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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.

At Woodcroft Personal, Social and Emotional Development is about:

  • children feeling safe so that they are able to think and be open to learning

  • having a sense of confidence and positive self esteem

  • learning about themselves; who they are, their preferences and strengths 
  • promoting and developing independence

  • developing collaborative skills

  • developing the ability to concentrate

  • fostering perseverance

  • developing an understanding of right and wrong

  • respecting and valuing others

  • Develop trusting relationships and learn how relationships work

  • Learning to recognise different feelings and begin to be able to name them. Begin to learn how to regulate their emotions.