Stereotypes challenged as record number of males study childcare
Published: 13th November 2020
A local college has seen a record number of males choosing to study Childcare.
Cornwall College St Austell has six males studying in the Childcare department this year, which is a strong increase in previous years.
There are more than 700,000 people working in the childcare industry and more than 750,000 people working in the teaching profession in the UK. Currently male childcare workers make up only 2% of the workforce.
Curriculum Area Manager for Children, Young People and Health and Social Care at Cornwall College St Austell, Laetitia Mayne, said in a “female dominated sector it is fantastic to see a record number of male students in our department.”
Childcare student at Cornwall College St Austell, Charlie MacKenzie, said he is “thoroughly enjoying the course”.
“There is a great opportunity for more males to join the industry,” he continued.
“When I was at school I really enjoyed having a male teacher and this helped inspire me to follow this career. I would definitely recommend the course to other students considering this career path.”
Fellow Childcare student at Cornwall College St Austell, Tyler Randall, agreed that it is a “fantastic course”.
“I have just got a job working at Tideford Montessori Nursery as a Practitioner. It is really nice to put into practice what I am learning here at college,” he continued.
“It is a really rewarding industry to work in, already I am seeing the children grow in confidence.”
From caring for newborn babies to helping reception class children learn the fundamental aspects of play and learning, courses will give people the skills to succeed in a rewarding career, according to Laetitia.
“If you like watching children grow and develop and being a key part in their lives our Level 2 and Level 3 course will support you to understand how this happens and the activities you can provide,” she explained.
Head of Cornwall College St Austell, Mark Wardle, said “it is great to see more males deciding to choose this career path.”
“It is a really exciting time for all students who have joined us this year,” he continued.
“The Cornwall College Group is going from strength-to-strength and we have a new, highly experienced leadership team in place. We are investing in every aspect of the learner experience, our facilities and all the skills they need to begin a successful career when they leave.”
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