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Play Date Protocol?

Submitted by PAUL C on June 22 2012 09:06 AM

“Can one of my school friends come over for a play?” asked my five year old the other day. As if spending six hours a day, five days a week at school isn’t enough.  Friendship is so important, so of course I agreed.

I suggested he ask his friend first, and then I would check if it was ok with his Mum. That afternoon, he jumped into the car and proudly advised that Ben would love to come, and so would Tom, Jack, Sam and Henry.  “One at a time, thanks,” I told him firmly.

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Should there be more males in early child care?

Submitted by PAUL C on June 13 2012 09:06 AM

Did you know that only 2% of all early childhood educators in Australia are male? I was surprised to learn just how few men work in the profession.

Early childhood has always been the domain of women, as many feel they are more caring and nurturing than males.  Men are said to feel out of place in such a female dominated industry.  Our society also questions the role of males in early child care because of the fear of paedophilia

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