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Personal, Social and emotional Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

There are three Early Learning Goals within this area: 


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. 

At Grace Cook children are taught about our School Values ‘The 3 B’s and are encouraged to promote and demonstrate these in their learning and throughout the school day. 

Using a range of strategies such as the ‘recognition ring’,  and house points for positive behaviour, children are supported to master the skills of self-regulation, empathy and consideration of others. 

Through meaningful interactions and adult modelling, children begin to build positive relationships with both their peers and members of staff.