Barnardos. (2021). The Role of the Childminder in Early Learning. https://knowledge.barnardos.ie/handle/20.500.13085/86
We know from research that during the first
five years of a child’s life, their relationships
and experiences actually build their
brains and create the foundations for
their lifelong wellbeing, learning and
While parents are the primary
caregivers and are responsible for their
child’s learning and development, where
a child is cared for outside the home,
other caregivers also play a crucial role in the
child’s learning. As a childminder, you have a lot
of responsibility. Babies and young children learn from
all their experiences – good and bad – so providing good quality care and learning experiences for
them when they are in your home is crucial for their childhood and their future.
This resource highlights the many ways of providing babies and young children with the support
they need to develop and grow as confident learners. It outlines the importance, in your role as
a childminder, of understanding and responding to children’s learning needs, and providing the
youngest children in your care with good quality learning opportunities such as play and exploration.
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