MITEY (Men In The Early Years) is run by the Fatherhood Institute; a national network and campaign which works hard to bring more men into the Early Years education workforce, whilst offering them the support they need once they become a team member. The network includes male early years practitioners, supportive female colleagues, owners and managers of nurseries and other early years organisations, as well as those with interests in gender equality and early child development.
MITEY have a clear vision: to have a mixed-gender early years workforce, where practitioners can provide the best quality education and care to the children in their settings. They also provide a variety of resources, accessible information and support for all those wanting to be involved.
Within The Old Station Nursery Group, we are proud to support Men in the Early Years. We value men’s potential to contribute positively to the care and education of young children, and we want to ensure that we are taking every possible step to bring them into our workforce.
As a group, we have signed up to the MITEY charter, which is pledge for nurseries, pre-schools, childminders, nannies and other Early Years education settings across the UK. Read more below:
- We value men’s capacity to care for and educate children
- We value the benefits to children of being educated and cared for by a diverse, mixed-gender early years workforce
- We acknowledge that Early Years education should benefit from the talents of all, so we are actively seeking to create a workforce that includes men, women and people with other gendered or non-gendered identities
- We are committed to removing the obstacles that stand in the way of a mixed-gender early years workforce, including low pay and status, limited career progression and gender-discriminatory treatment
- We view early years education as a critical context in which to address gender inequality and stereotypes, for the benefit of children and wider society.
Below is just what a few of our male employees have to say about working within the Early Years Sector at The Old Station Nursery Group:
“Having men work in childcare in amazing. For some children they don’t always have a male role model and someone to learn from. In my experience I have noticed children respond differently to male staff members. The children are always happy to see myself and my other male staff member. They will frequently talk about us at home.” – Jake, Nursery Manager
“Since starting with Sandhills , I have had loads of positive feed back from both parents and colleagues”– Craig, Nursery Cook
“The reason why I think men are an important asset to Early years is it gives diversity and representation to children and it can offer a different perspective on everyday life for the children. It also supports children who haven’t got a male figure/role model in their life giving them a different outlook.”- Jason, Nursery Practitioner