Following a United Kingdom National Men in Early Years conference held in Southampton, England in March this year, when over 120 Early Years professionals gathered for an inspirational day of seminars, exhibition, presentations and networking, a set of proposals have been forwarded to the British government calling for support and positive action to increase the proportion of men in the Early Years workforce. A UK national charter has been produced and is now being actively promoted to all early years settings in the country with an invitation for them to print a copy, sign up to the commitments and display it. The charter is freely available for any other country / region to adopt and distribute. It would be fantastic if this was picked up internationally.
David Wright Owner – Paint Pots Nurseries, Southampton