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Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

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 9 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.


n Class R we have lots of chats and been read lots of books about feelings. Two of our favourites books are:

Have you filled a bucket today by Carol McCloud

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek

In Class R the children are encouraged to voice their opinions and name and explain their feelings in lots of different situations as we realise the importance of this for their emotional wellbeing and mental health.

As child mental health is a growing problem and concern nationally, we feel that it is very important to share some useful websites with you all. 

I realise that this may be a sensitive subject for many people and I apologise if this post triggers unexpected or unwanted emotional responses for anyone.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us.