Nursery PSED – Personal, Social, Emotional Development

Within this Area of Learning there are 3 Aspects

LEARNING OBJECTIVES 30-50 month band


Making Relationships- Learning Objectives

– Can play in a group, extending and elaborating play ideas e.g. building up a role-play activity with other children.

– Initiates play, offering cues to peers to join them.

– Keeps play going by responding to what others are saying or doing.

– Demonstrates friendly behaviour, initiating conversations and forming good relationships with peers and familiar adults.

Self Confidence and Self Awareness

– Can select and use activities and resources with help.

– Welcomes and values praise for what they have done.

– Enjoys responsibility of carrying out small tasks.

– Is more outgoing towards unfamiliar people and more confident in new social situations.

– Confident to talk to other children when playing, and will communicate freely about own home and community.

– Shows confidence in asking adults for help.

Managing Feelings and Behaviour

– Aware of own feelings, and knows that some actions and words can hurt others’ feelings.

– Begins to accept the needs of others and can take turns and share resources, sometimes with support from others.

– Can usually tolerate delay when needs are not immediately met, and understands wishes may not always be met.

– Can usually adapt behaviour to different events, social situations and changes in routine.

As the year progresses we help children to develop a positive self image in order to be confident in their own skills. We encourage them to be independent in the choices they make e.g by ease of access to resources and equipment and in managing their own hygiene, dressing and undressing. We teach them to form good relationships with adults and other children and to develop respect for others. We encourage children to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings and behaviour and to understand the appropriate behaviour within the setting.

During the 1st half of the Autumn term this is an area of particular focus as we ensure that the children become familiar with adults and other children within the setting and ensure that they are familiar with the Nursery learning environment, learning spaces (including  indoor and outdoor) and routines. Time is spent building warm, caring and trusting relationships with the children through playing and talking with them and devising activities prompted by their interests to ensure that the children are happy and confident to stay with us without you. Time is spent teaching the children how to access and use each of the areas on offer such as the painting and small world areas, making our expectations of behaviour within each area clear and supporting them to tidy away resources.




We make sure materials and resources are easily accessible at child height, to ensure everybody can make choices. The Nursery team work closely to set, explain and maintain clear, reasonable and consistent rules and boundaries so that children can feel safe and secure in their play stemming from positive behaviour management systems.

We nurture the development of friendships through focus activities promoting getting to know each other in small groups and activities that require a group of children to play e.g ring games and parachute games.




During the 2nd half of the Autumn term we will visit our local park as this is an interest for many if not all of our children. We will learn about sharing through e.g play equipment, being safe through aspects of road safety, walking walking safely to and from the park and aspects of stranger danger. We will use stories such as Come on Daisy and Owl Babies to develop an understanding of feelings and the consequences of behaviour e.g getting lost and relate this to what we could do if we were to get lost.




There will be opportunities for the children to share and talk about and role play their  experiences of going to the park e.g feeding the ducks or having a picnic. We invite you to email photos of your visits to any of your children’s favourite parks to  as this is a sure way getting children talking about their experiences. We aim to have a visit from the Park Keeper to share the importance of looking after our park, staying safe and all the other exciting and interesting things that are happening at Spinney Hill Park.

We also use the Social, Emotional Aspects of Development scheme (SEAD) For the 2nd half of the Autumn term we will be adapting activities from New Beginnings and Getting on and Falling Out booklets which can be found at the links below.