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Personal, Social & Emotional Development

The foundation of our PSED learning at Boundstone is that all our children are entitled to feel safe, secure, happy and confident in their learning environment.

We recognise that each child is an individual and tailor our planning accordingly, helping children to develop a sense of self-confidence and self-esteem as well as sensitivity towards the feelings of others.


We help them to realise that their words and actions have an impact on other people and recognise appropriate behaviour within a variety of contexts.


We enable the children to learn about and devlop and understanding of and respect for their own culture and that of others through play and celebrations throughout the year.


We support the children in developing their independence and engaging with new experiences and controlled risk taking, offering a wide variety of learning opportunities individually, in small and large groups with other children and adults.

We welcome and encourage the involvement of our children’s families in nursery life, making provision for this by inviting families to event such as Teddy Bears Picnics and exhibitions of the children’s work.


There are three key components to PSED:


Self-confidence and self-awareness

  • Confidence to try new activities and explain why they prefer some activities to others

  • Able to speak in a familiar group about their ideas

  • Choosing resources confidently for their chosen activities

  • Asking for (or declining!) help as and when necessary

Managing Feelings & Behaviour

  • Talking about their own and others' behaviour and how people show their feelings

  • Knowledge that some behaviour is unacceptable and has consequences

  • Following the rules when working as part of a group

  • Adjusting their behaviour to different situations and the ability to cope well with changes in their routine.

Making relationships

  • Playing with others cooperatively and taking turns

  • Taking into consideration the needs and ideas of others when organising their activity

  • Showing sensitivity to others' needs and feelings

  • Forming positive relationships with adults and other children

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