Guidance for Childminders: Supporting Language Development

Barnardos. (2020). Guidance for Childminders: Supporting Language Development.
The first three years of a child’s life are crucially important for their development, particularly their language development. Children’s language does not just develop on its own though. Babies and very young children need adults to encourage and support the development of their language and communication skills. As a childminder, it is important that you reflect on how your daily routines can be developed to help promote the speech, language and communication skills of the children in your care. The more stimulation babies and young children get, with you talking and reading with them, and listening and responding to their babbles, gestures and words, the better their language and literacy will be. This resource offers guidance on how you can ensure that children have the rich language experiences that they need in their earliest years.