Men in the Early Years Conference - Bradford 18 July 2017

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A national conference which will highlight the important role men play in the early lives of children.

The Men in the Early Years conference, taking place on Tuesday18 July 2017 at the Media Museum, will feature prominent international speakers who all share an interest in the vital role men play in the early years sector and the importance of engaging fathers in their child’s development.

Aimed at both men and women in the early years sector, the conference will include 10 workshops, which will provide delegates with the opportunity to share good practice and develop practical approaches for engaging more men in the early years sector.

The Men in the Early Years conference will also explore questions around gender imbalance in early years workplaces, and highlight a growing need for men to be seen positively as care-givers.

The cost of the conference is £40, with a limited number of places for those not currently employed in a school or setting available at £25. Click here to book a place.

We also have some free places available for people who live in the Bradford West constituency. For more information please email

Keynote speakers to include:

Dr Annette Hellmen (University of Gothenburg, Sweden): International perspectives

Dr Jo Warin (Lancaster University) and Yuwei Xu (University of Portsmouth): Latest developments in 

Professor Steven Robertson (Leeds Beckett): Social theories of gender and masculinities

Shahid Islam (Better Start Bradford), Innovation Hub University of Bradford research fellow.

Workshops to 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, Bradford College)

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)

The conference is a collaboration between the National Literacy Trust, the Fatherhood Institute, the Bradford Birth to 19 Teaching School Alliance and the St. Edmund’s Nursery School and Children’s Centre Services.


Published: 04/04/2017
Audience: Early years leaders, teachers and practitioners.
Contact: Sue Easterbrook

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