Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others. To form positive relationships and develop respect for others. To develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings. To understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities.

These involve 3 different aspects
    • Making relationships
    • Self-confidence and self-awareness
    • Managing feelings and behaviour

There are many different ways you can support your child’s Personal, Emotional and Social Development.


Here are some things to consider when visiting new places.

  • Allow your child to explore their surroundings
  • Model pretend play
  • Support your child’s decisions when selecting toys and activities
  • Teach your child to use and care for materials, and then trust them to do so independently.

Family and Friends

Here are some things to consider when visiting family and friends.

  • Label emotions such as sad, happy, excited  such as “your excited that mummy is back”
  • Ask your child for their ideas on what may make people feel better when they are sad
  • Talk and introduce friends and family to form different relationships
  • Play cooperatively such as roll a ball back and forth
  • Model being considerate to others.

Everyday Routines

Here are some things to consider during everyday routines

  • Giving your child a choice of what they would like to play with
  • Sitting together for a meal
  • Letting your child choose their own clothing
  • Allow and encourage your child to become independent
  • Share with your child any photos of their achievements and talk about how they felt

Here are some activities Rainbow Robins may do to support your child’s Personal, Emotional and Social Development, which you could try some of these at home.

  • Visits to the park
  • Family hour – parents morning
  • Circle time- sharing experiences
  • Painting
  • Serving friends snack
  • Choosing what to eat
  • Visits to the Local shops
  • Choosing toys to play with
  • Cutting, sticking and gluing
  • Dressing up
  • Role play