Our little ones are future leaders

Supporting little ones to learn at an early age means they can be confident and capable community members later in life.

Little ones learn through experiences at home (from birth), at early childhood education and care services and programs like kindy (the year before school).

At home

The positive relationships a child has with you and other family members in the early years will shape their understanding of social skills in future years.

When children have a sense of belonging and feel connected to their world, they develop confidence and resilience. They learn to listen and share ideas, be part of a team, build positive relationships, and will have the confidence to try new things.

When children feel confident, engaged and supported, they feel confident to learn and will build a love of learning for life.

At an early childhood education and care service

There are lots of ways quality services can help children feel comfortable and safe to play and learn.

Having a supportive environment is important for little ones to learn, as they try new ideas, develop skills and build relationships (respect, friendships, values). Sometimes it may take a few goes to get the hang of something new, but by trying again they learn resilience and by asking for help they learn about relationships in the community.

At a quality early childhood education and care service, children can develop a strong sense of identity, feel connected to their world and have a sense of wellbeing as they become confident communicators and involved learners.

Video originally sourced from the DET Foundations For Success website, providing additional guidance to the Early Years Learning Framework for the delivery quality early learning programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Published — 15 October 2016 Last updated — 22 December 2016

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