Celebrating International Men’s Day at Cedar Park Day Nursery
To mark International Men’s Day, colleagues from Cedar Park Day Nursery in Twyford are celebrating the six inspirational males that work at the setting.
Spike Whiting, Aaron Joseph, Henry Mensah-Brown, Ashley Robinson, Chey Kemp and Atef Rezk are part of the 3% of men currently working in the early year’s sector and have roles which include Qualified Nursery Practitioner, Kitchen Assistant and Forest School Leader at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ setting on Bridge Farm Road. Cedar Park has the highest number of male staff within any Childbase Partnership setting and are passionate about encouraging men to pursue careers in childcare.
Cedar Park Day Nursery Manager, Emma Kemp explained;
“We would love to see more gender diversification within the sector so we are absolutely delighted to have six male colleagues at Cedar Park, which is a great step in the right direction. We believe the presence of male practitioners’ offers many benefits, including giving different approaches to learning, breaking down gender stereotypes, providing positive role models and changing perceptions in the industry.”
“We will be making sure our colleagues know how much we appreciate their hard work and positive impact on International Men’s Day, we’ve also got each of them a little personalised present to say thanks”, she added.
Qualified Practitioner and Forest School Leader, Spike Whiting explained;
“I knew this was the career for me because it doesn’t feel like a job, I enjoy every single aspect of my role and that’s so important when coming to work.”
In 2019, a £30,000 grant was put in place by the Department of Education to support the scheme and help provide more male role models for children in the early years.