Updated: Mar 5, 2019
Children have a drive to be independent and do things on their own…
Children have a drive to be independent and do things on their own. This is a healthy part of normal child development. As children grow, they learn to do more and more tasks.
Self-help skills are worth the time and effort in a child care program. The secret to success is to give children age-appropriate experiences and provide the appropriate supports to help children be successful.
Child care providers can offer opportunities for children to develop self-help skills and give them ample time to work on these important tasks.
Remember that adults are important role models. We model self-help skills; children learn a great deal from watching us.
It can be faster and less messy to do things for children, but they learn so much from doing things for themselves.
When children practice self-help skills such as feeding and dressing themselves, they practice their large and small motor skills, gain confidence in their ability to try new things and build their self-esteem and pride in their independence
Here we see this little one helping herself to her water bottle ..... learning to recognise their possessions a great start to independence
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