Guidance for Childminders: Settling in and Developing Relationships

Barnardos. (2020). Guidance for Childminders: Settling in and Developing Relationships.
Starting with a childminder is a major life transition for both young children and their families, especially if it is the first time the child has been away from their parents for more than a few hours. Such a big change can be stressful for everyone. It is really important for the child, both now and later in life, that their early experiences of big changes are good learning experiences. The learning and care environment plays a major role in a child’s development, and it significantly affects their later outcomes and life chances. As a childminder, how you support children, especially very young children, through such changes really matters. It is also important that you respond sensitively to any anxieties parents may have as they move towards trusting you to take care of their precious child. This resource offers guidance on how you can develop relationships with children and families to support children’s transition into your care.