2021 EC MENz Summit

19 April 2007

Simon Archard clearly remembers his first day as a BTchg – Early Childhood student at Waikato University’s School of Education. Looking around the room, he realised he was the lone male in a sea of female faces.

Three-years on and graduating today (Thursday April 19), Simon is not fazed about being a male in a predominantly female profession. In fact, he is thrilled by the encouragement and support he receives from his female colleagues, the parents, whanau and children at Hamilton’s Jubilee Early Childhood Centre

“A male can bring another perspective to a female team and provide the children with another male role model. As a male educator, I can also encourage boys and girls to challenge specific gender activities.”

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Sarah-Eve Farquhar (editor) 2007 ISBN 978-0-473-12547-9 (internet)

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Sun, 2007-04-01

by Jarrod Booker

Maori are showing how New Zealand can improve its dire shortage of male teachers in early childhood education, says a world authority.

Less than 1 per cent of New Zealand’s teachers in early childcare centres are men, one of the lowest rates in the world, says Jan Peeters, co-ordinator of the Resource and Training Centre for Child Care at Belgium’s University of Ghent.

The sex abuse convictions of creche worker Peter Ellis 13 years ago still cast a long shadow over men in the industry and male teachers are often viewed as a risk to the toddlers they work with.

Those in the industry agree that children are missing out on male role models because of the lack of male teachers.

Minutes for the ‘Men in Early Childhood Education Workshop’ held at the Annual Conference of the Early Childhood Council, 30 March 2007

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History taken from the proceedings of the 1st Men in Early Child Care and Teaching Summit in New Zealand. 2007 by S Farquhar.

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