Men are extremely poorly represented in the Early Years education workforce, making up just 3% of the total nationally and the same proportion within Kids Planet. The lack of men is both a symptom and cause of gender inequality: looking after educating young children should be a job for everyone, not just women – and we believe we should be modelling this clearly to the children and families in out care.
But why are men underrepresented in childcare?
To counter these, we’re delighted to be working with GMCA and MITEY to prepare for, recruit and support a cohort of 12 men through our in-house Early Years (Level 2) Apprenticeship across our 52 Kids Planet settings. We want to recruit men across Greater Manchester who fit into two particular groups:
Our 12 male apprentices will work in pairs in six settings, with opportunities for male- only networking and mutual support via group training under the supervision of Jason Holmes a Tutor/Assessor at Kids Planet Training Academy who takes on the lead role of recruiting, retaining and training the 12 male apprentices.
Our nurseries involved in the MIC bid:
We are currently recruiting for our first intake of male Apprentices. If you would like to know more, about this exciting project, please get in touch with Jason on: Jason.Holmes@kidsplanetdaynurseries.co.uk
I work in the tots room at Salford Quays – I’ve been here for 8 months and in that time I’ve had an in-depth induction and lots of training. I love coming to work because the great staff make me feel welcome and the practice here is outstanding. Kids Planet are always offering me new learning opportunities – they want me to work my way up the company ladder. My management team are amazing and they are always looking for ways to support me.
During my apprentice journey I have become more passionate about working with children and grab every opportunity I can to gain more experience within an outstanding early years setting. Whilst working I have learnt to adapt to any situation and have been supporting parents throughout their child’s journey with us. But my biggest achievement is the knowledge that I have gained. I am now able to give each child the best start in life.
I have enjoyed doing my level 3. I feel like I have gained so much out of doing it. I know I received a nomination for apprentice of the year earlier this year. I now feel I understand legislations and the EYFS a lot more and what is expected. My practice has improved due to having more confidence with sharing ideas and views and also implementing them in Pre-school. My tutor, Lynne has supported and guided me through everything and answered all my questions I needed answering and she was always positive. From finishing my Level 3 I was then promoted to Senior and now I have become Room leader of Pre-School.