Personal, Social & Emotional Development
Another prime area of development in Early Years is Personal, Social and Emotional Development. In Early Years, children are encouraged to begin to regulate their own behaviour, solve conflicts with friends independently, demonstrate sociable behaviour to children and adults, begin to comfort themselves when they are upset, start to tolerate delay in their wants or needs and to become confident in their own ability and begin to explore their environment around them without adult support.
A way in which we promote these skills at Moston Lane is through the use of S.U.M.O (Stop, Understand and Move On). We teach and practise a number of skills in the S.U.M.O programme which help the children begin to deal with their emotions and learn techniques for a range of situations.
We also have ‘Let’s Daydream’ time in Early Years where we practise mindfulness with the children to help children deal with stress/anxieties and promote healthy mindset. We also use this time for other activities such as yoga or peer massage which promote emotional wellbeing. This is something the children really enjoy at school and it helps promote positive thoughts and equips the children with strategies and coping mechanisms for a range of situations.