New scheme to help childminders discover more about development of babies' brains launched

Maria Harwood, a childminder for ten years and baby Bacchus

Vicki Haley and ten month old Michael

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A new scheme has been launched to help make childminders more aware of how babies' brains develop.

The Baby Matters in Enfield (B-ME) course helps childminders to learn about babies’ brain development.

Organised by Enfield Borough Council, the one full-day or two half-day sessions focus on the emotional developments of the babies’ brain as well as the effects of play and interaction with others.

Councillor Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said, “Our childminders are helping us to evaluate the course.

"They have been asked to take photos, record their observations and to play a full part in this very special programme. We believe there is so much to discover in caring for babies and building a professional base for childminders.

“We want to enhance their work and recognise their competence seeing how that translates into children who will be ready and confident to start school.”

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