Male childcare worker no longer welcome at his position.
Vinicius Magalhães had been in the childcare industry for three years back in his home country of Brazil.
But despite the 21 year old having the correct qualifications and excellent references, he’s been turned down from au pair jobs and also lost shifts looking after kids at a hotel chain because of reports that parents aren’t comfortable with a male babysitter.
Vini was advised by text that he would no longer receive any shifts from his casual work at a large hotel chain in Sydney. He was understandable heartbroken by the message and says that at no point is he even left unsupervised with the children, as is standard in childcare regardless of the staff member’s gender.
He told Kidspot, “To be honest, I’ve no words to express how bad I felt at the time I read that message,” he said. “I’m qualified to do the job, and so upset and frustrated, as I’ve been giving my everything to the job, giving my love, care and making the kids happy!”
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