Did you know that what we call "family child care" in the USA is called "childminding" in Ireland? Across a large number of countries, people offer child care with varying levels of regulatory support, and a recent webinar that was organized for Irish childminders included me for a discussion about the role of childminding in Ireland's Early Care and Education landscape. I was pleased to participate along with Miriam O'Regan in a webinar hosted by Prof. Nóirín Hayes, of the Researching Early Childhood Education Collaborative (RECEC) at the School of Education at Trinity College of Dublin and Bernadette Orbinski Burke, the CEO of Childminding Ireland which is the professional association for childminders there. If you'd like to know more about the webinar, check out the web page describing it that includes a video.
The Childminding Difference webinar was well-attended on Tuesday, November 16 and can now be viewed via YouTube.