Personal, Social, Emotional Development

Personal, social and emotional development is one of the three prime areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This area supports children in developing a strong, positive sense of themselves, and of others. PSED supports children in learning how to get on with others and make friends, understand and talk about feelings as well as how to effectively manage them.ment. They are supported in understanding the importance of physical activity and how to make informed healthy choices at meal times.

The key areas are: Self-Regulation, Managing Self and Building Relationships.

Early Learning Goals:


Children at the expected level of development will:

– Show an understanding of their own feelings and those of others, and begin to regulate their behaviour accordingly;

– Set and work towards simple goals, being able to wait for what they want and control their immediate impulses when appropriate;

– Give focused attention to what the teacher says, responding appropriately even when engaged in activity, and show an ability to follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.

Managing Self

Children at the expected level of development will:

– Be confident to try new activities and show independence, resilience and perseverance in the face of challenge;

– Explain the reasons for rules, know right from wrong and try to behave accordingly;

– Manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs, including dressing, going to the toilet and understanding the importance of healthy food choices.

Building Relationships

Children at the expected level of development will:

– Work and play cooperatively and take turns with others;

– Form positive attachments to adults and friendships with peers;

– Show sensitivity to their own and to others’ needs.