logo

ChildForum Early Childhood Education Nationwide Network
Promoting quality, valuing knowledge, advancing thinking and working together for the benefit of children, services and the sector

Follow us on FacebookFollow us on Twitteryoutube

Member Login

Member space

 

The Worst and the Best Employers of Men

© ChildForum

A few of the big providers of early childhood education stand out in having a higher proportion of male teachers than the national average across all teacher-led services in NZ of 1.8% according to ChildForum. The employers from early childhood services with more than 1.8% of male teachers are doing something right to attract men to work for them and may be congratulated. 

There are a small number of individual early childhood centres in NZ with two or more male teachers and there are also some smaller kindergarten associations with more than 1.8% of male teachers. For example, a Dunedin early childhood centre 'Early Childhood on Stafford' has 3 male teachers in its staff of 15 (20% male teachers) and another Dunedin centre 'St Clair Corner' has 3 male teachers in its staff of 8 (37% male teachers).  In Kerikeri, centres Sylvan House and Lanark House have always hired one or two male teachers and currently have 3 male teachers in their team of 20 teachers.  

The Table below shows the percentage of male teachers at the largest early childhood services.  
 

Number of Teachers by Gender and Ministry of Education ECE Service Pay Unit as at 1 July 2011
  Female Teachers Male Teachers Percentage of Male Teachers
Kiwicare Pre School Ltd 111 5 4.3%
Canterbury Kindergarten Assn 209 9 4.1%
Wellington Kindergarten Assn 326 10 3.0%
PORSE Home-based Agency 
(This figure is for co-ordinators only
and does not include those educating
children in their homes)
 
99 2 2.0%
Lollipops Centres 427 7 1.6%
ABC Learning Centres 954 15 1.5%
Auckland Kindergarten Assn 381 6 1.5%
Kidicorp Centres 1217 17 1.4%
Kindercare Centres 348 5 1.4%
Barnardos Early Learning Centres 165 1 0.6%
Central Kindergarten Assn 227 1 0.4%


A problem with these statistics is that when the numbers are so small  the percentages are not statistically significant. "All it takes is for one out of two male teachers to resign at a service with 100 teachers for example, and the service is then down to 1%", says Dr Sarah Alexander

But ChildForum notes that the above statistics nevertheless indicate the existence of clear differences between the large providers of ECE who are succeeding in exceeding 1.8% of male teachers (namely Wellington and Canterbury Kindergarten Associations and a smaller early childhood group of centres trading as Kiwicare Pre School) and those who have not yet started to address the gender imbalance in their employment practices.

The low percentage of men in the Kindercare centres group could be viewed as disappointing given that the owners of this group of centres are a provider of early childhood teacher education involved in recruiting and training teachers (the NZ Tertiary College) and are closely involved in an employers' political lobby group (the Early Childhood Council).   

Since the data was collected Kidicorp acquired the ABC Learning Centres and the NZ College of Early Childhood Education (a provider of teacher education) and has commenced a programme of raising the quality of its services and ensuring more of its teachers are qualified and registered.  

ChildForum says it will be interesting to see this year, and next, whether and which of the big providers of early childhood education make a commitment to stepping up and increasing further the proportion of male teachers they have.   

 

Free E-Newsletter

Receive the free Early Childhood Alert.

captcha 

We hate spam as much as you, we will not sell your contact details to anyone.

You can unsubscribe at any time.

Read our Privacy Policy here.

Don’t miss out any longer, click the button below to join ChildForum

Testimonials

  • Preschool Leader

    Having heard a colleague talk about how useful she had found their material I joined. ChildForum's replies to my queries are prompt, extremely informative & with a genuine personal touch. I am impressed by the commitment to research & courage in tackling the hard issues like the risks of poor quality care for under 2s
    Val Morrison (Small is Beautiful)
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

Join Us!

child-with-binoculars-small

 

Subscribe now for information you can trust, expert advice and research, as well as access to quality resources

We are confident you will be delighted to discover and experience the benefits of membership - so join now and make this message for non-members disappear from your screen. 

Membership Options

Individual
Member

Who is this for?
Any person who has an interest in early childhood education and care or who works directly with children.

$98.00 12 months from the date of joining
$60.00 6 months student-only

The membership belongs to you, and you only. Enjoy your own personal username and password.

ECE Service Organisation
Member

Who is this for?
Centres, home-based, hospital-based, playgroups ... established or newly licensed. Gives access to professional & research materials enjoyed by individual members PLUS service operation and management area. 

$198.00 12 months for a standalone licensed service
Special rates for organisations with more than 1 licence

The membership belongs to your whole organisation, team members and managers.

Library NZ-International Research
in ECE Journal Subscriber

Who is this for?
Universities, Polytechnics and organisations wishing to have online access to the NZ-Int Research in ECE journal (includes all past and current issues) 

$125.00 annual subscription, renewable in November each year

A username and password for your library users linked to your IP address.