In Norway children aged 1 - 6 years attend the same institution (not compulsory) called Barnehage. Almost every child attends because it is expected (89% 1 - 5 year-olds and 97% 5 year-olds).
The centres have a mixture of professional (3 year-degree) and untrained staff.
In 2011 8.3% of staff were men working daily with children. How has Norway achieved this when other countries are struggling to attract men into early childhood education? Norway's goal now is to increase the share of men working in Barnehages to 20%!
This article summarises a presentation given by Prof Kari Emilsen at the International Men in Early Childhood Education Conference, 2012.
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