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Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development


Learning in this area nurtures children’s emotional wellbeing and focuses on developing a sense of respect for themselves, others and the world around them. Children are supported to form good relationships but also encouraged to become independent. They learn to understand themselves and what they can do and to have a positive attitude toward learning so that they can fulfil their potential.


Why it’s Important.

Successful personal, social and emotional development helps children to develop high self esteem, make good relationships and communicate effectively with others so that they can express their ideas and feelings and become independent and self-confident.


What does it mean for the children...

  • Learning to have respect for themselves and other people as well as learning to respect the environment, living things and other cultures.
  • Learning about their own needs and feelings and how to express themselves appropriately.
  • Developing a positive attitude towards their learning and adapting to new situations.
  • Learning to cooperate with other people  and be understanding of the needs and feelings of others


What do we do...

  • Form warm and caring attachments with children in nursery and foster positive relationships with parents / carers.
  • Provide opportunities for children to play alone and in groups to foster both independence and social interaction.
  • Provide learning opportunities which build on children’s interests and their previous experience.
  • Provide a wide variety of activities and positive images which promote cultural, ethnic, religious and gender diversity.
  • Support a variety of experiences which promote both moral, and spiritual as well as emotional and social development.