Why we need more men working in our creches

Sheila Wayman - The Irish Times

It’s hard to think of a profession now where it’s perfectly acceptable to suggest it’s not a suitable job for a woman. After all, there’s equality legislation and trigger-happy feminists to discourage that sort of gender prejudice.

Yet, when it comes to a flipside of that – men in childcare – it’s questionable if normal rules apply. An estimated 25,000 people work in the early childhood care and education sector in Ireland and only about one per cent is male.

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  • Matthew Taylor
    commented 2016-09-07 13:26:08 -0400
    One of the interviewees mentions that it’s only possible for a child to learn about being a man from another man, but I think that’s a bit of a crude way of putting it. Bringing a man into a program demonstrates in a very real way for all of the children that anyone can be anything. I enjoy everyday I spend in ECEC and I don’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon.