Personal autonomy abilities are an extremely important aspect of child development, and therefore all the development assessment scales in the first six years of life also include this area. Personal autonomy, social and emotional skills, communication, but also motor skills are other important aspects that complement the puzzle of a harmonious development and smooth the path to success in life. At younger ages, autonomy is defined as the ability to perform independent activities / daily tasks specific to each stage of the age (eating alone, dressing alone, washing alone, etc.).
Personal autonomy is one of the most important ingredients of self-esteem. Awareness of the child that can handle alone and thus increasing its independence, gradually leading to the feeling of self-confidence and develop the ability to find solutions to problems without resorting to the help of others. We can not talk about developing the problem-solving capacity before developing personal autonomy!
The ability to become independent is gradually being built, with the guidance and encouragement of adults. Each child has his own rhythm in becoming independent and the amount of support required differs. Habits are formed at different stages of transition from conditioning and total support to passive participation (knowledge and understanding of ongoing actions by expressing them by the educator, while performing them - now take out the blouse, now put the spoon in your mouth etc. ), and participation in co-actions with the teacher (raised his hands to remove the blouse, pushes the foot in the shoe, etc.), subsequently carrying out the autonomous action (partial or total, depending on the possibilities of the child).