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.
At ELE PSED is recognised as one of the building blocks of success in life. It supports children’s development by helping them to interact effectively and develop positive attitudes to themselves and others.
Why is it important for children to develop socially?
Social development helps a child to be part of a family or group and to become friends with other children. Getting along with others has been shown to be highly significant for children’s mental health, because acceptance by others is so important to making your way in life. It is also important because it helps children learn the rules or customs of their own culture and how to treat other people appropriately
Why is it important for children to develop personally?
Personal development is about how children come to understand who they are and what they can do. It includes managing their personal needs, including dressing, going to the toilet and understanding the importance of healthy food choices. While children's personalities will blossom naturally a supportive and nurturing setting will support personal development fully and promote independence in life skills.
Why is it important for children to develop emotionally?
Emotional development helps a child to understand that everybody has their own feelings and that feelings are perfectly normal and acceptable. It also helps them to understand that these can sometimes feel overwhelming but that they can be managed most of the time if they talk them through with you or another adult. Finally, developing emotionally enables children to understand that other people have feelings which may not be the same as their own. Empathising with others in the early years is key to being a considerate person throughout life.
ELE's Gardener and Seedling scheme
At ELE the children all become a seedling when they start school. Each child is linked to a Y5 child (known as their gardener.) It is the job of the gardener to help their seedling to grow over the year. They support them for their first experience of lunch, Muddy Mondays and regularly read alongside them. The gardeners support and nurture their seedling all year and offer a smile and friendly face for the children each day. Supporting the children’s wellbeing is important and the gardener and seedling scheme ensures the children feel cared for and valued by their peers. The children love it!