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Schröder calls for kindergartens to have male workers

The Local · 15 Jan 2011, 10:18

Published: 15 Jan 2011 10:18 GMT+01:00

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Schröder told the Chemnitzer Freie Presse the aim was not to have half the kindergarten staff being men, which she said was illusory. The aim, she said, was to enable all those who are interested, to have access to the profession.

“If we had one or two men in every kita,” it would be a success, she said. The new programme will enable unemployed men to apply for a training course via the work agency, copying a project in Brandenburg which Schröder said had been successful for years.

She said there was often a lack of male role models for young children, particularly those who grow up with lone mothers. Some children can reach the age of ten or so with pretty much only women around them – at home and at kindergarten and primary school.

“That is negative [for boys],” said Schröder. “It is also not good for girls. Children profit from experiencing both genders.”

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11:02 January 15, 2011 by bartschaff
Very good idea, let's see how fast and well they implement it.

During the weeks my son took to adapt to it, I spent quite some time with him in our local Kita and some of the other kids there often were eagerly seeking my attention. Personal affinities apart, many kids pass through phases where they feel a stronger need of company from a given gender, so having gender diversity is important for day care centers to serve better the children's needs.
11:48 January 15, 2011 by The-ex-pat
I agree totally. My son's Kita has a young lad trainee. He is only the second that I know of. My youngest was take right away due to the fact that he brought in subjects that where of interest from a small boys perspective. I am in know way saying that the female staff could not do an equal job, but when, in this case Ingo brought his passion for space to work with him along with books, models and practical experiments etc, my son did not want to miss a single day. Now that he has left, the passion that my son had for Kita each day has gone.........Shame.
15:51 January 15, 2011 by tallady
This would be excellent ...now they need to put up the money......or maybe this will proceed through attrition ,which means 5 to 10 years ,more the German way.
02:07 January 16, 2011 by teutonic-knight
I still think women would be better teachers for Kindergartens
02:37 January 16, 2011 by Gretl
Teutonic-knight - do you have children?

While my children did not attend the local kindergarten (the shedule didn't work with mine), they did go to the Child Development Center (CDC). When my 5 year old was attending American kindergarten, she attended the CDC after school where she had a male teacher. He dressed like a Chicano gang-banger, but his 5 year old daughter was in the class as well. As my daughter's father was deployed, having a male role model around helped her until her daddy came home. i agree with the other posters, children need care-givers of both genders.
17:18 January 16, 2011 by Joshontour
My sons Kindi here in Heubach had a male Azubi and a male sport teacher when he attended last year. I guess I thought it was already the norm.
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