Developing Self-Esteem in Young Children


This short course, aimed at those working in an early years setting, explores answers to the following questions: What is self-esteem, why is it so crucial to children’s development, and how can you contribute? This course outlines the characteristics of a child with healthy self-esteem and compares this to the characteristics of children with low or poor self-esteem. You will learn what you can do to support the development of children’s healthy self-esteem.


Learning outcomes

  • You will gain an understanding of the value of healthy self-esteem to a child’s life, and how this is crucial to their personal, social, and emotional development
  • You will learn to work in partnership with parents and carers to build a child’s self-esteem
  • You will learn how to encourage children’s positive self-esteem, use praise carefully, and add in elements of choice during activities


Advantages of this course

  • Self-esteem is an important part of personal, social, and emotional development and in the early years, a confident child will be more willing to communicate their likes, dislikes, needs, and feelings to an early years practitioner
  • You will explore a number of key interventions and activities that can boost a child’s self-esteem
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge