Promoting children’s development of self esteem and identity

Self esteem is feeling good about yourself. Good self esteem helps children try new things, take healthy risks and solve problems. It gives them a solid foundation for their learning and development.

Educators at Warooga promote this learning by:

* Promote in all children a strong sense of who they are and ensure all children experience pride and confidence in their achievements.

* Share children’s successes with families.

* Show respect for diversity, acknowledging the varying approaches of children, families, communities and cultures.

* Demonstrate deep understanding of each child, their family and community contexts in planning for children’s learning.

* Provide children with examples of the many ways identities and culture are recognized and expressed.

* Build upon culturally valued approaches to learning.

* Build on the knowledge, languages and understandings that children bring.

* Talk with children in respectful ways about similarities and differences in people.

* Provide rich and diverse resources that reflect children’s social worlds.

* Listen to and learn about children’s understandings of themselves.

* Actively support the maintenance of home language and culture.