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Becoming Independent Learners

Here are some ideas of things you can do at home to help your child become an independent learner. 


  • Encourage them to go to the toilet on their own, even if it means you stand outside. 
  • Can your child wipe their bottom by themself? Help them to practise, remembering to wipe from front to back. Many children can be out of nappies, yet learning to mange self hygiene fully (being clean and dry) takes a lot more practise!
  • Ensure your child knows how to wash their hands thoroughly using soap and water. Teach them to dry them properly too, as many children don't do this and get very sore hands as a result. 
  • Practise dressing independently. Can your child get dressed on their own?  What do they need help with?  Take some time to practise the tricky things. Zips, buttons, coats and shoes are a good place to start.
  • Can your child recognsie their name? Try to help them read it. Look for places around the house where your child's name might be, for example, on their bedroom door, on a birthday card, etc. 
  • Lots of our older children are writing their name. Can you help them master this? It doesn't have to be on paper. See if you can find other ways. Perhaps they could write it in a tray of flour or sugar using their finger!
  • Can your child use scissors? If you have a pair of children's scissors at home, help your child to learn how to use them. Let them snip tiny bits of paper, cut along lines you have drawn or even try and cut out shapes such as a circle or a square. Use your discretion as to how closey they need to be supervised!