Building Self-Awareness and Self-Confidence
Self- confidence is not something we are born with. It comes from being cared for, responded to appropriately and feeling secure. From the moment a child joins us, our staff build trusting relationships and respond to the needs of the children in their care. Self-awareness derives from a deep-seated intrapersonal understanding. A child needs to develop an active sense of self, who they are and where they come from. Additionally, they need to understand how they fit in to the variety of social groupings they will encounter on a daily basis. They need to learn to empathise, sympathise and understand how they and their actions are perceived by other people. Our activities will always incorporate elements of reflection and interpretation and help children in this process. Our Mentors ask questions such as “How does this make you feel?”, “Why does that make you sad?”, “What do you think about when you get angry?”, “Why did that story make you laugh?”. This encourages children to think about and express how they are feeling.
Our children are offered encouragement to try out new things and are praised for their successes no matter how small they may be. Children are not compared to one another but are assessed against the Early years foundation stage milestones as individuals so that their progression can be noted and praised in a meaningful way, helping to build self esteem