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Skills for Life & Independence

At Oakley, we strongly believe that independence can be taught from an early age. Through the Early Years we create many opportunities for children to practise their independent skills. This includes hygiene where the children brush their teeth, wash their hands and wash their face; personal care where we encourage children to carry out toilet and dressing routines with increased independence; following routines such as tidying up after snack time and learning activities; selecting and getting their own resources; and staying safe in their environment.


We also develop social skills such as turn taking, sharing resources, following and carrying out instructions, collaborative play, waiting patiently and being kind towards adults and peers.


Through the Early years curriculum the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ contributes towards their skills for life and independence. These include:-


  • Finding out and exploring
  • Playing with what they know
  • Be willing to have a go
  • Showing concentration and focus
  • Keep on trying
  • Enjoying what they are achieving
  • Having their own ideas
  • Making links
  • Choosing how to carry a task out


We believe that that it is essential to focus on the ‘Whole Child’, ensuring children develop in confidence, their skills for learning, and their growing independence of life skills.