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Personal, Social & Emotional Development

Following on from our Blog, What is the EYFS, we are now going to start exploring the different areas, starting with the prime area of personal, social and emotional development. Read on to find out what the area covers and how it can be supported at home!

What is Personal, Social and Emotional Development?

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) are three building blocks of future success in life. They are closely linked to each other and often bracketed together as one area of learning and development.

  • Personal development (Being me)–how we come to understand who we are and what we can do, how we look after ourselves.
  • Social development (Being social)–how we come to understand ourselves in relation to others, how we make friends, understand the rules of society and behave towards others.
  • Emotional development (Having feelings)–how we come to understand our own and other’s feelings and develop our ability to ‘stand in someone else’s shoes’ and see things from their point of view, referred to as empathy.

Why is Personal, Social and emotional development important?

Starting the process of successful PSED is essential for young children in all aspects of their lives. It will help them to:

  • relate well to other children and adults;
  • make friends and get on with others;
  • feel secure and valued;
  • explore and learn confidently; and ultimately to feel good about themselves.

Early PSED has a huge impact on later well-being, learning, achievement and economic circumstances. That is why the Childcare Act 2006 places a duty on local authorities (LAs), with their partners in settings ‘to improve the well-being of all young children in their area and to reduce the inequalities between them’.

How can we support learning at home?

Parents often ask us how they can support learning at home and they are surprised that most of what they are already doing is supporting their children in their learning. But here are a few ideas to really get the best impact! Why not check out our facebook page this week to see lots of activity ideas aimed at the different age ranges within the EYFS. You can find us on Facebook by clicking here!

  1. Making faces in Playdoh – Explore our emotions by making faces in play dough such as happy, sad, angry, confused etc. As an extension you could ask questions like how do you feel today? Or play a game of making faces and guessing the emotion.
  2. Roll the ball – playing a simple game such as rolling a ball backwards and forwards to each other can teach about taking turns. An extension of this game is to talk about your child’s friends and if they would like to play that game with them some time.
  3. Meeting up at the park with friends – a great way of making friends and learning about relationships. After talk about what your child enjoyed at the park and what they did not like etc.
  4. Draw your self portrait – using a mirror encourage your children to draw a picture of themselves looking at their eyes, nose and mouth. What do we use our eyes for? What do we use our mouth for. This can be extended to explore the senses.
  5. Reading books together – a great way of spending time together and also learning at the same time. You can explore the character emotions, what the characters are able to do, who the characters are friends with etc.
  6. Do a life-size picture of your child – get your child to lay down on a roll paper and draw around them. Then together you can draw in your child’s face and clothes etc. Ask where do the shoes go? Where does the gloves go? Where shall we put your eyes? A very fun activity.

Thats a few basic ideas but as we said check out our facebook page as this week we are going to be posting some great hands on activity ideas! So have look and have fun learning together!

If you are looking for a nursery or preschool for your child, get in touch to see what we can offer. Email hello@appletreeschildcare.co.uk for a full brochure and to ask any questions or call 01582 840586.

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