Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
Children’s personal, social and emotional development (PSED) is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives, and is fundamental to their cognitive development. Underpinning their personal development are the important attachments that shape their social world. Strong, warm and supportive relationships with adults enable children to learn how to understand their own feelings and those of others. Children should be supported to manage emotions, develop a positive sense of self, set themselves simple goals, have confidence in their own abilities, to persist and wait for what they want and direct attention as necessary. Through adult modelling and guidance, they will learn how to look after their bodies, including healthy eating, and manage personal needs independently. Through supported interaction with other children they learn how to make good friendships, co-operate and resolve conflicts peaceably. These attributes will provide a secure platform from which children can achieve at school and in later life.
Activities at Home
- Play games to encourage sharing and turn taking
- Talk about how things make both you and your child feel
- Encourage your child to wash their hands after going to the toilet
- Have a go at encouraging your child to dress themselves
- When your child does something they shouldn't have, encourage your child to think about what they did and why it was wrong