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NewGrandad Thu 14-Feb-19 22:53:09

How would you feel about a 20+ yr old male, over 6 ft, 16 stone or so being appointed as a trainee early years worker in your child's nursery?

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grumblina Thu 14-Feb-19 22:56:30

Wouldn’t bat an eyelid. What’s wrong with that?!

grumblina Thu 14-Feb-19 22:56:52

Ps I’m a nursery manager

Spinmynipplenuts Thu 14-Feb-19 22:57:11

Wouldn’t bother me. Why?

MustBeAWeasly Thu 14-Feb-19 22:57:23

What exactly do you think he's going to do 🤔🙄

Scarydinosaurs Thu 14-Feb-19 22:57:25

Sounds great!

MouseRatFan Thu 14-Feb-19 22:57:28

No problem at all.

Owlettele Thu 14-Feb-19 22:57:43

If they were able to strike a good relationship with the kids. Do well in the role requested and expected of them then the fact that they are male 6ft and 16 stone would make no difference to me.
I struggle with us still having such an issue with gender / appearance in respect of what we think people should be allowed to do.

SemperIdem Thu 14-Feb-19 22:58:00

I’d feel fine, what would the issue be?

He’s an adult, I’m sure he understands that he can’t rugby tackle toddlers.

PurpleDaisies Thu 14-Feb-19 22:58:05

Why would this be a problem?

Cwenthryth Thu 14-Feb-19 22:58:12

I’d welcome the ‘diversity’ as there is a paucity of male role models in most early years settings.

sleepyhead Thu 14-Feb-19 22:58:23

There was such a worker in Ds2's nursery (bit thinner and shorter - not sure why his height & weight is important?).

He was great. Really popular with the children. Valued member of staff and no concerns from parents at all.

LovingLola Thu 14-Feb-19 22:58:29

What has his age or size got to do with anything?
It’s because he is a man isn’t it ?

grumblina Thu 14-Feb-19 23:00:33

I work closely with a male reception teacher who has proven to be the most fantastic and well loved teacher the children AND parents have ever had. Totally failing to see the issue here, or is childcare a woman’s job?! 🤔

EggplantVestibule Thu 14-Feb-19 23:04:07

We had a man at our nursery, he was great and the children loved him. We miss him. We need more men to work in early years, but sadly our awful pay and long hours just don't make a career in our field an attractive option for many men, coupled with the suspicious view that a lot of people seem to have for men who want to work wi5 children. It's sad really and the children are the ones who miss out.

PurpleDaisies Thu 14-Feb-19 23:05:42

As a female primary teacher, it does piss me off that men in primary/early years are so worshipped (often regardless of whether they’re any good or not)

Namechangeforthiscancershit Thu 14-Feb-19 23:05:49

Will he be sitting on any kids? If not, weight probably not relevant.

Like everyone else, I think we need loads more men in EY.

FetchezLaVache Thu 14-Feb-19 23:05:51

What's his sex got to do with it?

What's his height and weight got to do with it? A 7 stone, 5 foot nothing slip of a lass can overpower a toddler, don't you know.

GroggyLegs Thu 14-Feb-19 23:05:56

The classroom assistant in my DCs reception class is male.

I'm very pleased he's seeing a man in a supportive, nurturing role.

PurpleDaisies Thu 14-Feb-19 23:06:32

Totally failing to see the issue here, or is childcare a woman’s job?!

Early years isn’t childcare! It’s education.

MrPickles73 Thu 14-Feb-19 23:08:04

And your point is?

VimFuego101 Thu 14-Feb-19 23:08:17

*Will he be sitting on any kids?

Newishhname Thu 14-Feb-19 23:09:43

I would feel pleased that there was a positive male role model in an education setting for my children.


Sethis Thu 14-Feb-19 23:10:37

No different to how I would feel if a woman was flying my plane.

Or does gender equality only go one way?

Terramirabilis Thu 14-Feb-19 23:13:14

Wasn't my comment @Newish, but as a mother of sons, why wouldn't I want them to grow up with positive role models of how to be a man in addition to the example they get at home?

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