What it takes to make your child happy and confident

Andrew Silva, 02 Aug 2022

Confident children who are motivated to engage in more experiences are better able to build positive relationships, and grow into happier, successful adults. Children generally gain happiness and confidence from loving environments, such as spending time with family and friends, hearing encouraging, positive words, and feeling that they are being listened to.

With this in mind, it’s up to us as parents and educators to help children develop confidence—especially in the early childhood years when it makes the most significant impact.

The best childcare centres help develop self-esteem

Your childcare centre plays a vital role in your child’s healthy development. At Young Academics, our Evolution Program (0-3) and Transition to School Program (3-5) are underpinned by a rights-based approach to learning. We take a personalised view, where we recognise the different ways children communicate. Our educators are responsive and adaptable to each child’s needs and approach to learning. Through our programs, children feel safe, supported and informed. They also actively participate in their education and care by being involved in shared decision-making throughout their day to build their confidence.

Ways to improve your child’s confidence

Parents can use some powerful strategies in conjunction with their child’s educators to raise a happy and confident child. 

1. Lead by example

Parents are a child’s first teachers. Your child is always watching you, so try to show them your confident side. For example, remember to keep your emotions in check to moderate your response to situations. Show them persistence in overcoming obstacles, and try to be optimistic—always.

2. Establish routines

Routines help a child feel safe and secure. They also give them a sense of being in control, enabling them to handle stressful situations better. So whether it’s a regular bedtime routine or structured activities throughout the day, these things can help your child feel like the world is a predictable, safe place.

3. Give your child small responsibilities

Doing everything for your child takes away their opportunity to learn something new. Allowing them to help with daily tasks, such as folding their clothes, picking up their toys or feeding their pet, helps your child build confidence by developing self-help skills. Letting them execute specific tasks makes them realise they are competent and teaches a degree of independence.

4. Praise their efforts and achievements

Always be encouraging, and when your child completes a task or wins a game, praise them. This helps them feel loved, appreciated and builds self-esteem.

At Young Academics, we’re always mindful of our educators’ language and behaviour so that it inspires and encourages children in everything they do. We also design our classroom activities around developing children’s self-confidence.

5. Let them make choices

When you let your child make choices, they’ll gain confidence in their good judgement. However, too much control at this age can feel overwhelming, so, for example, don’t ask your child what they want for lunch. Instead, give them two or three options, such as either a sandwich or pasta, giving them the ability to decide without compromising your role as a parent. 

How to settle a new child into childcare

Starting childcare can be emotionally stressful for both children and parents. Some children will adapt very quickly, while others will cry every day. But there are some things you can implement to make the transition to childcare more smooth and happy.

Encourage and give comfort

Getting your child excited about childcare can make a big difference. Positive words of encouragement and talking about fun activities early on can help your child feel in control and lessen any fears they may have. Including their favourite toy in the conversation can also help them find comfort and not feel alone at childcare.

Make it a gradual transition 

It’s an unfamiliar environment, so help your child feel more comfortable by initially spending more time there at the beginning. You can watch them play for a while or talk to the carers so that your child gradually gets used to the new place and its people. 

Say goodbye once

Communicate clearly with your child, so they know you will be leaving, and reassure them that you’ll return to pick them up. Then say goodbye once and leave quickly. Parents who hang around or keep coming back to say goodbye can end up causing their child further distress.

At Young Academics, we go above and beyond to make your child feel comfortable and part of a nurturing family environment where they can flourish. So, if you’re looking for a childcare centre in Sydney that can help you raise a happy, confident child, call us on 1300 668 993 and book a tour today.

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