We are thrilled to hear about the success of one of our former trainees, Jamie Allman, who is now an Early Years Teacher and Manager at the Pre-School Centre at the University of Cumbria.
You can listen to Jamie talk about his positive experience with the Alliance for Learning, including the wealth of knowledge he was able to thrive on, and what a difference training for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) made to both him and his long-term career in teaching.
Jamie spoke with Rebecca Skinner and Becky Poulter Jewson from Thriving Language, which works to explore how children learn, communicate and engage in their world, with the aim of raising the profile of males in the early years’ workforce.
Sharing good practice and encouraging other male practitioners to join the profession is important to Jamie and he now delivers an early years training session to current trainees, two of whom are set to join our EYTS programme next year.
According to the most recent data, men make up just 3% of early years staff in England and this figure has hardly changed in the last 20 years.
In 2019, a project was set up by the government to encourage more men to work in both nurseries and early years. A number of benefits have been put forward to support this, including:
- Having positive male role models in education at all ages of child development
- Challenging stereotypes linked to the teaching profession
- Creating a more diverse workforce with a larger recruitment pool
We hope that initiatives such as these will have an impact and contribute to a rise in the number of males employed in the early years setting and we are pleased to have been able to play a part in Jamie’s journey.