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Life Skills Program

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:


IPP's can be used to support Life Skills programming. Examples of Life Skills programming for infants include:


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:


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:

Kindergarten and School Age

At this age, many families are giving their children more responsibility and independence. For example: