Men in Early Years Settings

Men in Early Years Settings


This book explains the benefits of having a mixed-gender workforce in the early years sector, drawing on the views of children, families and practitioners.

With advice for managers, practitioners and policy makers, it provides guidance on attracting men to the early years sector and advice on how to retain and develop them.

Silver Award Winner at the Nursery World Equipment & Resources Awards 2019

Authors: David Wright and Simon Brownhill

Silver Award Winner at the Nursery World Equipment & Resources Awards 2019

Building a mixed gender workforce
This book explores the role of male professionals in early years settings and provides guidance for early years practitioners, managers and policy makers on building a more mixed-gender workforce by successfully attracting, recruiting, retaining and developing men in their teams. Men make up less than 2% of the early years workforce in England. This book considers the reasons for the current situation, asks whether there is a case for change and suggests ways of achieving a more mixed-gender early years workforce. The voices of male and female practitioners, providers and parents help to illustrate the barriers to men entering and successfully working in the sector, whilst also suggesting ways these barriers can be broken down.

Men in Early Years Settings is an in-depth, comprehensive analysis of the current gender imbalance in the early years workforce and the cultural and political reasons behind it. Essential reading for anyone looking to understand the barriers to recruiting men in the early years and what practical steps the sector can take to start making a change now.
Neil Leitch, CEO of the Early Years Alliance

As someone who has been campaigning to increase men into childcare, I congratulate the authors for this very informative book. All of the key issues related to encouraging men to work in childcare including the barriers to entry, public perceptions and attitudes, the idea of multiple masculinities and benefits to children are fully covered. While 97.8 % of staff in the sector think a gender balanced environment is good for everyone, the authors reminded women of their power to make the sector positive for men by creating the right approach and environment from recruitment to retention. If we are to prepare children for the future world we need them to see we can build positive relationships with both men and women.
June O Sullivan, CEO of London Early Years Foundation

[A] definitive guide to addressing the idea of a mixed-gender culture. It features original research with male early years practitioners and the wider sector to provoke thinking on the issue.
Nursery World

  • Paperback: 238 Pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1785922211
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785922213

Paperback Edition: £16.99

Kindle Edition: £12.34

About the Authors

David Wright
David Wright is an experienced early years teacher and Director of Paint Pot Nurseries. He is an advocate for male inclusion in early years settings and co-organised the UK’s first Men in Early Years conference.

Connect with David in our Early Years Directory


Simon Brownhill 

Simon Brownhill originally trained as a primary teacher and was Assistant Head of early years at an inner city primary school.


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