Personal Social & Emotional Development

Personal Social and Emotional Development (PSED) for Pre-School

Personal, Social and Emotional Development is recognised as a base for children’s learning. It develops the children’s ability to manage their own feelings as well as understanding the feelings of others. PSED also provides the children with the opportunities to become confident in their own ability as well as welcoming praise for what they have done. This area of learning not only helps the children as they grow up but also to become self-confident young children who are not afraid to ask for help.

PSED is broken down into three aspects:

  • Making relationships
  • Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Managing feelings and behavior

Making relationships

This relates to developing the children’s ability to play as a group as well as extending and elaborating their play. Children will also begin to initiate play and offer cues for their peers to join in with them. As well as making good relationships with their familiar adults be them parents or careers at nursery they also form good relationships with their peers. They may even use them in conversations in and outside of nursery.

Self-confidence and self-awareness

As the children are becoming more independent and understand the things they need to complete their activity often they will select what resource they want as well as sometimes asking for help if it is out of reach. Children enjoy the responsibility of carrying out small tasks as well as welcoming praise for what they have done. As children have more self-confidence within themselves they become more confident around unfamiliar people and in new social situations including starting a new nursery or starting school.

Managing Feelings and Behaviour

This aspect enables children to understand their own feelings and begin to accept the needs of others as well as taking turns. Like with all routines sometimes things have to change and at this stage of development children should be able to cope with those changes as well as adapting their behavior to suit their environment.

At Toybox we give the children the opportunity to express their feelings in an environment which is safe and secure for their emotional needs. We provide ‘cosy’ area for the children to talk to the staff in as well as the role play area which gives the children the opportunity to talk to their peers, make relationships and learn to tolerate delay. We also build up a close relationship with parents to ensure that the child is not facing any difficult times such as a relationship breakdown. If this does happen we work with the parents to ensure that the child is happy and feels secure both within the nursery and when they go home.

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