Survey To Look At Why So Few Men Work in Childcare

This article has been brought to you by Slough Borough Council's Early Years Childcare Development Co-ordinator, Clare Thompson, for the attention of all Early Years Practitioners.

Researchers at Lancaster University are looking for early years practitioners and managers to take part in a study on the recruitment, support and retention of male members of staff.

The GenderEYE project, run by Lancaster University in partnership with the Fatherhood Institute and part-funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), is aiming to finding out why relatively few men train to work in the early years, what would attract them to the career and how to keep them in the workforce.

The survey for practitioners will take around five to ten minutes to complete, and aims to establish a better understanding of the early years workforce in terms of age, qualifications, training, challenges and support.

The surveys will be available until 30 September and results will be published at the end of 2020. Visit