Im a childminder and have no issues with other cultures/ religions etc I'm white myself so if for eg i look after a child who happens to be muslim I just ask that parents inform me of things like if they do or don't recognise christmas or if the family don't eat pork/ beef etc as i'm no expert in other cultures but i am willing to learn about it and teach the other children in my care. I see no reason why we cannot teach the next generation to be more accepting and live together! If we were all exactly the same and all wore the same clothes, ate the same food, drove the same car etc etc the world would be very very boring!
How long have you been looking for childcare, where are you? Have you looked on the childcare link website?
Why do you think it is taking you so long to find one? Is there a shortage of CMs with vacancies in the area in which you live? Have you visited any yet and what was there response? I am a non white CM and I would not think colour has anything to do with it as most CM would have an equal opportunity policy. Keep on looking and I hope you find one soon.
I look after an African little girl, and mum and dad have no problems that I know of. I happened to have a space at the time, but I know that around me there are maybe only 1 or 2 spaces left with childminders in the whole town as we are in demand here!
Did you look on the children's information service website for vacancies?
Many years ago (over 15 yrs) my mum used to be a child minder.....and she used to have people from all different races/religions and cultures (this was based in Swindon) and had no issue with it. The parents were clear about their expectations with regards to foods and my mum was with them....she never turned anyone away when she had a vacancy. I really hope to find a good childminder like my mum was near to where I live now (Essex). My mum used to take them to mothers and toddlers group and teddy bears picnics etc... she was great I just wished she still did it and lived nearby
Well it certainly doesn't exist where I childmind. I mind 8 children atm, 4 of which have cultures/religions different to mine. If you truely believe that it is a racial problem and not just that the CM's you've contacted so far can't accommodate you, then you need to speak to OFSTED. Personally, I love the diversity of my families. And some of the food I get given is fantastic!