Why does your child need to build their essential skills?
Research shows that building essential skills supports:
Social and emotional wellbeing
Learning and academic outcomes
Careers and opportunities
88% of parents say that a good education goes beyond exam results.
Where does your child have opportunities to build their essential skills?
As a parent or carer, you are best placed to support your child to recognise all of the different places where they are developing their essential skills. School is just one part of the picture. Hobbies, interests, community connections and activities at home can all help to build the eight essential skills your child needs now and for their future success.
Free Play and Gaming
Music and Drama clubs
Youth Groups and Organisations
Arts and Crafts
Hobbies & Interests
Focused teaching and learning of the essential skills
Practicing and applying the skills across the curriculum
Involvement with extra curricular activities and clubs
Careers and work experience opportunities
Part time paid / voluntary work
Babysitting / child / pet care
Local Community and Religious Groups
Building relationships with family and friends
Helping out at home eg. cooking, cleaning
Contributing ideas for family activities and events
'Parental engagement plays a vital role in essential skills development.'
How can you support your child to build their essential skills?
You can easily support your child to build their essential skills. Talk with your child about the essential skills, what they are and how they are so useful. Help your child to identify where they already build their skills so they can talk about their skill strengths with others. Look for opportunities to build essential skills together.