Promoting Independence in Kindergarten: Nurturing Confidence

Independence in kindergarten is about more than just developing a skill in our little ones. Independence is actually the gateway to their overall growth. When little ones learn to do things for themselves, they gain an incredible sense of accomplishment and self-worth. This boost in confidence encourages them to take on new challenges and persevere through things they find difficult. That’s why it’s so important that independence is encouraged and developed at kindergartens. So, let’s explore the benefits of this incredible skill, and what early learning centres can do to grow independent little minds!

Independence children have – 


It’s common knowledge that independent children are more likely to believe in their own abilities. This is because the self-confidence kids experience when they complete a task that requires independent thinking or ability, translates into a willingness to try new things, and a resilience to more difficult tasks. So by encouraging independence in our little ones – we’re growing children who are more confident and more driven.  

Children who are independent are also more likely to take responsibility for their actions, because they’ve had the chance to make decisions for themselves. This helps them understand the consequences of their choices and builds their sense of accountability. 

Problem-Solving Skills

When children are encouraged to solve problems on their own, they develop much-needed critical thinking skills and learn to approach challenges with creativity and resourcefulness. A sense of independence allows them to take on tasks and challenges confidently, while having the belief that they will be able to solve a problem on their own. So it’s a win-win for learning and trying new things! 

Social and learning skills

Independent children often have better social skills too. A child who has a sense of independence is more likely to engage with other kids, share, take turns, and communicate better as well. Independence also encourages our little ones to explore new concepts which grows their love for learning. And, although we’re not often aware of it – these are foundational skills for their academic success in the long run.

How can Kindergarten’s build independence? 

Building independence in kindergarten requires educators to take a thoughtful approach to their curriculum. So, here are some of the things we’ve implemented at Child’s Play that resulted in a flourishing of independence in our little learners – 

Creating a supportive environment

A supportive and nurturing environment is the first building block of independence. It’s important to make children feel supported in the way they have access to independence-building activities, as well as in an emotional way – which includes the way educators encourage and assist kids with those activities. 

To create an environment where kids will grow, make sure they have easy access to activities and materials that help them become more independent. This encourages them to take initiative and choose activities that interest them.

When setting up your classroom, designate specific areas for different activities, like reading, art, and free play. Establishing clear boundaries like this helps children understand the purpose of each space and builds independent decision-making when they choose what to do next.

Encouragement is an amazing tool to build confidence too! Giving kids positive reinforcement and celebrating small achievements will make a big difference. It’ll help build their confidence and motivate them to keep trying new things.

Creating opportunities for independent thinking

Building independence begins with creating opportunities for kids to make decisions and solve problems themselves. When it comes to independence-building opportunities, it’s important to limit the amount of guidance we give kids, and instead give them more space to safely perform tasks themselves. Here are some of the best ways to create opportunities for kids to think independently – 

Choice of Activities – Offer a variety of activities and allow children to choose what they would like to do next. This builds a sense of autonomy and responsibility within them.

Classroom Jobs – Assign classroom jobs or responsibilities, like being a line leader or snack helper. This encourages their sense of ownership and personal contribution to their community (the other kids in their class). 

Group Projects – By creating group projects where children need to work together to plan, execute, and complete a task, you’ll be developing their ability to collaborate and think independently. 

Outdoor Play – Give them opportunities for outdoor play and exploration. Nature offers endless possibilities for independent discovery and learning, plus it will develop a love for nature in them too. 

Hands-On Learning – Update your curriculum to incorporate hands-on, experiential learning activities that allow children to explore and experiment. This could include things like basic science experiments, art projects, or sensory play.

Independence, starting today 

Independent children become confident, self-sufficient adults. Whether you’re an educator, carer or parent – by implementing the tips above, your little ones will have more opportunities to develop their independent thinking and response skills. Which, as we now know, won’t just benefit them in kindergarten, but well into the future too. 

At Child’s Play ELC, we’re committed to building independence in kindergarten and nurturing the potential of every child, in a way that suits them. Our curriculum was designed to give children more opportunities to think for themselves, in a safe and encouraging environment. If you’d like your little one to embark on an educational journey towards being more confident and independent, get in touch with a member of our team today.