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How many men work in the English early years sector?: Why is the low figure so ‘stubbornly resistant to change’?

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>30/11/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>Children and Society
Issue number6
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)870-884
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date29/07/21
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This study draws on data from the GenderEYE project, research conducted in England between 2018 and 2020, which aimed to examine the recruitment, support and retention of male teachers within early years education (EYE) with a view of developing a more gender diverse workforce in this sector. Data collection was by means of a survey, 9 case studies with early years settings and interviews with key stakeholders. In this study, we examine a key finding about the persistently low numbers of male EYE professionals, linking this to another finding concerning a lack of specific strategy to recruit and support men.