Throughout the next few months we will be looking at what to expect at 2 years old, throughout the 3 prime areas
  • Personal, social and emotional
  • Communication and language
  • Physical Development
This week we are focusing on Personal, Social and Emotional development between 16-36 months, these aims come from the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) the government guidelines which all practitioners follow to support them track your child's progress.

Here are the guidelines of what to be looking out for with your little angel to be achieving at this age. Personal, Social and Emotional is broken down into 3 key areas; Making Relationships, Self- Confidence and Self- Awareness and Managing Feelings and Behaviour.
Is your little angel able to or showing signs of:
• Do they play alongside others.
• Uses a familiar adult as a secure base from which to explore independently in new environments, e.g. ventures away to play and interact with others, but returns for a cuddle or reassurance if becomes anxious.
• Plays cooperatively with a familiar adult, e.g. rolling a ball back and forth.
• Interested in others’ play and starting to join in.
• Seeks out others to share experiences.
• Shows affection and concern for people who are special to them.
• May form a special friendship with another child.
• Explores new toys and environments, but ‘checks in’ regularly with familiar adult as and when needed.
• Gradually able to engage in pretend play with toys (supports child to understand their own thinking may be different from others).
• Demonstrates sense of self as an individual, e.g. wants to do things independently, says “No” to adult.
• Separates from main carer with support and encouragement from a familiar adult.
• Expresses own preferences and interests
• Is aware of others’ feelings, for example, looks concerned if hears crying or looks excited if hears a familiar happy voice.
• Growing sense of will and determination may result in feelings of anger and frustration which are difficult to handle, e.g. may have tantrums.
• Responds to a few appropriate boundaries, with encouragement and support.
• Begins to learn that some things are theirs, some things are shared, and some things belong to other people.
• Seeks comfort from familiar adults when needed.
• Can express their own feelings such as sad, happy, cross, scared, worried.
• Responds to the feelings and wishes of others.
• Aware that some actions can hurt or harm others.
• Tries to help or give comfort when others are distressed.
• Shows understanding and cooperates with some boundaries and routines.
• Can inhibit own actions/behaviours, e.g. stop themselves from doing something they shouldn’t do.
• Growing ability to distract self when upset, e.g. by engaging in a new play activity.

Over the next few months we will be discussing what you can do at home to support your little angels through their stages of development keep updated with our blog by following us on FACEBOOK
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