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Oxhey Early Years Centre

“Inspiring individuals to learn and thrive in a nurturing and welcoming environment”

Personal Social & Emotional Development

This area of learning is divided into 3 areas:

  • Making Relationships
  • Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviours


At OEYC your child will be learning to:

  • Play with a group of friends
  • Talk to adults and children as they play
  • Make choices about what to play with
  • Ask adults for help
  • Talk about their feelings and the feelings of others
  • Get help from adults when they want to share
  • Begin to manage needs and wants independently
  • Follow the rules and routines of their room


How can parents and carers help?

  • All children thrive on established routines. They need the love and security that you offer them day and night and they need to learn about expectations, acceptable behaviour and boundaries.
  • Your child needs to be able to work and play co-operatively in a group beyond the family. Encourage them to share, to co-operate, to behave appropriately, to exercise self-discipline and to treat their surroundings with care.
  • Make tidying up after an activity a regular occurrence, teach them that it is polite to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, that it is kind to offer someone else a sweet, that it is rude to interrupt when you are talking to someone else.
  • Play games with them so that they learn to share and take turns. Encourage them to help you around the house, putting shopping away, sorting the washing, setting the table. Teach your child values, such as kindness, fairness, respect, honesty, concern for others and right and wrong.
  • Enjoy your child’s company, make time to talk with them, listen to them.  If you are able to do this then all of the other qualities will develop naturally in everyday situations.