I will always believe in strong families that nurture and support children to succeed, but increasingly so many children don't have that privilege and a lack of male role models in particular can often lead to problems. So I welcome the news that Government has announced funding to encourage more men to consider a career in nurseries and early years settings, in a new project to provide more diverse role models for children before they start school.
With men making up just 3% of early years staff in England, the project aims to break down the barriers that prevent men entering careers in children’s early education, including the myth that men are less suited to caring roles.
To support careers advisers and early years employers across the country, the project will spearhead a recruitment drive that highlights the positive roles men play in the crucial first years of a child’s education.
The Fatherhood Institute’s project forms part of the government’s wider efforts to give children the best start in life by strengthening the early years workforce, including the Department’s £20 million Professional Development Programme targeted at better training for early years staff working in more deprived areas.
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