Guidance for Childminders: Understanding Children's Behaviour

Barnardos. (2020) Guidance for Childminders: Understanding Children's Behaviour.
The early years are a critical period for all learning, in particular social-emotional learning. Childminders can play a central role in guiding children’s social and emotional development, supporting children to understand their emotions and develop their behaviour skills. To do this, you must first understand that children’s behaviour is an important way of communicating their emotions and their needs. By understanding the reasons for a child’s behaviour, and what it is they might be feeling, you will be able to respond in a positive rather than a reactive way, which will lead to better outcomes for the child. This resource aims to give you a better understanding of children’s behaviour and what it is that a child may be trying to communicate through their behaviour, and outlines how you can respond to this behaviour in an understanding way.