Pre-school education: Where are all the men?

Pre-school education: Where are all the men?

For those with pre-school aged children, it's not hard to notice the lack of men when you drop your kids off.

New Zealand is suffering a serious shortage of male teachers in early childhood education and experts say Kiwi kids are missing out and need these role models.

But three men in Hamilton College are sticking out like sore thumbs because they are bucking the trend.

The job requires patience, endurance and endless energy but the unlikely trio are determined to get their qualifications to become full-time teachers in the classroom.

In 2013 there were more than 22,000 pre-school teachers across New Zealand but only 486 were men.

It's a difficult industry and the stigma and attitudes towards men working with children are hard to change but it's a learning environment that is desperate for men.

Story went to meet the three lads who are changing the future of the young children and pre-schooling in Hamilton.

Watch the video for the full Story report.