The Good, the Bad and the Few: Men In Child Care

by Shaun Becker

As a recent ECE graduate, I have an advantage when I look at my prospective child care career. On practicums in the field, I have observed some of the issues — both good and bad — unravelling around having a male caregiver in a child care centre. A men’s networking/support group, offered through the Manitoba Child Care Association, has given me insight into aspects of my career — both good and bad — that lie ahead. In North America, men typically represent less than five per cent of the child care field. Many researchers have looked at why this figure stays static through the years and how to increase this number. Since I see more men in child care as a positive change for the future, I would like to shed some light on how to include and retain them.

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