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My concern with the very high percentage of female teachers in the early childhood profession is that they do not understandthe importance of rough and tumble play for boys. As a father of two daughters I am the first to put my hand up and say I do not understand girls…

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An EC-MENz conference review by Jonny Holtom

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A long-serving early childhood teacher helps coordinate the men’s network  

NZ  Education Gazette nov. 2007

David Baxendell is full of enthusiasm for the early childhood men’s network, though he laughs as he recalls how a series of emails saw him shanghai’d into running the EC-MENZ website.

To be fair on his fellows, he previously produced a website for the Canterbury/Westland group, forerunner to the national network.

The website has gained a new lease on life and is now an online hub for the men’s groups around the country. It is just one sign of renewed momentum in the support groups following this year’s men in early childhood care and teaching summit in Christchurch.

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by Wayne Erb – Education Gazette in New Zealand  Nov 2007
 

Former truck driver Adam Buckingham reckons he has a few life skills that he can pass on to young children.

The Auckland man switched careers following a workplace accident and says that, after recuperating, he wanted to find a way to give more back to his community.

Adam had previously volunteered as a scout leader and had young children of his own, so teaching young children seemed like a good fit. Three years later, he hasn’t looked back.

Adam says he can draw on his past experiences to enrich curriculum delivery – introducing little ones to DIY-type activities, woodwork, and showing them how things work. He says it is not a case of men doing things that women can not, but rather that male teachers can bring a different dimension to children’s activities.

Men and women are in the same boat, trying their best to deliver the early childhood curriculum, he says.

Adam says it is important that young children grow up seeing men acting in positive ways.

“A child needs to see a male role model in their life. Children need to see that we can nurture too.”

Nov 2007. NZ Education Gazette.

Support networks are developing for men training or working in early childhood education. WAYNE ERB reports

Bring up the Men in Early Childhood website and their logo shows a male emperor penguin looking after a chick.

It is an apt analogy for a simple point that men in the teaching profession make; that males have a role to play in nurturing and educating young children.

These same blokes now also support each other, through groups for men in early childhood education that operate in the main centres. Some are new, others well-established and this year they have begun communicating with each other through a national network.

Still in its infancy, the network is known as Men in Early Childhood Education (New Zealand) or EC-MENZ.