The first “manny” nanny college student has been accepted at a prestigious UK school. Michael Kenny, 18, has been accepted into Norland where he will graduate with his Bachelors degree in early-childhood studies.
“I have always wanted to work with children, and Norland has the best reputation in the country, if not the world, for studying childcare,” Kenny said. He added that it “doesn’t bother (him) at all” that he is the only male in his class.
Kenny decided that he wanted to attend Norland after working with disabled children in Uganda. He decided he would commit his studies to early childhood, after spending time teaching Mathematics and English. His hopes are to become a teacher.
Prior to applying, Kenny called the college to find out if they would accept the application of a male, according to The Telegraph in England. They stated that they would welcome his application.
In a statement Kenny said, “I don’t think it should be thought of as unusual if a man wants to work in the childcare profession. Men can bring a different dimension to childcare, and I think it is really important that even the youngest children have strong male role models.”