Personal, social and emotional development
“Children’s personal, social and emotional development (PSED) is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives, and is fundamental to their cognitive development. Underpinning their personal development are the important attachments that shape their social world. Strong, warm and supportive relationships with adults enable children to learn how to understand their own feelings and those of others. Children should be supported to manage emotions, develop a positive sense of self, set themselves simple goals, have confidence in their own abilities, to persist and wait for what they want and direct attention as necessary. Through adult modelling and guidance, they will learn how to look after their bodies, including healthy eating, and manage personal needs independently. Through supported interaction with other children, they learn how to make good friendships, co-operate and resolve conflicts peaceably. These attributes will provide a secure platform from which children can achieve at school and in later life.” EYFS Statutory Framework 2021.
INTENT: We want children to be able to manage their own feelings through co-regulation and self-regulation, to understand their feelings and those of others. We want them to develop perseverance and resilience. We want them to understand how to keep themselves healthy.
IMPLEMENTATION: Adults will build strong relationships with the children, through nurturing, positive interactions, though modelling healthy attitudes and guiding the children when necessary. During their reception year, children will learn to be ready, respectful and safe learners and will be able to talk about the feelings and the reasons for them. Adults will continue to model social scenarios during play and help to children to learn from different behaviours, talking through what happened and what they could do differently if this were to happen again.
IMPACT: Nursery: Children will have secure relationships with the adults and their peers. They will be able to understand how to handle conflict (with support). We will monitor the impact to ensure children are ‘on track’ in the developmental age band 3 -4 years.
Children in Reception will manage their feelings and behaviour in a way in which allows them to access their learning and play and become resilient and lifelong learners. Children talk positively about their school experience and themselves as learners and what they enjoy most and are interested in.