Marvin Rees was the guest speaker at the last meeting of Bristol Men in Early Years Network held at St Werburgh’s Park Nursery School on 19th April. Marvin spoke about his own experiences growing up as a mixed-race child with a single mum in Bristol and the massive impact that having a black male worker at his nursery has had on him. He also spoke about his involvement with work around parenting and mental health. We then discussed key issues and priorities for the Early Years within Bristol. Marvin demonstrated a good understanding and expressed a willingness for further consultation and the ability to pull people together, emphasizing the Happiness Advantage and the long-term social and economic benefits of getting it right in the Early Years. Our next meeting is on the 5th July and our guest speaker will be Dr Jo Warin; senior lecturer in the Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University and Co-director of the Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education. The topic will be: What can we learn from other countries, especially Nordic countries, about Men in Early Years?
Jo will talk about her experiences of interviewing and observing Swedish male staff in EY and working with researchers in other countries too. The session will be a chance to have an informal discussion about how the presence of men in Early Years can be a challenge to gender stereotypes.
For more information about the Bristol Men in Early Years Network and to find out about the work we do please visit our website.