Early Years

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The relationship between the three prime areas of learning and development were set out by Clare Tickell in her review of the EYFS framework (The early years: foundations for life, health and learning – Tickell review, 2011).

Personal, Social and Emotional Development supports:

  • Physical Development – a child who feels secure and safe is confident to expand the boundaries of exploration and is motivated to reach, move and test physical capacities.
  • Communication and Language – within relationships that establish turn-taking, joint activity, a desire to communicate and understanding of shared meanings of words.

Ideas to help you in supporting Children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development:

  • Recognise that each child is an individual and may require a differing type of support at times.
  • Engage in playful interactions, model being considerate and responsive; recognise important people in children’s lives.
  • Be aware of cultural differences and support children to feel positive about their successes.
  • Reassure children when they are anxious and share information with parents.
  • Children need a sense of belonging; a key person system and key groups are an ideal opportunity to develop this.

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