Myth: Childminders are just babysitters, children just play and don’t learn as much with a childminder
Fact: Play is an essential ingredient to support children to think and make sense of the world around them. The value of play is understood by childminders who will have a daily routine in place to ensure children’s learning and development needs are being met.
This includes a range of stimulating activities, including creative play, messy play, outdoor play, reading, storytelling, role play and music. Childminders may take children on regular trips; depending on the hours a child attends a setting; and participate in groups and activities within the local area.
This childminding myth, along with other negative assumptions about working in childcare can be frustrating for childminders, who know only too well the commitment and dedication that goes into the work they do.
Childminding Ireland has joined forces with four leading childminding organisations within the United Kingdom and Ireland to launch a campaign that dispels some controversial childminding myths. It is important that parents are aware of the facts when choosing a childcare provider that suits their family needs.
Here are some other common childminding myths which this campaign is striving to dispel:
- Childminders can look after as many children as they want at any one time
- Childminding is only for women
- A childminder will replace the parent/s in a child’s affection
- A childminder works for me (the parent)
- Childminders are uninsured
Join the campaign today to help give childminding the recognition it deserves. To follow the campaign on social media, use #ChildcareChampions #ChildmindingVoices.
Click here to view the video explaining this myth.
Click here for the brochure which dispels this common myth.
Click here for the press release relating to the campaign.