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Personal Social and Emotional Development - Reception

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The subject of Personal Social and Emotional Development is considered a key subject.

According to the British Government: when forming a judgement about whether an individual child is at the expected level of development, educators should draw on their knowledge of the child and their own expert professional judgement. This is sufficient evidence to assess a child’s individual level of development in relation to each of the ELGs. Sources of written or photographic evidence are not required, and teachers are not required to record evidence.

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Personal Social and Emotional Development

Early Learning Goals Hands-On Education Activity
ED 1 - Self-Regulation

Children at the expected level of development will:

ED/1.1 show an understanding of their own feelings and those of others, and begin to regulate their behaviour accordingly

ED/1.2 set and work towards simple goals, being able to wait for what they want and control their immediate impulses when appropriate
ED/1.3 give focused attention to what the teacher says, responding appropriately even when engaged in activity, and show an ability to follow instructions involving several ideas or actions
ED 2 - Managing Self

Children at the expected level of development will:

ED/2.1 be confident to try new activities and show independence, resilience and perseverance in the face of challenge

ED/2.2 explain the reasons for rules, know right from wrong and try to behave accordingly
ED/2.3 manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs, including dressing, going to the toilet and understanding the importance of healthy food choices
ED 3 - Building Relationships

Children at the expected level of development will:

ED/3.1 work and play cooperatively and take turns with others

ED/3.2 form positive attachments to adults and friendships with peers
ED/3.3 show sensitivity to their own and to others’ needs

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