Identity and independence

As little ones learn about the world through experiences and relationships, they are learning about themselves too.

From birth, children’s interactions with family members, friends and community shape their understanding of the world, and their place in it. This includes an understanding of culture and language.

Allowing children to be actively involved in decisions and actions that affect them can help your child understand their environment and the results of their decisions and actions. Being in a loving and a safe environment boosts confidence and self-esteem.

Each new experience is a chance to learn something new and build their identity. By talking with little ones about what is happening, how it makes them feel and what they can do, you are being a strong role model and nurturing their love of learning.

Image Child wears dress ups and chooses a book to read, expressing his individuality and learning independence

Published — 15 September 2016 Last updated — 31 October 2016

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