Men in the Early Years North Conference

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National Science and Media Museum

Little Horton Lane



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You are invited to the first MITEY North national conference, a flagship event taking place in Bradford. It will showcase a multi-agency focus on engaging men in the early years in order to improve outcomes for children. The conference aims to highlight the policy questions around gender imbalance in the early years’ workforce, and the growing need for the positive modelling of men as care-givers for boys and girls. The conference will be a significant step forward in supporting the development of national and international networks for men in early years.

Keynote speakers will include:

Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust

Dr. Anette Hellman, Senior Lecturer in Early Education at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Professor Steve Robertson, Professor of Men, Gender and Health at Leeds Beckett University

Dr. Jo Warin, Senior Lecturer in Educational Research at Lancaster University

Yuwei Xu, Lecturer in Children and Family Studies at Portsmouth University

Anne-Marie Merifield, Executive Headteacher, St Edmund's Nursery School and Children's Centre

Shahid Islam, Research Fellow at Better Start Bradford, University of Bradford Innovation Hub

Workshops will include:

Consulting Dads in the Community (Abida Rafiq, Shahid Islam, Ian Thorpe - Better Start Bradford)

Dads' Engagement in Children’s Centre Services (Qaiser Hussain, Hafeez Rehman - West Bradford Children's Centre Cluster)

Engaging Dads from Eastern Europe (Juraj Tancos, Kulbir Bura, Ermina Kesedzic - West Bradford Children's Centre Cluster)

Men’s Contribution to Children’s Physical Play (Joanne Josephidou and Polly Bolshaw, Canterbury Christ Church University)

Risk, Policy and Professional Love (Robin Naylor, Mathew Ward)

Setting up a Men in Early Years Support Group (Shaddai Tembo - Bristol Men in Early Years Network)

The Dad Factor (Jeremy Davies - Fatherhood Institute)

Using Cultural Settings to Engage Dads (Vicky Clifton, Penny Kathryn - National Media Museum)

Using the Arts in Creative Play (Tim Curtis - artist)

Workforce Development - recruiting and Retaining Male Workers (Anne-Marie Merifield, Sohail Shapal - St Edmund's Nursery School and Children's Centre)

Programme for the day

9.00 – 10.00 Registration and coffee

10.00 – 11.00 Welcome and keynote speakers

11.00 – 12.00 Workshop 1

12.00 – 1.00 Lunch

1.00 – 2.00 Keynote speakers

2.00 – 3.00 Workshop 2

3.00 – 3.20 Break

3.20 – 4.00 Panel and closing remarks

The cost of the conference is £40. We have a limited number of places available at £25 for people who will have to pay for themselves - students, volunteers and practitioners. If you would like to apply for one of these places, please email miteybradford@stedmundsbradford.org.uk and tell us a bit about what you do.

How to get here:

The Media Museum is in the centre of Bradford, a 10 minute walk from Bradford Interchange or 12 minutes from Bradford Forster Square Station. There is also parking very close to the museum - more information here.

We would like to thank St Edmund's Nursery School and Children's Centre, Bradford Birth to 19, the National Literacy Trust, Bradford Council, the Media Museum and the Fatherhood Institute for supporting this event.

Please note that registrations cancelled more than 14 days before the event will be refunded 50% of the registration fees. Registrations cancelled less than 14 days before the event will not be eligible for a refund.

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