Surrey County Council is on course to bolster the number of men it employs in its nurseries, according to the latest figures.

The council’s campaign to improve the “gender imbalance” in the sector has attracted 3,000 visitors to a dedicated childcare jobs website aimed at men.

Of these, 100 calls from men interested in working in nurseries have been received and 37 men have attended an information session on working in the childcare sector.

Across the UK just two per cent of childcare staff are men. Surrey’s proportion is already slightly higher at 3.5 per cent.

Mary Angell, the council’s cabinet member for children and families, said: “As far as we know, this campaign is the only one of its kind in the UK. We are keen to ensure Surrey’s children have positive male role models from an early age, and working with children is both a challenging and rewarding career choice.”

The campaign has also included a series of roadshows in shopping centres in Woking and Camberley. At these a further 47 men asked for more information about a career in childcare.

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