Michael Kenny Is The Only Male Student At World-Famous Nanny College

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For 120 years Norland College has trained young women to be professional caretakers of children. And this year, for only the second time, a young man has joined its ranks.

Eighteen-year-old Michael Kenny wasn't sure that the college in England even accepted male students, so he called up Norland to check, reports the Bath Chronicle. Now Kenny is embarking on the four-year, 55,660 pound ($88,644) degree, along with 48 women at the world-renowned school in Bath.
Kenny admits that he was teased by friends at first when he told them of his plans to enroll, but his female classmates welcomed him enthusiastically, he told the newspaper, taking extra care to make sure that he's comfortable.

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Kenny decided to get his nanny credentials after a period teaching disabled children in an orphanage in Uganda, where his family lives. He says that he plans to nanny for a few years, and then earn a postgraduate certificate in education to become a teacher.

The past few years have seen a surge of young men seeking jobs as a nannies. The nanny referral database, Nannies4Hire.com, saw a 10 percent increase in male nannies from 2011, reports the blog Parenting. And the New York City child-care recruitment agency, Hey Day Nannies, claims that in recent years "mannies" have made up 10 percent of their placements. Forty of the 500 qualified nannies on file at The Cambridge Nanny Group in Chicago are men.

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The crummy economy may be partly to blame: 17.9 percent of young men in the U.S. were unemployed in July and child-care workers are in-demand, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the uptick in mannies may indicate long-term trend; of the 15 industries projected to grow the fastest by 2016, 12 are traditionally female ones, reports New York magazine. So, in the search for employment, more and more men may need to buck old gender divisions of labor.

And more parents are seeking out male nannies too, Fox News reported, especially parents with young boys who are looking for an older brother figure to take the kids out for rough-and-tumble play.

But in one respect, Kenny couldn't fulfill Norland's requirements for its students. The college famously demands that it students wear a belted-dress uniform, originally required to set their graduates apart from "untutored" housemaids. Kenny wears beige pants and a tweed jacket instead.

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Jason Knighte

That is interesting, I wander how he will do there. He will have a good chance to meet a lot of new people though, which is also a good thing.


January 02 2014 at 10:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

what parents in their right mind would willingly hire a male nanny to care for their children?

September 11 2012 at 9:39 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

~~~~loweriderjockey- its sad that you make that statment..... just because its a guy doesnt mean anything!! Females also molest and take advantage of trust in that manner also...its just not reported cuz guys (even at that young of an age) are supposed to be tough and also think its "manly" to do those sorts of things even though they are too young to understand such matters of human interaction. Blame the news, blame men and young boys who dont report such things (myself being one of them), or blame society on the whole for making it "weak" to report this as a man, but dont automatically asume that since its a male going into a field that is dominated by women that he is a molester or has "a thing for kids". i think its very admirable for him to take on the controvercy and ridicule for crossing the gender line. KUDOS to this man! And like Bill said 2 hours ago.... children need MALE role models too! not just who they watch on tv... real in your face role models.

September 11 2012 at 9:32 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Rich's comment

The late Fred Rogers was a "virtual" nanny and a beautiful soul, one I wish was able to reach more kids. I thank God for every day we had him.

September 11 2012 at 11:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Imagine the crap he gets when he leaves the toilet seat up! Ha. Ha.!

September 11 2012 at 8:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Grapost's comment

I hope you are not one of the those who were never properly potty trained, Grapost, leaving the toilet seat down while taking a pee. I hate that, when stupid, ill mannered people spray yellow drops all over the toilet seat, and when the next person who needs to sit down, he has to first wipe it down.

This society is de-evolving. One of the few civilized places is Singapore where i imagine one could get fined a few hundred for such stupidity and lack of consideration. But when people are pre-occupied with their own stereotypes of what is a male career and what is a female career, I am not surprised at what I see. Total lack of courtesy, and self centeredness.

September 11 2012 at 10:58 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Moon D

There is college for nannies?!?!

September 11 2012 at 8:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is a very nobel profession for a male or female. Children need male role models too and for him to go on to be a teacher is great.

September 11 2012 at 7:02 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

where is his hat??

September 11 2012 at 6:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Oh Hell No" wheres his skirt..........

September 11 2012 at 4:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Michael actually looks prettier than most of the other nannies....

September 11 2012 at 2:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think anyone can yake good care of lids, it don't matter the GENDER

September 11 2012 at 1:35 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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