Hello.Thats Great!!I currently have two male employees,one is a preschool teacher . Male or female teacher ,when it comes to potty time ,the teachers allow the children to go in alone(restrooms are in our preschool classroom).If the child needs assistance ,the teacher stands at the door and give instructions.If a teacher male or female have to give extra assistance,I always tell them to leave the door open and the other teacher can stand by the outside of the door(still observing the children in care as well).
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Hi, Veronique,I'm glad you asked the question and pleased that you are inviting a man to teach in your program.Please tell us more about your program the male teacher.For example, is the male teacher an experienced teacher or an assistant who has limited teaching. Have you had other men teaching in your program before and how did it go? I can offer some general information that I hope helps.It's important to know that most parents want men to work with children (in one study 98% wanted male teachers). There may be a few parents (and staff) who have questions and concerns and that is important to address. I remember one mom, who was going through a terrible divorce, who was very harsh with me and only me - none of the female staff - with the support of my co-workers and boss, I was able to win her over and she became a great ally to me in my work with her daughter and son.In our work (Men in Education Network Interest Forum and MenTeach.org), we encourage programs to develop what we call a Nurturing Policy. Years ago a teacher at the YWCA - Guy Pitroski in Minneapolis shared his experiences and we've expanded on his original idea.Essentially it answers the question: How do we nurture and care for our children. Do we comfort them with hugs if they get hurt? Do they sit on our laps if we are reading to them one-on-one? What is our policy with changing diapers? There are many ways that we nurture children and being clear with those policies and building in protections for ALL staff prevents problems and protects our children. We work with parents and offer them information and discuss how we care and nurture their children. Some parents may be uncomfortable with men changing diapers because of their culture or beliefs - it's important to have these discussions before the man starts so that you have clear policies (viz. ALL staff change diapers although with thoughtful discussion and agreements there may be exceptions). Interestingly how we nurture children becomes even MORE significant for ALL staff with COVID-19 and preventing the spread of illnesses!One of the best ways I have found to think about having a man teach is to replace any sentence about the male teacher with another identity.As an example, some might say: I think the male staff should take out the trash.Try saying it with the following identities:I think the Protestant staff should take out the trash...I think the Blond haired staff should take out the trash...I think only female staff should change diapers.I think the brown eyed staff should only change diapers.I think the [place another identity - Latinx, Jewish, Catholic, African-American, etc.] should only change diapers.Perhaps these examples provides some perspective.As you think about your new employee keep these things in mind:1) It is illegal to treat one employee different than other employees. For example, if female staff change diapers, it is discrimination to NOT allow the male staff to change diapers. There are some exceptions, we do make accommodations for people with disabilities (viz. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)).2) We recommend a policy that NO staff, male or female, be alone with children and if that isn't possible then have cameras available so that there is documentation to protect the children AND to protect the staff.3) ALL staff should be screened (Minnesota requires background checks) and supervised well to prevent any harm to our children. As any Supervisor knows, Criminal Background checks are only one screening tool and should not be used alone in protecting our children from predators.4) Are ALL staff supportive of the new employee, particularly his Supervisor and will they welcome him?If you provide more information, I can offer more detailed suggestions.