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Social and emotional development in children

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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.

Strong, warm and supportive relationships with adults enable children to learn how to understand their own feelings and those of others. Children should be supported to manage emotions, develop a positive sense of self, set themselves simple goals, have confidence in their own abilities, to persist and wait for what they want and direct attention as necessary. It helps children to develop a sense of self-awareness and self-confidence, allowing them to understand and express their emotions effectively.

Through supported interaction with other children, they learn how to make good friendships, collaborate and resolve conflicts peaceably. These attributes will provide a secure platform from which children can achieve at school and in later life.

Additionally, it helps children to form positive relationships with others and to learn how to interact with and respect others. Furthermore, children’s personal, social, and emotional development is linked to their overall well-being, including their physical and mental health, and can have a lasting impact on their future happiness and success.

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