ChildForum Office of Pre-Primary Education

ChildForum Office of Pre-Primary EducationLead advisor on early childhood care and education 
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Reasons for Including Men in Childcare & Early Childhood Teaching

campaign protestWhy should men be involved in childcare and early education?

According to Dr Sarah Alexander of ChildForum, perhaps one of the main reasons is that the profession should represent society – and society has men as well as women.  For men to be absent or not employed in childcare and early education services sends out a message that only women can care for, educate and be responsible for children. 

A variety of research and professional literature points to a range of benefits for children of men working in childcare/early education:

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