies for attracting men to early years education.

The surveys are completely anonymous. The staff survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes. For the managers, there are two options. Participants can either take a speedy 1-minute survey, or they can also take longer 5-10 minute survey that comes at the end of the shorter ‘speedy’ one. The questionnaires will be available until September 30st 2019 and the results will be published at the end of 2020 in early years magazines such as Nursery World and Under 5s, and in academic journals.

If you are a manager, or if you work in an early years setting (practitioner or otherwise, male/female/gender non-specific) please take part in the study. The link below takes you to the GenderEYE website where you will find the both the manager and practitioner surveys.

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