At Cuddles Childcare Centres, our motto is “learning through play.” At any of our three Perth area locations, you are more likely than not to see children happily at play at any given time during the day. While children are playing, we always make sure to praise them at appropriate times. We know that praise and encouragement are the quickest ways to help a child build poise and confidence.
We heartily recommend using praise, encouragement and reward to steer your child on the right path. Here’s why.
Praise means telling your child what you like about what they are doing. It is based on action or results. We all like praise, even adults, but it is more important for a child to hear from parents on a regular basis. Praise not only helps develop a child’s self-esteem, but it is a great way to steer them towards a moral and ethical life. Praise for behaviour such as sharing or showing compassion tends to help children develop those traits as parts of their personalities.
You can also praise your child for a job well done or for winning a game.
Encouragement is a form of praise, but is giving praise for effort as opposed to behaviour or results. If you praise a child for working hard or trying hard, it can help them develop those habits in the future. You can also use encouragement to help them complete a task, such as “Show me how fast you can put your toys away.”
We are strong believers of rewarding children for good behaviour. Reward for doing things right is an extension of consequences for doing things wrong. If your child gets plenty of “consequences” but no rewards, they tend to not be as happy or develop the same positive behaviour habits as those who are rewarded for accomplishments or good behaviour.
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