Men into childcare – Channel 4 wants dads!

Channel 4 is producing a three-part documentary series about dads’ important role in bringing up children – and the producers are looking for men who could potentially benefit from building new skills and confidence.

The documentaries will follow four men as they undertake work experience in a busy London nursery for three weeks. Under the careful and constant supervision of trained nursery workers, the men will learn about the different facets of early years care and development by working with children aged 3 months to 4 years.

Through encouraging men to undertake a role in childcare, the programme makers will also explore the participants’ relationships with their own children, and the impact this has on their families. They have assured us that the series will be made with intelligence and sensitivity, and will always prioritise the needs and welfare of children first and foremost. The series has been discussed with child welfare and childcare organisations including the National Day Nurseries Association, the Daycare Trust and the Preschool Learning Alliance, as well as the Fatherhood Institute.

Do you know any dads who would like to take part?

The programme makers welcome responses from any fathers who might like to take part. They are particularly interested in including the experiences of both teenage and separated fathers in the series.

If you know of any dads who might fit the bill, please ask them to email Elena Mourey or call her on 0207 067 4825; or try her colleague Zyreeta Abadji on 0207 067 4848.  And please forward this email to any other services you know who might reach such dads!

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  • My colleague and I have just been researching men in childcare and have come across this request. Although it is important to research men working in nurseries this is of course only one type of childcare and increasingly men are becoming registered Childminders and running businesses successfully offering home from home childcare for families nationally. They can offer the same level of service as a nursery with the added benefit that it is home from home. They can provide the free entitlement to three olds and two year olds. There are different challenges for a male Childminder compared to a male nursery worker as Registered Childminders are very active in their local community and therefore often attend female dominated groups and events. We have a number of male Childminders working within our area and would be interested in the opportunity of exploring this further with you.

  • Elaine, Do you want to give Elena or Zyreta a call and see if they are still working on this?

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