Personal, social and emotional development (PSE) is considered the most important of the three primes areas in the Early years foundation stage (EYFS). The other two areas being Physical Development (PD) and communication and language (C&L). These 3 prime areas are considered key in childrens development during their time before primary school and during their reception year. This blog is focusing on the importance of your child’s Personal, social and emotional development, this is key to your child being open to explore the world around them and learn!

So what is personal, social and emotional development?

Personal development – How your little angel begins to understand not only the world but who they are as a person and what they can achieve.

Social Development – How your child begin to build relationships with others, make friends and understand their relationship with peers.

Emotional Development – How your little angel begins to understand their own emotions and feelings caused by actions and how to begin to manage this themselves.

The 3 areas of development within PSE are

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


Why is building relationships so important?

We are all humans no matter how small we are all people and the relationships we build in our life are extremely important to us and our life satisfaction. It is vital we support and help teach our little angels the social skills need to interact with people in order to form positive relationships.

When these social skills are embedded your child opens a whole new world of learning and has the ability to learn from others. Theories of learning such as Vygotsky discuss how learning is a social experience. Having these basic social skills your child can learn from more experienced children and adults embracing themselves in a richer learning environment. Through interacting with peers of similar and close ages they have the opportunity with support to view the world from others perspectives and begin to develop empathy with lots of support.

Supporting your child to manage their own feelings and behaviour

Within childcare settings, practitioners support your little angels to manage their own feeling and behaviour with lots of support by:

·       Developing their social skills

·       Give examples of different feelings and how we can help these emotions

·       Giving techniques on how to cope with our emotions

·       Taking a step back and allowing the children to begin to resolve conflicts

·       Practitioners are aware of the signs of different behaviours and how to deal appropriately to resolve before     conflicts occur

·       Practitioners understand the changing of behaviour in different social situations

·       All practitioners being consistent in their approach ( at little angels we ALL follow our promoting positive behaviour policy)

·       Promoting a positive, can do attitude throughout the setting

·       Practitioners leading by example and following the promoting positive behaviour policy with staff as well as the children