Wonderful world

My Community and Me

When children understand the world they live in, they are better able to navigate it, make informed decisions, and be active and engaged citizens. Understanding the world and the ability to make a difference also enables children to develop a sense of agency, that is the belief in one's own ability to affect change, encouraging them to take initiative, become problem solvers and critical thinkers.

On this page you'll find some tips on how to encourage your child to expand their knowledge on the community and surrounding environment.

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Visit places in your local area

This helps children to learn about their community and develop a sense of belonging, as they interact with their peers and community members.

Visiting or using local amenities such as parks, libraries, and community centers is beneficial for a child's development by providing opportunities for socialisation, physical activity, and learning.

• It exposes children to different cultures and perspectives, which can broaden their understanding of the world.

• When children are able to take part in local activities, they will learn the importance of being an active and an engaged member of their community.

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Donate unused books and toys to local causes

Through this process, children learn empathy and the importance of giving back to their community, whilst understanding the concept of needs and wants, and the idea that they have the power to make a positive impact on the world.

• They learn the importance of responsibility and taking care of their belongings, and teaches them the value of sharing and generosity by donating their items to those in need.

• Sorting out toys and books also helps children to learn organization and categorization skills, which are important for their cognitive development.

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Take a ride on the bus together in your local area

Doing this allows children to experience new environments and cultures, which broadens their understanding and appreciation of the world around them.

• It promotes their independence and self-confidence as they learn to navigate different places, as well as helping children learn about safety, following rules, and the importance of being aware of their surroundings.

• The bus trip itself is also a fun and educational experience, as children learn about the routes, how to purchase tickets, and how public transportation works.

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