Today, it’s International Women’s Day (IWD), a day in which we celebrate women, challenge gender stereotypes, and educate the future generations about gender equality. It is one of the most important days of the year to raise awareness about women’s equality within any setting, and therefore aims to provide a platform to forge positive change.
The theme for 2022 International Women’s Day is to #BreakTheBias. Whether it’s deliberate, or an unconscious decision, bias can make it much more difficult for women to move ahead in aspects such as their careers, or just general life. Therefore, IWD want to help to break this bias; through encouraging calling out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping seen in everyday life. Celebrating women’s achievements and increasing visibility, whilst calling out inequality, is the key to helping to create a gender equal world.
In support of International Women’s Day, across our nurseries within The Old Station Nursery Group, we champion gender equality, and help to challenge gender stereotypes, for both Our Children and Our People.
For Our Children, through The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which our nurseries follow, the children learn new skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. The EYFS makes it clear that all children should have the same opportunities to play and learn, as well as the ability to have a range of activities to help their development. When it comes to learning, we make sure that any gender stereotypes are challenged in order to give the children a breadth of learning experiences, and combat any gender inequalities.
Within the Early Years Sector, as of 2020, around 96% of the general workforce were female, suggesting that working within this sector is more female orientated. We have incredible female team members, who work hard to give the best of care, and provide equal opportunities for the children develop their skills and personalities. Through expert delivery of engaging and meaningful activities, encouraging purposeful play, and focusing on high-quality teachable moments, they are constantly aiming to secure the children in their care a solid foundation for life-long learning. We also make sure that we celebrate their achievements whenever possible, to ensure that they are all recognised for their hard work.
However, within our settings, we recruit both female and male team members, who want to work within the Early Years Sector. Everyone comes together to become “Our People”, and they all work incredibly hard, no matter their gender, and partake in the same roles, with the same responsibility of providing the best of care for the children. We constantly aim to provide equal gender opportunities, and celebrate achievements for all.
We actively encourage men to be involved within childcare, and are thankful for the men we have in our teams. For more information about Men in Early Years (MITEY), make sure you read our next blog, which is all about that.
Within our settings, we always aim to promote gender equality, and are always mindful about what we can do to make it better, and therefore help to contribute to #BreakingTheBias and raise awareness. In the words of IWD’s campaign: Celebrate women’s achievements. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.