Lots of my clients build a support team around them in order to continue their careers after they have children. Usually it is a domestic army of grandparents, childminders, creches, au pairs and nannies – all of whom have their priceless role to play in the delicate balance that is daily child care – and are usually women. But would you hire a "man-ny" to look after your children? Now, as you probably know, I normally concentrate on the role of women in male-dominated fields but this article in the Edinburgh Evening News caught my eye. It’s about men who choose to work in one of the oldest female professions (no, not that one!) – childcare.
What’s interesting is that across the UK as a whole, just two per cent of childcare professionals are men- but in Edinburgh, the proportion is far higher – 12 per cent. It makes me wonder what they are doing right up there to get so many more men actually valuing what is most often poorly paid – but vital work. Have you hired male child care workers? Do your young children have male teachers? What’s the impact? Tell us your experience!