Developing Self-Esteem in Young Children

This short course, aimed at those working in an early years setting, explores the 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 characteristics of children with low or poor self-esteem. You will learn what you can do as a childcare practitioner to support the development of children's healthy self-esteem.

Learning outcomes:

  • The learner 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
  • The learner will be able to work in partnership with parents and carers to build a child's self-esteem 
  • The learner will know 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 - crucial information for effectively supporting a child. A Number of key interventions and activities that can boost a child's self-esteem will be suggested to learners website and video resources are utilised to explore self-esteem further.

Additional activities encourage the learner to reflect on the learning. There is also suggested extra reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge. 


Our CPD short courses are written by occupationally competent professionals and each lesson combines filmed tutorials, reading activities, quizzes and good practice examples for an engaging learning experience.


Many of our courses are endorsed learning programmes (ELPs) by awarding body, CACHE


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