Nurseries and schools have changed the way they employ male teachers and early years practitioners who are not UK or Irish nationals. The UK introduced a points-based immigration system on 1st January 2021.
Giovanni, an Early Years practitioner from Italy, was lucky enough to obtain his pre-settled status in time, before Brexit impacted on the regulations around the recruitment of EU citizens.
We have had the pleasure to meet Giovanni and ask him a couple of questions on his work experience as an educator and early years practitioner. He is super passionate about education and is currently progressing his career at a very fast pace. He has worked in the UK for just over 2 years and has already created a fantastic bond with several families, children and colleagues, which has already resulted in a series of promotions and rewarding milestones.
Can you tell us about yourself?
"I am a 29-year-old man who has been working in childcare for 2 years so far. Previously, I had been working as an educator in a community of minor refugees. I have always been passionate about delivering education, but my game changer was when I switched my career, shifting from the 8-17 year-old age group to the 0-5, when I started working in nurseries."
How did you get your career in childcare and education started?
"I was looking for a job opportunity in childcare outside of Italy and found a good job offer as a childminder assistant in an amazing nursery in London. Today, two years have gone by. In the meantime, I have also been a Room Leader and I can tell I am still learning new things everyday. You never stop learning!"
What is your favourite thing about teaching in Early Years?
"The possibility to impact on a young mind with positive values as some children might not have a positive male role model at home."
What is a professional area you would like to improve in? And why?
"In this job you never stop learning. On that note, I do not think I have a specific area I would prefer to improve in, if not the managerial one - obviously for the sake of my career."
What's the funniest activity you have planned for your class?
"We once made a collage story book with a group of nine pre-schoolers using their drawings and imagination for the plot. We had lots of fun!"
Can you talk us through your duties and responsibilities as a nursery practitioner?
"Other than the essential safeguarding duties and responsibilities, I am also responsible for the planning and the carrying out of activities as per the EYFS requirements."
Describe yourself as an educator with three words.
"Ambitious. Proactive. Knowledgeable."
What is your vision for the future of teaching as a profession?
"Education plays an important role in modern society, and it will be essential for us educators to teach new generations and make them ready for the new challenges the world has in store for them, in the best possible way!"
How has your personal background prepared you for your current role as educator?
"I come from a farmers family and, in the exact sense of my background, I know how to be patient. Patience is one of the most useful skills that comes from my personal background, which comes in very handy in my current role as educator!"
If you had the chance to speak with a group of students before they start college, what would you tell them?
"If you feel the passion and you really are passionate about something, fight for it! Fight for your dreams and your dreams will fight for you!"
Meeting Giovanni was an enriching experience and we wish him all the best in his career as a male early years practitioner. It was uplifting for us to see that Giovanni has always been welcomed in nurseries since day one in the UK.
Giovanni's first nursery manager stated: "Hiring Giovanni for my nursery was probably the best choice I have ever made. Diversity is a significant factor to me and plays a huge role in education, especially in Early Years. By employing a non-British male as a practitioner, our quality of care and teaching significantly improved. Giovanni was able to incorporate his cultural and gender diversity into his practice, teaching children about essential values and introducing them to evident aspects of the everyday life, such as foreign languages, different ways of cooking, and the fact that men and women can get the same jobs."
If you are looking to hire educators like Giovanni, post a job on our website or contact us to learn more about ways you can promote your vacancies to male teachers and early years practitioners. We look forward to hearing from you!