Network Meetings

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We host regular meetings that are open to all men and womenthose who working with children aged from birth to seven who are interested in creating a more gender diverse and balanced workforce. We are always actively seeking new members to join the campaign (membership is free!). See below for details of our next meeting.

Upcoming: TBC
Previous meetings:

14th April 2018 - Ben Tawil

Ben Tawil of Ludicology delivered a brilliant workshop titled Play: The Importance of the Seemingly Frivolous. You can find the minutes here and the presentation here.

16th January 2018 - Prof. Gina Rippon

We welcomed Professor Gina Rippon, from Aston University, to deliver a session on – ‘Brains – pink and blue or fifty shades of grey?  Click to here to check out the minutes.

18th October 2017 - Michael Conroy, A Call To Men UK

Michael Conroy - Fresh from his Tedx talk, joined us to share his work with A CALL TO MEN from the last few years, as well as discussing the ‘manbox’ and answering the big questions: how we can best promote and enact full, fulfilled and mutually respectful humanity for all and develop the thinking skills to allow us to resist negative pressures, unrealistic expectations and harmful beliefs? See full minutes here

4th July 2017 - Dr. Finn Mackay

Finn Mackay is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of the West of England and the author of ‘Radical Feminism: Activism in Movement’ published by Palgrave. She has been involved in feminist activism in the UK for over twenty years.

Her professional background is in youth, policy and advice work, beginning as a Youth Worker with boys and young men in Leeds as part of an intensive scheme which then became part of Connexions.

Finn is a regular speaker and media commentator on women’s rights and social justice issues, particularly pertaining to male violence against women; she has also written on masculinities and has worked with A Call to Men UK and White Ribbon Campaign

Minutes here

16th April 2017 - Dr Simon Brownhill

The network were fortunate enough to welcome Dr. Simon Brownhill, from the University of Cambridge, to deliver a session on ‘Male Role Models Revisited'. Simon’s research and experience in the early years is of real value to the network as practitioners respond to the recent suggestion that ‘young boys need to be rescued [by] a new kind of role model’.

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10th January 2017 - Yuwei Xu

BMiEY welcomed Yuwei Xu, who delivered a session on 'Rethinking Men's Participation in Early Years Education and Care'. See full minutes here.

6th October 2016 - Deborah Price

Deborah Price, lecturer at Brighton University, was invited down to talk about her experiences of transgender and LGBT issues in the Early Years and discuss how we can effectively work with parents to support the child in making decisions around their gender. See full minutes here.

10th July 2016 - Dr Jo Warin

Dr Jo Warin, from Lancaster University, came to talk about her experiences of interviewing and observing Swedish male staff in EY and working with researchers in other countries, too. The session provided an opportunity to have an informal discussion about how the presence of men in EY can be a challenge to gender stereotypes.

Minutes available here.

10th April 2016 - Marvin Rees, Mayor Bristol

The network welcomed down, Marvin Rees, now Mayor of Bristol, to reflect on his experiences of fatherhood and what can be done to give every child the best start in life.

See full minutes here

12th January 2016

The network reflected on our experiences of being men working in early years. Group members talked about being stereotyped,  working with other cultures and the challenges that it has brought up for them.

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6th October 2015

The network discussed our upcoming conference in Southampton, possible ideas for contributions included: presentation of or running an outreach workshop of the type that we are going to take into schools and colleges; Setting up a classroom in the early years style for adults to participate in; A panel format open discussion; A clear presentation of all the roots into early years.

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9th June 2015

The network welcomes Nicola, from Bristol City Council, who discusses the role of the Local Area Designated Officer (LADO).

Minutes here

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