Teaching your child independence from an early age

Grade R, a critical year to establish the fundamentals of a child’s capacity to become a life-long learner, is essentially a bridging year from pre-school, where children are still considered the ‘little ones’, to formal schooling. It is around this time when a child begins to develop a sense of independence and thus starts taking responsibility for their behavioural outcomes.

According to Fiona Oldacre, HOD for Early Childhood Development and Foundation Phase at Embury Institute for Higher Education (Embury), “teachers and parents need to encourage children to think and act independently so that they can cope emotionally and socially with the demands that Grade 1 carries.”

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