Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Education Honours


School of Education


Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Dr Mary Rohl


The objective of this study was to investigate what a caregiver sees as her role in relation to young children's oral language development. This study examines her perceptions and beliefs, as well as the various activities that she thinks facilitates language development with under 2-year-old children. The main focus of the study is her language interactions with the children while they took part in three activities. The investigation involved qualitative case study research to collect the oral language interactions between the caregiver and the young children and the activities she provides. The features of the caregiver's speech to young children were identified from the research literature. The study was carried out in a community based childcare centre with one caregiver and five under 2-year-old children who were in her care. Results from the investigation suggest that the caregiver’s perceptions and beliefs, the activities she provides and her oral language interactions with the children have the potential to facilitate the children's language development in this childcare centre.