Our belief that home-based early years settings are the right choice for children is underpinned by an extensive and growing body of research. For example, studies tell us that children in small, home-style settings make above average development in early language development and reading. This is no surprise to us, because home-based early years care guarantees children the opportunity to build a strong, secure bond with a single adult in a small setting that is ripe for early communication development.
We know that what matters most to us as parents is the quality of the provider in the home-based setting, which is why we invest our training and resources in supporting them to make the most of the unique benefits of their home-based setting. High quality providers are highly emotionally responsive to those in their care, typically over a long period of time, which enables them to guide children towards taking steps to regulate their own behaviour and emotions. Many of our members have taken care of children from the time they were toddlers through primary and even into secondary school, building a strong, long-term bond.
Some additional benefits for children include: family-style routines be it lunch around a kitchen table, trips to local shops and playgrounds or playrooms akin to their own at home; and the flexibility for small groups of children to participate in regular, weekly activities with other settings, which broadens and deepens their understanding of the world around them.
They also provide great benefits for parents, including greater convenience. Home-based settings typically offer greater flexibility for bookings, which nurseries cannot accommodate. Families can also take their pick of settings that are either close to their home, place of work, or anywhere in between. The vast majority of our settings also offer wrap-around care, including nursery and school collections, which cater for the more complex needs of growing families, including with older siblings.