Men in Early Childhood Education

Men teaching in New Zealand preschools have almost quadrupled in nine years – but lobbyists want more support to overcome persistent “sexism” in the sector.

Ministry of Education data shows that the number of male teachers in early childhood has jumped from 129 in 2005 to 494 at last count in 2014.

But a researcher who has worked on the issue for 25 years, Dr Sarah Alexander, says men still make up only 2 per cent of early childhood teachers – less than their 2.3 per cent share in 1992.

The male share dropped to a low of 1 per cent in 2005 before recovering to 2 per cent in 2014 – a “disappointing” result that Alexander puts down to “persistent sexism”.

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