2021 EC MENz Summit

Thursday, May 02, 2013    Iwk Bureau

Mohanan began his professional career as a primary school teacher in India in the mid 80s. From this experience he grew to realise how crucial the early years are in deciding a person’s character. It was this realisation coupled with a revelation from his church pastor in 2008 that spurred him to pursue a career working with younger children as an early childhood teacher.

“Put simply; I see my career choice as a spiritual mission… I have always believed in the famous quote “if your wealth is lost, nothing is lost; if your health is lost, something is lost; and if your character is lost, everything is lost.”

ChildForum is delighted to be leading an initiative to offer male-only training scholarships and invitation grants to show men that they are wanted and valued in the early childhood sector.

Adam Buckingham, president of EC Menz, a group for men working in ECE, said the initiative is a welcome one. “EC Menz has lobbied for initiatives to increase numbers of men teaching in early childhood education, so this is great news,” he said. “It is a great step to move towards gender diversity in early childhood education. This will benefit children. As more men work in the sector, more children can experience male teachers working alongside women.”

Read More at ChildForum

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Andrew Thornburrow
Teacher at Lansdowne
Private Childcare (Masterton)

Andrew Thornburrow admits he used to think early childhood teaching was all ‘changing nappies and wiping noses.’

That was until he enrolled in a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) at New Zealand Tertiary College and was awoken to the complexity and diversity that can exist in the role.

Inviting Men into Early Childhood Education

Monday, 25 March 2013, 10:11 am
Press Release: ‘Men in Early Childhood Network'

It will not be rare to see men in early childhood teaching and childcare roles if a new initiative by NZ’s national early childhood network, ChildForum, sparks mens’ interest.

The proportion of men to women working in early childhood education was higher 20 years ago than it is today. Only 2% of early childhood educators are men, compared with a high of 2.3% in 1993 and a low of just 1% in recent years.