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How to increase Self-Confidence in the Early Years?

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Self-Confidence in the Early Years is the greatest gift a parent, carer or educator can give a child.

The old saying goes that if a child is confident, they will be able to face any new challenge head on without feeling afraid. An essential factor at any age for a happy and successful life.

What makes a child feel self-confident?

A child’s feeling of confidence stems from a belief in their own ability. This belief is usually formed from the accomplishment of goals and achievements.

At Pingu’s English schools’ children begin their learning journey very young and often have not yet had the opportunity to build up their self-confidence and self-belief. A lack of self-confidence can instantly be recognised in children who are shy and/or unwilling to place themselves in new situations. They will often feel upset, anxious and uncomfortable when carrying out tasks which are alien to their usual routine.

With time and exposure to Pingu’s teaching and learning methods, children become more confident risk takers who go on to complete difficult tasks with greater ease and more confidence.


Ten dos and don’ts to building self-confidence in the early years:


1. let children make age-appropriate choices;
2. play with children and let them lead the process;
3. let children contribute to age-appropriate house/school chores;
4. help children discover their own interests and talents;
5. let them hear you praise them to another person; this is more believable for a child than direct praise.
Providing children with each of these features on a regular basis will empower children and let them know that they are important which in turn leads to greater self-confidence.



1. criticise a child or overlook their emotions and feelings;
2. become personally upset with a child if they acted out of line, rather refer to the choice that they made;
3. give insincere praise, instead, praise their attitude, effort, process to develop a growth mindset;
4. do everything for them – the more they overcome challenges the more confident they will become.
5. compare a child to another child – comparisons will make them doubt themselves which will lead to a loss of confidence.

Why is self-confidence important in language learning?

Early years experts generally agree to the enormous benefits of self-confidence during the formative years and beyond. However, how does this affect second language acquisition? When a child is lacking in confidence their Affective Filter (See Krashen – Affective Filter Hypothesis) will be higher meaning that their ability to acquire language is lower than that of a child with less anxiety.


According to Krashen, the two main variables that aid second language acquisition are motivation and self-confidence whereas anxiety and a lack of self-confidence actually prevents language acquisition.

In Pingu’s English Schools, parents receive regular communication on how their child is progressing, as well as specific methods for developing their child’s skills holistically to prepare them for the demands of the 21st century.

For further information about our proven method that is used all around the globe, please contact



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British Chamber Korea

 Sean Blakeley, BCCK CEO

Our Experience with Pingu’s English has been profitable and positive from the first year. We relied on their professionalism and heritage, their staff is always prompt to assist with the latest trends and ideas on the market. We were looking for a brand who can guarantee us quality and a solid method but at the same time would leave us the freedom and flexibility in order to succeed in our challenging and competitive market like the Italian one. We built Pingu’s English project in Italy by mixing their huge international experience in the English training with our knowledge of the Italian market. All this enabled us to do the right decision for our winning investment. Today we have over 40 Pingu’s English centres and thousands of happy children learning English.

Daniele Arboit

Pingu's English Master Franchisee Italy

From our first training session in London 2009- from the academic side to customer service -we felt confident and well equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful Pingu’s English Master Licensees” At the moment, our services to all 23 networked schools across the country are effectively and efficiently backed by Pingu’s English.  No doubt that we see no limit to expand our business to cover 30,000+ schools in the near future!

Nipat Ungpakornkaew

Pingu's English Master Licensee Thailand

I knew about Pingu’s English School through a friend. After research about the school, I decided to enroll my daughter and it was one of the best things I could do to her. She loves studying at Pingu’s English and she cannot wait to the day of the class. I also love Pingu's English School, because there she learns by playing and I can see her progress day by day.

Léia Rodrigues

Pingu's English Student's mother / Brazil

Now she is studying at Pingu’s English School, my daughter only wants to talk to me in English and she is always singing the songs.

Cristiane Doimo

Pingu's English Student's mother /Brazil

Regarding the teaching method they use a figurative storytelling way of starting the lesson,  trying hard to involve the child and make the them curious about the situation. Tom is very happy to go to Pingu’s English because he perceives the School as a playful moment and not just as a learning moment while at the same time he is learning a new language


Pingu's English Student's Mother /Italy

We love Pingu’s English School because the school gives my son the opportunity to learn and develop different skills, especially English skills. He is excited every time to go to school and is always happy when he comes home.

Sapavoot Preedawipart

Pingu's English Student's Mother/ Thailand

Pingu’s English School is not just a school; it is as a second home for my kid. I like it when I see my kid growing and learning in a friendly and safe atmosphere. Most of all, I can see a lot of improvement in his English listening and speaking skills

Piyatida Tudteam

Pingu's English Student's Mother/Thailand

I have being running my own school for 15 years. When I met Pingu’s English, it was love at first sight. Now I am offering the best English Course available to my students and they are loving it as well as their parents. Thank you Pingu’s English!

Giedre Paula

Pingu’s English Unit Franchisee in State of Mato Grosso do Sul

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Ronaldo Vieira

Pingu's English Master Franchisee in State of Sao Paulo

Abbas always tells me that Pingu's English is the most fun he has all day. I am very glad that this place makes him feel that way and noticeably develop his language skills too


Pingu's English Student's Father/Bahrain

Our students are very enthusiastic in studying at Pingu’s English. They always tell us how much fun and how much they learn here. Parents also keep saying how proud they are with the knowledge and improvements their children are making.

Willian Veloso Rocha

Pingu’s English Unit Franchisee in State of São Paulo