What are Life Skills?
At Centres for Early Learning, we believe that the skills and experiences acquired in early childhood are foundational.
Our Life Skills Education program (LSE) strives to provide children with the practical skills of daily living. This program will provide an environment where children are encouraged to develop respect, responsibility and independence through activities, and the support of a staff that value and reflect these qualities
Life Skills Education is integral to excellence in early childhood education and the foundational promise of high quality care and education
How are Life Skills implemented?
Life skills encourage children to become more independent and grow. When children are independent and fully engaged, their self –esteem is supported, thus Life Skills are encouraged each and every day at our centres.
Our primary areas of focus are:
- Limits and Expectations
- Social Skills
- Self Help Skills
- Organizations Skills
- Care of the Environment (indoor and outdoor)
- Personal Hygiene & care and Cooking
IPP's can be used to support Life Skills programming. Examples of Life Skills programming for infants include:
- Holding their own bottle
- Asking the older infant to bring objects to you - e.g. "Bring me the ball."
Toddlers are at an age where they are becoming more independent. Life Skills programming is an important part of the toddlers’ day. Toddler teachers can help toddlers with their new-found independence with Life Skills activities. Activities should be age appropriate, so the toddler does not become frustrated. Toddler teachers understand that each child develops at different ages/stages. One child may start toilet training at 18 months and another may be ready closer to 26 months. Toddler’s Life Skills include:
- Dressing themselves
- Cooking activities - helping with pouring & spreading
- Tidying the classroom and playground environment
Preschool children are reaching a stage of more independence in their abilities and thinking. Life Skills at this age encourage independence and foster positive self-esteem. Children master skills needed for future success. For example:
- Managing their own dressing and belongings·
- Personal hygiene (tucking themselves in, washing their faces)
- Caring for their classroom
Kindergarten and School Age
At this age, many families are giving their children more responsibility and independence. For example:
- Helping make their own lunches/helping prepare dinner, setting table, doing dishes
- Following multiple instructions with minimal assistance
- Personal grooming and hygiene (independently)