Development Matters


Personal, Social and Emotional Development:   Making relationships -

A Unique Child: observing what a child is learning

• Initiates conversations, attends to and takes account of what others say.
• Explains own knowledge and understanding, and asks appropriate questions of others.
• Takes steps to resolve conflicts with other children, e.g. finding a compromise.

Early Learning Goal Children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and
feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.

Positive Relationships: what adults could do

• Support children in linking openly and confidently with others, e.g. to seek help or check information.
• Model being a considerate and responsive partner in interactions.
• Ensure that children and adults make opportunities to listen to each other and explain their actions. • Be aware of and respond to particular needs of children who are learning English as an additional language.

Enabling Environments: what adults could provide

• Ensure that children have opportunities over time to get to know everyone in the group, not just their special friends.
• Ensure children have opportunities to relate to their key person, individually and in small groups.
• Provide activities that involve turn-taking and sharing in small groups.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Self-confidence and self-awareness -

A Unique Child: observing what a child is learning

• Confident to speak to others about own needs, wants, interests and opinions.
• Can describe self in positive terms and talk about abilities.

Early Learning Goal Children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose...