Story: Occupational structure

Russell Ballantyne, early childhood teacher (2nd of 2)

Russell Ballantyne, early childhood teacher

Early childhood education is an occupation that still has an overwhelmingly female workforce. Out of 15,000 preschool teachers, less than 200 are men. Russell Ballantyne runs a pre-school in Dunedin and believes more men are needed in early childhood education to ensure boys’ interests and behaviour are respected. He chairs Early Childhood Men NZ, which hopes to see men become 10% of this workforce by 2018.

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Paul Callister and Robert Didham, 'Occupational structure - Gender', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 January 2022)

Story by Paul Callister and Robert Didham, published 11 Mar 2010