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When my son was at daycare, they had a couple of guys working there....personally i think its great!!!
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I don't think it matters to most people what sex the childminder is!!!! won't he leave his kids with a bloke??? I think its sad that the question was asked in this so called equal modern society!
In answer I would have to feel the person has a genuine interest in my childs happiness, devleopment and welfair more than than how much they would make from them so it would be about if I and my child take to the carer than their gender and some kids may be more comfortable with a male so could be an advantage
there isn't much cash or prestege in childcare thats why theres not many blokes in it but there weren't many blokes in nursing till it paid better now almost 40% of the staff in my unit are blokes
Personally I think its extremely beneficial to have male carers for children. However I used to work in a childrens centre in UK and we had a male nursery asst and the abuse he got from some of the parents was shocking... some even to the point of refusing that he cared for their children. Not saying that would happen everywhere but he might need a thick skin to deal with some of the thick headedness of some people!!
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When my eldest was at a private nursery in UK there was a male worker there. He was really good with kids and my daughter really took to him. He really enjoyed his job, sadly he had to leave as had health problems and was gutted he couldnt carry on looking after children. Personally I would have no problem with a male looking after my kids. As long the children are cared for and looked after well then it shouldnt matter what sex they are.
Firstly I think its a great question... as what is acceptable in one country might not be acceptable in another. not every place is up to date on equality.
In the Uk I was a nanny and my first job had 5 kids, when I left the family (who had 4 boys and a girl) employed a male aupair. I was so chuffed as the father worked away from home alot and besides teachers at school didnt have a male role figure around often than what they needed.
I also worked in a private Montessori Nursery who employed a ex army guy (who the kids loved and my son who atteneded the nursery loved him and still mentions him a year and a bit later) and also two other males. My boss was sick of 'catty' teenage girls constantly being unprofessional (I understand not every teenage girl is like that).
I would love to be rich enough to employ a Manny...
As far as the whole Nanny/Childminder bit to the question, I returned 8 weeks ago with 12 years of nannying under my belt. I (or anyone with experience with child care) can work as a nanny with a first aid cert and a police check that is focused on working with kids.
I would however be required by law do a Cert III in childrens services by (I think) 2012. I was able to work in the nursery unqualified in the UK but would have to go to Uni for 4 years to obtain a Early Childhood Diploma.
I thought long and hard as the Cert III and another course I would have done would take me 2 years I figured I should follow my dream of being a midwife and it takes only 3 years. So you have to be pretty sure. I would also have to agree the pay is peanuts for childcare. Check out nanny websites like Nanny SA and there is a few more.
Working 'cash in hand' isnt particularly viable either as most families get great rebates on childcare its not worth doing it under the table (and its very naughty). Hope this helps
Good luck in whatever you do.
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My son worked at the before and after school club and a dinner person (if I said lady he would kill me) in the same school as myself in England. The kids loved him. If my ex workmates email me they still say the kids miss my son. Even the head teacher still says they miss him because the he was a role model for the boys.
Anyway, at the school my boys go to here they have a male classroom assistant and the kids love him. They think he's great. So yes I would use a male childminder etc.
I think your mate should look into it and see what he would have to do, what as he got to loose.