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Personal, Social and Emotional Development


‘Children’s emotional wellbeing is the first necessity for effective learning.’

Birth to Five Matters 2021

Who we are (personal), how we get along with others (social) and how we feel (emotional) are foundations that form the bedrock of lives.  Our sense of self is continuously developing, as we move through our school education, as well as when we become adults.

At Hart Hill Nursery School, we understand that a child’s personal, social and emotional development is key to all other aspects of their learning.  When a child feels happy about themselves, safe in an environment and listened to by others, they will flourish.

We focus on a child’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development through:

  • Using a keyworker system to support children to build strong, warm and supportive relationships with adults.
  • Promote the use of Zones of Regulation, Jigsaw and Signs 4 Feelings to enable children to learn how to understand their own feelings and those of others.
  • Highlight children’s successes to help develop a positive sense of self, set themselves simple goals, have confidence in their own abilities and to persist and wait for what they want and direct attention as necessary.
  • Teach them how to look after their bodies, including healthy eating, and managing personal needs independently.
  • Support interaction with other children, so that they learn how to make good friendships, co-operate and resolve conflicts peacefully. 

Please see below for key information about Personal, Social and Emotional Development:

PSED Report 2021

Personal, Social and Emotional Development Policy 2020

Personal, Social and Emotional Development Knowledge Organiser 2-3 Years

Personal, Social and Emotional Development Knowledge Organiser 3-4 Years

We are committed to the safety and welfare of all our children and follow guidelines and procedures set out by Luton Borough Council’s Safeguarding Children Board. Our Safeguarding Children policy is available for you to read along with all the other policies and procedures. If we have any concerns about your child’s wellbeing we will always talk to you. Equally, if you feel you need help or support with your child or family we are always happy to help you.