Aug 30, 2023

My Happy and Healthy Self | Encouraging Children’s Social and Emotional Development

Nursery practitioner taking part in a science experiment with two young toddlers 

In this blog, we will explore the how our enrichment My Happy and Healthy Self helps children’s development and its importance within the Early Years.

The Brighter Learning Approach is our own unique pathway to Creating Brighter Futures Together. Within the approach, there are six enrichments each helping to develop essential skills for lifelong learning.

Children’s personal, social and emotional development (PSED) is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives. Underpinning their personal development are the important attachments that shape their social world.

Therefore, one of our enrichments within the Brighter Learning Approach is My Happy and Healthy Self, which aims to help children’s social and emotional development. This is supported with the 3 aspects – Marvellous Me, Magnificent Movers and Healthy Me.

In this blog, we will explore the how our enrichment My Happy and Healthy Self helps children’s development and its importance within the Early Years.

Explaining the My Happy and Healthy Self enrichment

Each of the 3 aspects linked to My Happy and Healthy Self help to support and develop children’s learning. These are broken down as shown below:

Marvellous Me

Having caring, empathetic and friendly adults around helps children to learn about their own feelings and how others feel too. Children are supported to learn about how to handle their emotions, develop a positive sense of self, setting themselves small goals, believing in what they can do, to keep on trying even if things might be difficult, being patient, and being resilient.

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Magnificent Movers

Physical activity and movement play a crucial role in children’s holistic growth and wellness. In the Early Years, as children’s minds and bodies are developing, consistent physical activity contributes to promoting healthy growth and development.

Engaging in physical activities helps to enhance children’s gross motor skills, balance, coordination, and strength – all of which are important for everyday tasks. Additionally, regular physical activity boosts children’s mental health, emotional balance, and sharpens their focus, memory, and ability to solve problems.

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Healthy Me

Educating children about the significance of maintaining their health can equip them with essential self-care abilities and empower them to have high self-esteem and confidence as they grow. It is important to inspire young children to prioritise their well-being by fostering positive routines, like looking after their teeth, staying active, and embracing a balanced diet enriched with nutritious foods.

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What are some of the benefits of developing social and emotional skills across our nurseries?

  1. Enhanced Communication Skills:

We provide focused opportunities for children to develop their communication and interaction skills with their peers and key carers, so that children learn to express their thoughts, feelings, and needs while understanding others’ emotions.

  1. Empathy and Emotional Intelligence:

Engaging in social interactions exposes children to various emotions and situations. This helps them develop empathy, a key component of emotional intelligence, as they learn to recognise and understand other people’s feelings.

  1. Positive Relationships:

Interacting with different personalities in a nurturing environment allows children to form positive relationships. These early connections foster a sense of belonging and build trust, setting the foundation for healthy relationships in the future.

  1. Conflict Resolution Skills:

Our nurseries offer a safe space to navigate differences of opinion, teaching children how to resolve conflicts through effective communication, compromise, empathy and understanding.

  1. Boosted Self-Esteem and Confidence:

Experiencing success in social interactions and building relationships bolsters children’s self-esteem and confidence. Positive feedback and support from key carers and peers contribute to a healthy self-image, promoting a sense of self-worth.

Our My Happy and Healthy Self enrichment helps to boost children’s social and emotional development, ready for their next stage of learning.

Related pages/links:

The Brighter Learning Approach 

Our Curriculum

Related blogs:

All About the Brighter Learning Approach 

Mini Maths Enrichment

The Importance of Teaching Children About Our Wonderful World

My Happy and Healthy Self

Super STEAM Enrichment

Supporting Children Becoming Confident Speakers & Communicators

Inspiring Raving Readers Across Our Nurseries 

The Impact of Mental Health Week

Blog checked by:  Kat Learner (Training & Professional Development Manager)

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