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Men in Childcare / Mindstretchers

Conference - June 2012

That was the conference that was !
The Innovators International Conference certainly lived up to its billing, with speakers and delegates from all over the World in attendance.
The Edinburgh City Chambers looked as resplendent as ever as beams of light shone through between pillars and pews, illuminating the delegates every bit as much as the invited speakers. Colin Chisholm Co-ordinator MIC welcomed guests in his own inimitable fashion, gaining sniggers and titters whenever possible, before introducing the first speaker. Charlie Lewis kicked off proceedings, followed by Colwyn Trevarthen as the conference gathered pace toward the mid morning coffee break. After the interval, the delegates were officially welcomed by Councillor Paul Godzik, Convenor for Education for Edinburgh City Council. Kenny Spence then took to the podium followed by Kate Hookham Coordinator of Mindstretchers Living Classrooms.
A wonderful finger buffet ensured no one went hungry at lunchtime, a special mention and a big thumbs up here, to the catering staff at The Edinburgh City Chambers for whom nothing was too much trouble. After lunch, it was full steam ahead with an opening session from Claire Warden CEO of Mindstretchers, followed by Steven White coordinator of Auchlone Nature Kindergarten. The finale was left to the highly entertaining and all round great guy Jerry Parr (USA) and once again he had the audience enthralled not only by his own infectious personality but by the wonderful images and stories of Native American tribal life. The Plenary which followed played testament to the various subjects covered and of their interest to the gathered delegates, it was indeed an Innovative afternoon.
Keynote speeches will be published on this website very shortly.

Men in Childcare
and Education Global Network


DECET (Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Training)

We are delighted to announce that Men in Childcare have been selected to Chair the DECET network.

Early years teaching: why it is a job for the boys

Jane Haywood - Guardian Professional,

Wednesday 9 February 2011

Only 2% of staff working with the under 5s are male - it's time we had some gender equality, says the CWDC's Jane Haywood.

Job Vacancies

Lone Fathers Project - Qualified Dads Worker required

Council Vacancies - Free Time Children’s Club - Heather Lindsay

James Buchanan Award

Men in Childcare are delighted to announce that during a recent trip to Ireland to attend a European Network meeting and conference, Gordon Kidd having reached a ten year milestone as the first Men in Childcare graduate, became the first recipient of the "James Buchanan Award". Also along to attend the meeting and congratulate Gordon were Kenny Spence (Manager, Men in Childcare) who presented the award, Colin Chisholm (Coordinator Men in Childcare) Derek Thomson former student and now Nursery Officer at Livingston Child and Family Centre and Kevin Clifford Nursery Officer Gilmerton Child and Family Centre.

World Forum on Early Care and Education

San Juan, Puerto Rico, 6-9 May 2014

Join over 800 early childhood professionals from more than 80 nations in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a life-changing experience! At the 2014 World Forum you will be exposed to widely diverse perspectives and approaches to the care and education of young children. You will learn about the lives of children, families, and early childhood providers from all ethnic, cultural, political, and religious backgrounds. You will make friends for life across the globe. You will learn, work, converse, sing, dance, laugh, and cry. You will change others and you will change!
Join us for a world of ideas on caring for the children of the world.
To register and for additional information, visit