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Men In Childcare Podcast

Men in Childcare: Interview with Rhys Penny

Rhys-Penny-photo-smallRhys Penny has been teaching for 14 years in the school where he got his first job as a newly qualified teacher.

You will hear in the podcast how he has loved his career – and can’t keep out of the Reception classroom!

I’m sure his route into the Early Years sector will make you smile.

Please do enjoy the podcast!

 

Useful references

Website: www.cedarroadacademy.co.uk

Twitter: @cedarroadschool 

Men in Childcare London: https://www.facebook.com/MeninchildcareLDN

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Men in Childcare: Interview with Tariq Nasser

Tariq Nasser has recently achieved his Montessori Diploma and is a keen advocate of the Montessori TariqNasserPhoto-smallphilosophies.

He is very proactive about getting men into childcare, being vice-chair of the Men in Childcare London branch and also encouraging pupils to do their work placements in nurseries.

Listen here to him talking about men just needing to have the confidence to do the job; how he feels that being at work is like having fun with your friends and (arguably most importantly) how once you get into a setting you’ll never want to leave.

Enjoy the podcast!

Useful references

Rose House Montessori, Forest Hill, London: http://www.rose-house-montessori.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rose-House-Montessori/151694184888143

Twitter: @RoseHouseSchool

Men in Childcare London: https://www.facebook.com/MeninchildcareLDN

 

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Men in Childcare: Interview with Stephen McEwan

Stephen McEwanStephen is a young man just starting out in childcare, but I was very struck by his mature attitudes towards encouraging men to try the job, career prospects, positive discrimination and the way that society views men in the childcare industry.

He is realistic about some parent’s perspectives towards having a man in the setting, and also points out that his close links with Blackpool football team can give him common ground when talking to other men.

Do have a listen to his great advice and unique perspectives.

Useful references

Learning Curve Nursery can be found here

Men in Childcare London: https://www.facebook.com/MeninchildcareLDN

Men in Childcare Ireland: https://twitter.com/menchildcareirl

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Men in Childcare: Interview with Andy Mitchell

AndyMitchellAndy Mitchell has had a very interesting, and almost certainly unique, route into the Early Years Sector. From being on the bone marrow donor register through the Anthony Nolan Trust, he is now a qualified Early Years Teacher.

Have a listen to find out how this happened – and how this career path has been via Norway (see photo)!

Useful references

Anthony Nolan Trust: http://www.anthonynolan.org/

Men in Childcare London: https://www.facebook.com/MeninchildcareLDN

Men in Childcare Ireland: https://twitter.com/menchildcareirl

This is my tenth Men in Childcare podcast. They have all been very different, incredibly interesting stories. One common thread is that all the interviewees are very positive about men coming into the Early Years Sector.

So, if you are a man, wondering if this is a career move for you, do have a listen to the podcasts to see if they can help to make up your mind.

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Men in Childcare: Interview with Stuart Cloke

Stuart Cloke pictureStuart found he had a natural ability to work with children from a young age. He has worked his way up the career ladder, to be Deputy Manager at Rochford Day Nursery in Rochford, Essex.

His positive attitude and helpful solutions shine through in this interview, epitomised by his thoughts about young children needing to be ‘Happy, Healthy and Safe’.

Here he talks about his research into gender specific toys, being short listed for the Nursery World Practitioner of the Year and gives some good advice for all practitioners who may be considering a career in Early Years Childcare.

You can Follow Stuart on Twitter: @Starburst_stuie

and you can find his setting at http://www.therochforddaynursery.co.uk  

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Men in Childcare: Interview with Conor Bathgate

Conor BathgateConor Bathgate is the Deputy Manager at Lisson Green Community Nursery, in Westminster, London. In this interview he talks about being a young man in Early Years (he is only 21 and already a Deputy Manager); his research on cohort tracking and how to identify the areas of good practice; and how overcoming difficulties at work in a professional way has increased his self-confidence.

Conor has an extremely positive attitude to both his own job role and the Early Years sector in general. This is summed up in his own words “My job makes me so happy”. This is a real feel-good interview – enjoy!

 

You can find more information about London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) at: http://www.leyf.org.uk and Conor’s Nursery at: http://www.leyf.org.uk/find-a-nursery/westminster/lisson-green-community-nursery/welcome

Follow LEYF on Twitter: @leyfonline

And do follow Conor on Twitter: @ConorBathgate

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Men in Childcare: Interview with Andrew Clifford

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Andrew is the Managing Director of First Class Childcare, based in the North West of England.

He discusses here the family ethos of his company, how his mum has influenced and mentored him during his working life and the importance of supporting individuals within his teams.

Andrew also has a great idea for Father’s Day treats!

You can find out more about First Class Childcare here and their Twitter account is @FCCC_Harrogate

This is the seventh podcast in my series of podcasts on Men in Early Years Childcare. You can subscribe to get the podcasts automatically on iTunes by clicking here:

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Men in Childcare: Interview with Paul Spinks

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Paul Spinks is a Nursery Manager for Bright Horizons. He has had a very broad range of job roles in his career, including nannying, au pair and working abroad. He is also the Vice Chair of the Men in Childcare London network.

He was told that he wouldn’t complete his BTEC “because no male nursery nurse ever had”, but Paul has gone on to prove his abilities across the board in Childcare, as well as thoroughly enjoying his job.

He discusses here his different experiences and the things he has learned from these along the way.

You can find out more about Bright Horizons here.

This is the sixth podcast in my series of podcasts on Men in Early Years Childcare. You can subscribe to get the podcasts automatically on iTunes by clicking here:

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Men in Childcare: Interview with Gary Simpson

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Gary Simpson is the Lead for Quality Learning and Development for London Early Years Foundation (LEYF). He holds an NNEB and has worked in every echelon of the nursery, including Nursery Nurse and Head of Children’s Services.

He has the most unusual reason for entering into the profession, and strongly encourages men to join support networks to feel less isolated in their roles.

Here Gary discusses the very wide variety of work and families that LEYF support in London and offers some tried and tested techniques for becoming more ‘men-friendly’. He points out that ‘Not everyone is aware that childcare is even an option for men’.

The LEYF website is here and their Twitter feed is @leyfonline

This is the fifth podcast in my series of podcasts on Men in Early Years Childcare. You can subscribe to get the podcasts automatically on iTunes by clicking here:

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Men In Childcare: Interview With Adam Bodek

Adam BAdam Bodek has just completed his BA (Hons) with QTS primary education course at the University of Greenwich.

He first became interested in early years education when he undertook an Access to Higher Education course in Education Studies at Brighton and Hove City college. He says “I love outdoor learning, I believe children from nursery age upto college age need to spend more time learning outside!

Here Adam discusses his experiences of University, placements and his plans for the future.

Post Script: I am delighted to tell you that since this podcast was recorded, Adam has achieved a 2:1 in his degree. Congratulations Adam!

And I would firmly recommend his Twitter at: @mrbdk702

This is the fourth podcast in my series of podcasts on Men in Early Years Childcare. You can subscribe to get the podcasts automatically on iTunes by clicking here:

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