Another fabulous idea from the lovely Book Nook!
Come and listen to the story before taking part in the craft activity. You can then take home your creation. Free but please book. For ages 3+.
Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities. At Young Friends we understand the importance of this in helping the children to learn and to grow into young adults. Personal, Emotional and Social Development is separated into three aspects which are all equally important to a child’s growth and well-being…
Learning to get along with other children and with adults; how they can see something from somebody else’s point of view and take that into account when they play and work with other children
At young Friends we encourage this by:
We have many things in place in order to develop confidence in who children are as individuals, and what they can do and in expressing their own ideas
We have effective behaviour systems in place in all of the rooms, where children receive positive praise both verbally and by putting a marble in the jar for Pre-schools, Ball in the jar of happiness for toddlers and putting pictures on the rainbow for the Babies.
We have structured structured routines in each of the rooms and smooth transition times where children understand what is happening next and what is expected of them.
We have a strong and effective key person system and settling in period.
We have lively and educational group times where children can share a ‘Show and Tell’ item that they have brought in from home, have the time to share experiences with their peers and build up a connection with the group as a whole.
This is about how children can understand their own feelings and other people’s feelings, and how they learn to manage their feelings…
Persona dolls are one of our staple resources used in aid of children’s social development, supporting their ability to communicate, problem-solve, and empathize with others. Persona dolls were first developed in the U.S. in the 1950s by Kay Tans who created these dolls with the intention of physically representing a variety of people. The persona dolls allow children to discuss their experiences with “someone” they can relate to (the persona doll is always the same age as the majority of the group) and explore differences in gender, race, culture, lifestyle, sexuality and disability. The dolls are always the age of majority of the children and will experience social situations that are relevant to the children, i.e. doesn’t like to share or enjoys going to the beach, in order to foster discussion.
Currently in the nursery, we have two persona dolls – one for the 2yr olds and one for the preschoolers. Each one has its own backstory including cultural, family dynamic, home environment, likes/dislikes, etc. Kaila, our preschool doll, has same sex parents and is currently going through the transition of a new addition to the family. The two-year olds’ doll, which is on loan from the EMAS network, is a traveler who is currently coming to terms with her parents’ separation. They both have their own stories – both attend other nurseries which is why they’re not always with us – and children are given the opportunity to demonstrate strong listening and recall skills, empathy, and critical thinking. They’ve even invited the persona doll to join them for snack because she had been feeling left out at her other nursery.