Developing Children’s Self-esteem
Self-esteem is how a person feels about themselves and what they do.
Someone with positive self-esteem will generally approach things thinking they are a good person who deserves love and support and can succeed in life. Someone with low or negative self-esteem will generally think they are not good at things, don’t deserve love or support and that situations will work out badly for them. The purpose of the course is to raise awareness of the importance of self-esteem in the early years and throughout life and how childminders can support children to develop positive self-esteem in their daily practice.
This course aims to give childminders the support needed to:
- Define and explore self-esteem.
- Discover how a positive self-image affects a child.
- Look at the influence of adults on a child’s self-esteem.
- Promote the importance of positive reinforcement.
Key learning during this course includes understanding and explaining:
- The term self-esteem and the typical characteristics or behaviour that may be observed from a child with low self-esteem compared to a child with higher self-esteem.
- Why it is important for children to hold high self-esteem and the approach to take in supporting the development of children’s self-esteem.
- The experiences/activities to offer within a childminding service that would develop and support children’s self-esteem.
- How to use communication and language in a daily practice to support children’s self-esteem.
- The importance of positive reinforcement and how to use this in daily practice.
- How to deal with a challenging situation such as a child experiencing a sense of failure or disappointment that supports the building of resilience.
- How to ensure children are listened to, take their views/feelings on board and respond to them in a positive manner.
Course outcomes: When you have completed this course, your core knowledge and understanding will include:
- How and where to access information and support that can inform a childminding practice when supporting children and young people to promote their own mental health needs.
- How to access Government reports, inquiries and research reports into children and young people that especially relate to mental health needs.
- Theories relevant to the children and young people with whom you work about loss and change and the effects of stress and distress.
- The importance of stable family, adult and peer relationships and the impact of disruption, including placement disruption.
- The conditions and issues likely to be faced working with children and young people, and parents, families and carers.
- Sources of information, resources and advice available to promote the positive mental health development of children and young people and how to access these.
Training Provider Overview
We help childminders build on their Continuous Professional Learning. This includes interactive learning courses, e-Learning courses and access to webinars, network meetings, conferences and complimentary courses Taking part in these opportunities enables childminders to take responsibility for both their professional development and that of their childminding service – focusing on children, to help them achieve their full potential. We actively encourage childminders to take the opportunity to build on their knowledge, skills and professional growth throughout their career. SCMA is proud to be a SQA Approved Centre, which means that in addition to providing our own, bespoke learning opportunities, the Learn with SCMA team can also deliver SQA qualifications. The SQA qualification that we currently deliver is the Complete Childminding Learning Pathway - a Work Based Award, which is credit rated at Level 7 on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF).
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SCMA are commited to ensuring that on-going quality improvement is an integral part of our organisation. The Learn with SCMA team aims for continuous improvement in the quality of all aspects of its work as part of its determination to help Learners achieve the highest possible standards.
Our Quality Assurance Policy is in place to ensure such continuous improvement through a process of self-evaluation and action planning. The Quality Assurance Policy and associated procedures involves all employees, Learners and collaborative partners such as the Care Inspectorate (CI), Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and Skills Development Scotland (SDS). The quality assurance policy is managed through the existing organisational structure. The quality assurance procedures are founded in a process of regular self-evaluation by teams and internal and external audits and observations, in addition to Learner feedback and local training needs.