Encouraging Independence in Young People.

Independence is an essential trait that parents should encourage in their children from an early age. Teaching children to be independent helps them develop essential life skills, such as problem-solving, decision-making, and self-management.

At nursery we encourage independence through a range of activities.

  • Self-serving all meals and drinks (including the baby room.)
  • Cutting fruit and vegetables.
  • Setting the tables for meals.
  • Allowing children to wipe their own noses and then wash their hands.
  • Dressing and undressing.
  • Tidying up after playing and eating.
  • Risk assessments and taking risks.
  • Accident forms.
  • Childs voice in all rooms (selection tray for babies/toddlers.)
  • Creating shopping lists for ingredients.
  • Making their own playdough and paint.

Things you can do to help encourage independence.

  • Set predictable routines.
  • Let your child  choose.
  • Let your child  help..
  • Give your child chores.
  • Let your child solve problems.
  • Encourage projects.
  • Allow them to make mistakes.
  • Nurture free play.

Independence is important because…

  • It promotes confidence and self-esteem as well as motivation and perseverance in school.​
  • It fosters self-reliance.
  • It gives your child a sense of importance and belonging
  • It develops their levels of self-awareness and sensitivity towards others. ​
  • It teaches them self-motivation.
  • It provides them with the belief that they are competent and capable of taking care of themselves.​
  • It allows them to become good decision-makers
  • It develops other vital qualities.​
  • It gives them the freedom to experience life fully and learn its many important lessons. ​
  • It makes them happy and healthy.

How Does Risk Taking Benefit Children?

  • Taking risks in a safe environment builds confidence and teaches valuable life skills.
  • Children learn self-regulation, e.g., “how high is too high in this tree?” or “how fast can I ride my bike and still stop quickly?”
  • Allowing children appropriate independence sends the message, “I trust you.”
  • Taking risks helps you see areas where your child might need additional guidance or support.