Basic Manners/Etiquette Every Child Must Learn


Whilst we all want our children to be well behaved, having good manners goes beyond just reducing the likelihood of tantrums. Studies have shown that well-mannered children have an advantage when it comes to academics, relationships, and social interactions. Having good manners has also been shown to boost a child’s self-esteem and instill more self-confidence.

Saying Please and Thank You

This is usually the first basic manners children are taught. Eventually, once it is practiced enough, it will become a natural habit.

Asking Permission

An extension of saying please is asking for permission. Whether it is asking to play with another child’s toy or asking if a child can do a certain activity, teaching children to ask first will help prevent impulsive behaviour.

Covering Their Mouth

Especially now, covering sneezes and coughs is important in preventing the spread of germs. Children need to learn this as soon as possible to keep themselves and those around them safe.

Saying Sorry

The first few years of a child’s life is insulated, so they need to be guided in learning empathy. One way to do this is by teaching them to say sorry if they have said or done something wrong. Discipline for children should include teaching them that their actions can impact others.

Being Kind to Others

Children often have no filter, so it is important they know people are all unique in different ways. That is why it is never okay to make fun of someone or to point out these differences.

Effective Communication

When children are excited, it’s hard for them to monitor their voices. Whilst having fun is absolutely essential to any child’s wellbeing, they need to learn how to communicate appropriately. This might mean using indoor voices or not interrupting others.


As children enter school and other social settings, they must learn to help and cooperate with their peers.

Cleaning Up

Clean up time is often many adults’ least favourite time of the day and your children are no exception. However, they must learn to care for their environments and belongings.

Learning basic manners for children is a key goal of Wimbledon Day Nursery’s curriculum. With us, your child will be learning manners in a warm environment that will set them up for a lifetime of success. To find out more about one of the leading nurseries in Wimbledon, visit

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