Dr. Sarah Farquhar - New Zealand

Good news for children and families – more men are being employed in early childhood services.

But the bad news is continuing for the ECE sector as the percentage of male staff remains lower than it was pre the early 1990s.

In 1992 there were 154 men out of a total of 6,568 staff in licensed teacher-led early childhood services.

In 2010 this increased to 349 men and the total number of staff (men and women) has also increased to 19,901.

The following chart shows changes in the number of male staff  (blue bars) and the percentage overall (red line).

The percentage of male staff across all teacher-led licensed ECE services in 2010 remains still at under 2%.

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