Personal, social and emotional development

Personal, social and emotional development (PSED) is valued as the foundation for learning alongside communication and language development.  

Children are supported to develop a positive sense of themselves and others, form positive relationships and develop respect for others. We encourage children to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings and behaviour alongside our school values in order to have confidence in their own abilities.

Vocabulary children will be regularly exposed to through Personal, Social and Emotional Development

 Feeling  Gentle  Behaviour  Kind, kindness
 Understanding  Rules  Values  Koinonia
 Hope  Thankfulness  Friendship  Agape
 Wisdom  Family  Positive  Share, sharing
 Caring  Turn taking  Manners  Please
 Thank you  Explain  Hygiene  Handwashing
 Brushing teeth  Health, healthy  Exercise  

Early Learning Goals 

ELG: Self-Regulation

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; and
  • 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.

ELG: 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; and
  • manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs, including dressing, going to the toilet and understanding the importance of healthy food choices.

ELG: 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; and
  • show sensitivity to their own and to others’ needs.


West Ashton curriculum Date  
Progression map:Personal Social and Emotional Development (PSED) 16th Apr 2024 Download