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The importance of Personal, Social and Emotional Development in the Early Years

Date Posted: Monday 11 April 2022

I am confident, resilient and independent. I am kind, thoughtful and sensitive.

I understand my feelings, take turns and listen to others.

These are all things that children in our Bilingual Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) classes strive to be.

Why Personal Social and Emotional Development is so important

The Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) of children is a cornerstone of becoming a well-rounded member of society. As an adult it can be easy to forget how ‘big’ new moments can be for young children; we become adept over time at negotiating, realising we can’t always have our way and understanding the validity of our own feelings and those of others. At GES we understand that every child has their own unique view of the world and therefore how they respond to it will vary from child to child. Supporting children on their own journey is what we do best so that they can strive to be the best they can be. We cherish bilingualism and multilingualism and know how to support the children in expressing their feelings and emotions and how to negotiate in both English and French.

Knowing you and your children

Our experienced EYFS team tailor their interactions with the children based on their individual needs. We understand that every child has different strengths and areas for development, especially with regards to PSED, so every interaction your child has with our team is pitched at a level that will help them to improve their skills. At GES we pride ourselves on our community and family feel and the EYFS team work closely with families to create a sense of belonging for the children. Our emphasis is on creating a strong bond within the school and with our families allowing the children to develop a reassuring sense of safety and belonging. All of our children are truly known as individuals with unique personalities that can shine and flourish.

Natural situations

A lot of new experiences and learning opportunities for children aged 3-5 come about through play based and exploratory situations. These moments are perfect opportunities for children to show us what they can already do and how they are developing their skills so that we can model and scaffold new ways of interacting and playing, further enhancing their skill set. We pride ourselves on academic strength in both English and French, whilst maintaining the fun and passion that young children have. The children are exposed to regular routines and develop independence and confidence in all that they do so that their personal, social and emotional development constantly evolves.

Visit us!

We would love to meet you and your children to share our wonderful Bilingual Early Years department with you. Please contact our Admissions team via [email protected] to arrange a visit or sign up for one of our Little Ducklings Playgroup sessions.