The aim of this study was to understand the views and approaches community caregivers use to provide care to children aged fewer than three years. This is an exploratory, descriptive study with qualitative data analysis. Study subjects were defined by mapping possible community caregivers assisting children under three years old. Semi structured interviews were conducted among 18 community caregivers, in their homes. A thematic categorial data analysis was performed, which allowed two categories to be identified: care from the caregiver's viewpoint and ways of caring. The first category showed that caring for children aged fewer than three years is a task that requires responsibility and commitment. The second category showed that caregivers prioritize the children's nutrition, hygiene and safety, and that they consider playing important to drive the kids' learning and socialization process. This study showed the need to provide more opportunities for dialog among mothers, fathers, other family members, caregivers, and community professionals who deal with childhood with the aim to increase knowledge about child care.
educational processes; community child caregivers; child care