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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A steep tramp above Akaroa Harbour Canterbury, during the 5th Men in ECE Canterbury Hui, 5th-8th May 2000
David baxendell – Teacher
Anton Wartman – Senior Teacher
John Grater – Teacher
Russell (forgotten surname) – Teacher
Photographer – Duncan Fisher – Head Teacher