Personal, Social and Emotional Development

A range of resources to support personal, emotional and social development in young children. Including resources to be better understand and support children's mental health.

Ofsted's Common Inspection Framework includes a judgement on personal development, behaviour and welfare. As part of making a judgement on this aspect of provision, inspectors will look at the extent to which early years settings successfully support and encourage children and their parents/carers to gain "knowledge of how to keep themselves healthy," and "evidence of a whole setting approach to healthy eating".

HENRY in Waltham Forest

HENRY (Health Exercise and Nutrition for the Really Young) also work in Waltham Forest and their Best Start team offers integrated services comprising specialist support in the key areas of Infant Feeding, Dietetics (healthy weight), Dental Health promotion and Speech & Language. 

Social and Emotional Aspects of Development 

This booklet contains materials designed for practitioners whose focuses are mainly on the younger children in the EYFS (birth to 36 months), though there is much that will be of interest to practitioners working with the older children. This booklet can also be used by individuals or groups of practitioners to aid reflective practice about supporting young children's personal, social and emotional development and in discussion groups with parents.

    Growing Strong - Attitudes to building resilience in the early years

    NCH's Growing Strong campaign aims to raise awareness about the impact that emotional wellbeing, self-esteem, social skills and resilience have on young people's futures and in helping to increase social mobility. This report forms part of this programme and details qualitative research conducted in order to understand parents' priorities in terms of resilience and emotional wellbeing, and to find out the language parents use to talk about these things.

    Download the Growing Strong report

    Building Resilience in Young Children

    This booklet is a resource designed to help parents boost their child's ability to bounce back from life's challenges and thrive. It is filled with:

    • up-to-date information
    • helpful tips
    • parent stories
    • links to other resources

    The Science of Resilience. Harvard University

    The Harvard University article enables practitioners to gain a better understanding of the terminology Resilience. The video can be used not only as an introduction to the subject but also to promote discussion and further reading. The overall idea should be to reflect and develop setting practice that promotes resilience in young children.

    Supporting Children's Mental Health


    MindEd is suitable for all adults working with, or caring for, infants, children or teenagers; all the information provided is quality assured by experts, useful, and easy to understand. Their aim is to give adults who care for, or work with, young people:

    • the knowledge to support their wellbeing
    • the understanding to identify a child at risk of a mental health condition
    • the confidence to act on their concern and, if needed, signpost to services that can help   

    Understanding Childhood Ltd

    Understanding Childhood Ltd is an independent not-for-profit enterprise set up in 2004 to disseminate the leaflets on child emotional development and behaviour first produced by senior child and adolescent psychotherapists for the Child Psychotherapy Trust (CPT).

    The goodwill and copyright was previously owned by the Child Psychotherapy Trust, established in 1987 and closed down by agreement of the trustees in 2004. You can download their well-respected leaflet series, known as Understanding Childhood and other CPT publications free via the Understanding Childhood Ltd website

    Last update: Friday 3rd of July 2020 10:26:49 AM