Academic study into gender imbalance in early years
Currently in the UK it is estimated that only 3% (DfE) of the early years workforce is male. We know the value of diversity in the workforce but also that there are challenges and barriers to recruiting the right staff.
NDNA is supporting the GenderEYE project at Lancaster University in partnership with the Fatherhood Institute which is aiming to finding out why this is the case. Researchers want to understand why so few men are willing to train to work in the early years and what kinds of support they need to remain in this work when they do come forward. This research is funded by the UK's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and sets out to improve understanding around the issue.
This is vital given the current recruitment crisis. NDNA’s latest workforce survey reports across England, Scotland and Wales show that most nurseries struggle to recruit qualified staff and many are leaving for better paid jobs elsewhere.
Researchers at Lancaster University have created a survey for managers and practitioners to help them gain a better understanding of the early years workforce in terms of age, qualifications, training, challenges and support. The survey for managers has questions on development and recruitment strategies for attracting men to early years education.
The surveys are completely anonymous and the practitioner survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes. For the managers, there are two options. Participants can either take a speedy 1-minute survey, or they can also take longer 5-10 minute survey that comes at the end of the shorter ‘speedy’ one. The questionnaires will be available until 30 September 2019 and the results will be published at the end of 2020 in early years magazines such as Nursery World and Under 5s, and in academic journals.
If you are a manager, or if you work in an early years setting they would like to hear from you using the link below to complete the survey.