Men in Early Years

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Abstract
This research project explores men working in early years and how society’s stereotypical assumptions may limit their role and job opportunities. In today’s modern world with media a central focus, it is hard for parents to ignore news stories involving men working with young children in care and education who have abused their position such as This project aims to see how the media has affected men working in early years and parents perception of male practitioners. Introduction

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In part 2 it looks at
In part 3 … is discussed
In part 4 what this might mean

Literature Review
The research project compares its findings to the Independent Day Nursery Workforce survey 1998 which investigated the childcare workforce. Cameron’s book ‘Men Wanted’ has a survey about childcare lecturer’s thoughts on male practitioners. Jenson’s 1996 discussion paper considers how the Swedish childcare centres are viewed where the staff are comprised of half women and half male workers. Teacher’s T.V have a video clip online discussing government targets, initiatives and interviews from various professionals including a male nursery nurse and male teacher.

Methodology
The research was implemented by questionnaires which took place in a small village pre-school in an affluent area. The study employed both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Quantitative in gathering specific data which was used in the questionnaires. Qualitative where opinions and experiences were sought, this method of research was used partly in the questionnaire and through interview. A semi-structured interview took place with a supply teacher. Bell States “An excellently prepared questionnaire will lose much of its impact if it looks untidy” (2005:144) The questionnaires were all word processed, and simple tick boxes were used. Bell (2005) suggested putting instructions into capitals or a different font so they look really clear, the questionnaires may have looked clearer if capital letters were used. However, the questions were quite short and the questionnaire wasn’t very long so it might not have made any difference. The questionnaires were printed on plain white paper to make it look clear and simple. The tick boxes would have been better to be white squares so that when the parents ticked the boxes it would have looked clearer when I came to collate the data. Rowlan (2000) discusses using E-mail for researching. He says that by finding and subscribing to e-mail lists, newsletters and filter services will enhance research. I didn’t subscribe to anything as I wasn’t sure how to do it and didn’t find the time to do it. I could have possibly made more use of contacts through e-mail to get research.

Results
4.1. Men in early years- Parent’s views
4.1.1 Parent’s views of the benefits of men in early years. Twenty two questionnaires were returned, some elaborated on what those benefits were these included: “…men would bring an extra dimension to childcare” “I think it’s a good thing as care for young children tend to be mainly female dominated so to have a mixture would benefit the children more.” “I feel that a male influence with young children is very important and should be an equal career choice for both men and women.” “Men have an important role to play being positive role models and I think men who choose to do this do so for the same reasons women do- to have fun with children, being caring and helping extend child development.” “I feel that it would be beneficial to all children having a male role model in the school environment.”

4.1.2 Parent’s views on male practitioners doing intimate care for children Twenty two questionnaires were returned, some parents elaborated on how they felt about a male practitioner doing intimate care for their child, these included: “happy for suitable candidate” “probably would feel slightly more questioning of the...
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