I was delighted to join colleagues in York, the week before last, speaking at a conference to kick off their Men into Childcare initiative. It was a really positive event with over 50 attendees – including 2 briliiantly behaved boys who sat patiently through the whole thing! There was a real buzz, great conversations and engagement with some practical suggestions and pledges to take action. I understand that the feedback was very positive. I have brought some of that positivity back with me down south, ready for our own Southampton kick-off meeting, next Wednesday. Watch this space!
In 2 weeks time, 2 colleagues from Birmingham university are joining us to continue their research, observing male and female practitioners. I have managed to organise visits to several settings in the area where men have been spotted working!