Conference & Training

We are now coming to the end of our GenderEYE research project and we want to share our findings with you!

By October 2020, the GenderEYE team will have spent two years researching the current recruitment, support and retention strategies for men working in Early Years Education. It is our aim to then disseminate the information and evidence that we have accumulated to those of you in the sector who can implement our findings in a positive way.

There are 3 ways in which we will achieve this:

End of Project Conference – 9th October 2020

The End of Project conference on the 9th October 2020 will be aimed at an audience of practitioners, academics and key influencers within the sector.

There will be a keynote presentation by Professor Kari Emilsen from Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education titled ‘Men in Early Childhood and Care Workforce in Norway: Successes and Challenges’. Warin and Wilkinson will then disseminate the key findings from the research project.

A programme for the conference will be e-mailed to participants in September. The conference will be held online via Zoom.

To book your FREE online place on the conference please visit:

Training event for managers – October 2020

On the 15th and 22nd October 2020 the Fatherhood Institute, supported by the GenderEYE team will be running a free online training programme for managers of Early Years settings. Based on our findings, attendees will be provided with key insights and training to use best practice in recruiting, supporting and retaining male practitioners. Attendees to this session will become trained ‘MITEY (Men in the Early Years) Champions’ with the potential to cascade their training in their own setting.

The Training Toolkit

To support the training event and end of project conference, the team is also producing a training toolkit which will be available on this and the Fatherhood Institute websites. Launched at the training event, the toolkit will include a ‘Performed ethnography’ script, which will also be available as separate training resource, as well as a set of ten commissioned photographs which will be created to illustrate the findings from the project.

If you wish to express your interest in the training or the GenderEYE training toolkit, please fill out the form to the right with your details and the item that you are interested in. We will then add you to our mailing list at the appropriate time.

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