Men fully participating at all levels of Early Childhood Education to represent the diversity of our society in Aotearoa.

Mission Statement
Supporting men to participate in Early Childhood Education.



  • To promote Early Childhood Education as a career for men
  • To  network  with other men involved in Early Childhood Education
  • To support men in the Early Childhood Education sector and those in training.
  • To lobby the government

To promote Early Childhood Education as a career for men


  • Current male educators speaking to male high school students about entering the field.
  • Promotional material developed to highlight male role models to other men in the field or others thinking of entering
  • For ECMENZ to provide scholarships to encourage men to enter the field.
  • Workshops presented at Early Childhood conferences around increasing men’s involvement in ECE.
  • Male staff members facilitating groups with fathers and other men to encourage male identity early childhood services
  • To collect and promote research in relation to men in Early Childhood Care and Education
  • To research and disseminate the benefits to children  having males as educators and care givers
  • Training institutions encouraged to employ male teachers in early childhood courses
  • Develop training materials for early childhood staff for the creation of policies around the involvement of males in ECE.
  • Invite secondary schools with males to ECE centres as well as male teachers visiting secondary schools to talk to young men about early childhood education as a career path
  • School career road shows having an EC-MENz  presence
  • Contact NZEI to gain support for EC men to attend conferences
  • Promote and initiate positive local and national media stories of men in ECE.

To network with other men involved in Early Childhood Education


  • A regular newsletter disseminated to all men working or studying in the early childhood field
  • Central web site developed specifically for men in early childhood, including a discussion forum.
  • Annual ECMENZ summit meetings for men and women working in ECE
  • Regional networking  groups meeting regularly

To support men in the early childhood education sector and those in training


  • To advocate on behalf of men involved within the Early Childhood sector within New Zealand/Aotearoa
  • Male mentoring support established for all male students within their first year of study.
  • Database developed to identify numbers of men, where men are working or studying, level of qualifications and service types working in ECE

To lobby the government   


  • To lobby for the development of materials assisting training institutions to target males this includes the training of female teachers / lecturers on the inclusion of male students.
  • To lobby  Regional and National Government for initiatives to increase numbers of men teaching in Early Childhood Education
  • To lobby the government for a funded position to promote ECE as a career for men
  • Financial incentives from MOE for men as child care trainees
  • Financial incentives for both employers and training providers to include men.
  • Lobby government for funding for research on men in early childhood
  • Create our own promotional material to lobby political parties.
  • Lobby the government to reach a target of 10%.