“Kiwi Men Can Do Anything”

The Childforum Research Network warmly invites you to the inaugural national meeting of men in early childhood care and education services. This is a very important event for the sector. Please help by spreading the word and forwarding this notice to people you know who will be interested, and especially male teachers and volunteers.

The Summit is for:

  • Men working and studying in early childhood
  • Staff recruiters, student advisers, tertiary educators, service managers/owners, professional development managers/providers, public officials and administrators, and anyone (male and female) who is interested in hearing the voices of men in the sector and discussing the way forward

Thursday 29 March 2007, 9.30am – 6pm


Christchurch Convention Centre, 95 Kilmore Street

This is your chance to be part of an extraordinary special event. To find out more and for a registration form Email: Sarah@childforum.com or go online to www.childforum.com * Local and Overseas Presenters. * Group Discussions. * Panel Discussions. * Informal Early Morning Café Coffee and Chat and Night-out-on-the-Town. * Save on travel costs and also attend the Early Childhood Council Conference after the Summit (it’s at the same venue on Friday and over the weekend!)

Session Topics


  • Men’s Visibility and Contributions
  • History of men’s involvement
  • What it means to be a man in the sector
  • A look at the numbers, issues, and media interest


  • Latest interpretations of why there are too few men in early childhood
  • Gender and tertiary education: Similarities to early childhood

Daily Challenges in Training and in Work

  • Sharing stories, tips and strategies; gaining strength and inspiration
  • Forward to the Future: Options for Change
  • An overview of teacher recruitment
  • What we want to see happening to encourage and involve more men

Principal Sponsor

Early Childhood Council


PORSE In-Home Childcare Network
Napier Kindergarten Association

More supporters of this important event for the early childhood sector will be added. Please contact Sarah Farquhar email sarah@childforum.com to discuss being a supporter.