It’s not often that I come across a good, well-researched article on Men In Early Childhood Education. Therefore, when I read this article, I chased the author, Richard Harty, as well as Steve, the owner of the Foundation Stage Forum, for permission to post it here.
It took some time, and although I can’t copy the article here, it is now available to the public, so please click here and read it.
My favourite bit:
Although everybody agrees that there should be more men working in Early Years Childcare, it’s pretty hard to pinpoint exactly WHY there should be more men.
Discussions about the benefits of having more men in Early Years Childcare will begin with people saying things like ‘we are fortunate to have a man’, ‘the children love him’ or ‘I am a man and I do a good job’.
In other words, nothing really substantial.
From there, things normally descend into discussions about sexuality, pay, and negative misconceptions.
More words with little practical use in supporting the arguement for WHY we need more men in Early Years Childcare.
The Foundation Stage Forum
The Foundation Stage Forum, by the way, is an outstanding forum for Early Years Practitioners, with a very VERY friendly, helpful and active community.
I hope that someday, my own forum will be at least half as successful.
There’s a whole list of references towards the end of the article, for those who are interested. You won’t be able to join the discussion on the Foundation Stage Forum, however, unless you’re a member, so please feel free to voice your thoughts here.