Parents and daycare providers share an important responsibility to help nurture a child’s identity and feelings of accomplishment and value.
The early childhood years are a critical time in the formation of self esteem. During these first years children form impressions of their capabilities and self worth based on their successes and the feedback they receive.
Children with a strong sense of self worth feel able to take on challenges, believe in their ability to be successful, and see setbacks as temporary situations that can be overcome. Children with poor self image are easily discouraged, lack initiative to begin daunting tasks and see obstacles as defeating and permanent.
Daily interactions, teaching methods and choices in an early childhood education program make an important impact on children’s development of self esteem.