Learning and 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 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.

Bolton Start Well Service

Bolton Start Well provide professional development services for the early years workforce, to train and upskill practitioners to effectively support children’s development. You can check out the variety of professional development opportunities and training available in the courses section of the website.

Useful links

Help for Early Years Providers: personal, social and emotional development (Gov.uk)

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Fundamental British Values
Ofsted are now inspecting childminders and all early years providers on how well we ‘actively promote’ British values. This document gives examples to demonstrate what this means in practice.