Why is home-from-home care perfect for Irish families?

Just as every family and the children within it are unique, so too are Childminders. The variety of Childminders allows you, the parents/guardians to find the right Childminder for your family. Home based care mirrors the atmosphere and flexibility of home life and allows children to grow and develop in this homely setting.

Are you looking for a childminder? Choosing someone to look after your child when you return to work or training is one of the most important decisions you can make as a parent.

There are a number of different childcare options and what you chose will depend on your needs as a family. However, with all childcare settings, as a parent, you should feel actively engaged in your child’s learning and development and the setting should show an interest in your whole family, not just your child.

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As parents, it is vital that our children are well cared for, but we can’t all be with them 24 hours a day. The Childminding Ireland Index helps parents find the right childminder in their area that suits their needs by listing all the registered childminders available to them.

Just as every family and the children within it are unique, so too are Childminders. The variety of Childminders allows you, the parents/guardians to find the right Childminder for your family. Home based care mirrors the atmosphere and flexibility of home life and allows children to grow and develop in this homely setting.

Are you looking for a childminder? Choosing someone to look after your child when you return to work or training is one of the most important decisions you can make as a parent.

There are a number of different childcare options and what you chose will depend on your needs as a family. However, with all childcare settings, as a parent, you should feel actively engaged in your child’s learning and development and the setting should show an interest in your whole family, not just your child.

Childminders Search

 Choose a Location All Carlow Cavan Clare Cork Donegal Dublin Dublin North Dublin North County Dublin South Dublin South County Galway Kerry Kildare Kilkenny Laois Leitrim Limerick Longford Louth Mayo Meath Monaghan Offaly Roscommon Sligo Tipperary Waterford Westmeath Wexford Wicklow 

As parents, it is vital that our children are well cared for, but we can’t all be with them 24 hours a day. The Childminding Ireland Index helps parents find the right childminder in their area that suits their needs by listing all the registered childminders available to them.

Research has shown how childminding differs from other types of childcare.

Childminding Ireland held Consultation Workshops in 19 locations around the country. ‘As we continued our consultation, it became clear that there were consistent themes emerging throughout the country, and those themes highlight the unique nature of childminding’ explains Bernadette Orbinski Burke, Chief Executive of Childminding Ireland.

Childminding is different from other types of childcare. Children can be out and about in their local communities, increasing their sense of belonging and strengthening communities. For example, childminders can bring children to the local parks to play, the shops for messages or to the nearby post office to post a letter.

Childminding also brings freedom which allows activities to be naturally child led. This freedom is not as easy to replicate in a more formal childcare setting. Orbinski explains ‘childminders don’t have set times for activities so they can adapt their plans according to the needs of the child. For example, childminders can support a child’s natural interests as they arise, e.g. go out to see the animals or visit a nature trail. Also, if a child needs an extra nap or would prefer to sit quietly to read a book when they wake up, that’s no problem’.

Other differences between childminding and other forms of childcare which were recorded during consultations included: • Childminding offers family support • Children learn important life skills, including problem solving, independence & decision making building self esteem • Childminders are ideally placed to provide nurturing care because of the small numbers minded • Childminders encourage children to spend time connecting with nature which can foster a lifelong appreciation for it • Childminders build lasting relationships with mindees which support resilience building • The culture of home based childcare is unique

One of the core finding was that childminders feel a responsibility to each child and their family to nurture and protect childhood, which they view as precious and getting shorter.

The findings are being shared in a series of videos which will be on social media over the coming months. Use #ChildmindingIsDifferent and #ChildhoodIsAShortSeason to follow the campaign.

Click here to view the videos in the campaign.