How many males do you know that work in an early years setting? The answer is probably very low, if indeed you've met any at all. And it's not really that much of a shock when you look at some of these statistics from the Daycare Trust on Men and Childcare.
In our current equal opportunities culture, it's not surprising that this is an area that has attracted research in recent years. In 2003 the Daycare Trust published an 8-page pamphlet entitled Men's Work? which neatly summarises some of the issues surrounding this topic, as does Who Says Men Can't Care?, a magazine article from 2004. For more detailed information, Heather Rolfe's Men in Childcare report is well worth reading, while a slightly different angle is explored by the Pre-School Alliance, who have published Fathers’ Involvement in Early Years Settings: Findings from Research.