Daycare Centre Building Pre schooler Confidence

Daycare Centre: Building Pre-schooler Confidence

5 June 2024
Posted by: Chelsea

One of the primary objectives of daycare service providers is to help younger children develop confidence.
For any daycare centre, this involves a range of daily engagement techniques.

The daycare centre – a potential source of confidence

We all know that some adults appear far more confident and self-assured than others.

Why this happens is not entirely understood. It’s generally accepted that there may be a genetic component, with some people being naturally more outgoing and self-assertive than others.

However, it’s also clear that the early childhood years, including pre-school and primary education periods, are critically important in helping aspects of our characteristics to develop.
This has been understood since at least the middle of the 20th century. In its simplest terms, this is recognised as the need for parents, care providers and teachers, to adopt positive encouragement and feedback techniques to help children develop self-confidence in their abilities and value in the world.

Changing perceptions
Surprisingly, the legacies of past attitudes to children’s development might still linger in some quarters. Those 19th-20th century attitudes often involved ‘encouraging’ children by mocking, criticising and always demanding more.

In reality, communicating to younger children that they’ve “failed” or “aren’t good enough” can be highly damaging. Whilst some may be encouraged by such, the majority will lose self-esteem and confidence. Such damage in early life can be almost irreparable and that might severely impact their later academic and social development in schooling.

Today, the professional daycare centre would never suggest to children that they were somehow behind or not making enough progress. Instead, the emphasis is on recognising every child’s natural abilities and then praising and developing those.

What that means in practice
Of course, it is a fact that children do not all develop at the same pace and they also do not have identical skills and abilities.

This means a professional daycare centre will construct play and other activities designed to aid early learning with the emphasis on collective engagements rather than individual performance and all the notions of success and failure that can be easily associated with the latter.

This can demand excellent awareness skills as part of the centre’s early learning program. For example, a typical child of 4 is likely to be further along in most development areas than the typical three-year-old. So inevitably, the older child will likely find a shared task or game easier to complete.

Most early learning centres will have techniques to avoid age differences or other variables between children, resulting in some children feeling they haven’t done well.

Positive reinforcement
Almost all children respond well to praise and constructive suggestions. Whatever the outcome of an activity, pre-school children should always be:

  • positively recognised for the efforts they’ve made;
  • given constructive fun-filled ideas as to how things might be done differently (i.e. improved) next time;
  • asked to engage in activities that are within their capabilities by age, physical stature and development stage;
  • encouraged to try new things but entirely without pressure on performance or achievement.

If you’d like to know more about how we help build confidence in children, why not call us and make an appointment for a visit? We’d welcome the chance to show you around and explain things in more detail.

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