Parents back male role models in childcare says BBC Women’s Hour

Do we need positive action to get more men working with young children?

A recent survey shows that nearly 98% of parents whose children go to day nurseries are now in favour of men working with young children. There appears to have been a big shift in attitudes to men working in child care, but latest figures show that only around 3% of workers in early years education are male.

Today’s BBC Woman’s Hour programme visits a nursery to talk to men about what they enjoy about working there. And presenter Jane Garvey talks to Neil Leitch, Chief Executive of the Pre-School Learning Alliance and Thom Crabbe from the Children’s Workforce Development Council about what can be done to encourage more men to work in this area.

In Brighton & Hove, The Men’s Network is supporting the development of the ‘A Few Good Men’ Project as part of our Community Leaders Program. Internationally there is now a Men In Childcare Global Network  and in Men in Childcare in Ireland facebook group.

In Australia campaigners have been fighting to set up a men only childcare centre – see story here.

In Scotland the charity Making The Gender Equality Duty Real For Children, Young People and Their Fathers (catchy title!!!!!) is making a concerted effort to help more men follow a career in childcare.

As well as tackling the barriers than men face to pursuing careers in female dominated professions – and helping to overcome negative stereotypes about men working with children – getting more men in childcare will give more children access to male role models.


Glen Poole is UK co-ordinator for International Men's Day, Director at the consultancy Helping Men and news editor of insideMAN magazine. Follow him on twitter @HelpingMen or find out more about his work at

Posted in NEWS, World News On Men's Issues
One comment on “Parents back male role models in childcare says BBC Women’s Hour
  1. Johnny says:

    This is a wondeful development- that the world is ready and wanting to address “the other half” of gender equality. The trend looks set to become a revolution for males -who may soon begin to choose those “lifestyle occupations” and become childcare workers, disability workers, hairdressers, nurses, secretaries (etc)- this is a win for everyone. We gave women new and wider career options and that continues to be a wonderful development -now we will break through the barrier of those traditionally female dominated “lifestyle occupations” to offer genuine new choices for men.

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