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IMPORTANCE OF PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN PRESCHOOL

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) is important because it helps young children learn how to build relationships, manage their emotions, and develop social skills. By interacting with their peers, preschoolers learn how to communicate effectively, take turns, and problem-solving skills.

It also helps children to become independent, develop self-respect, keenness for learning, and respect for others. Preschool also provides opportunities for children to develop their self-esteem and self- confidence, which can help them succeed academically and socially in the future.

The positive social and emotional development in preschool sets a foundation for healthy relationships, good mental health, and overall well-being in adulthood. PSED plays a key role at the Preschool level as it helps the children to be independent and complete tasks which they have initiated.

They also initiate and maintain verbal interaction with adults familiar to them and within the Peer Group. They also can understand the feeling of their peers most of the time and try to comprehend these feelings.

This then becomes a lifelong habit to show empathy. Social and Emotional Development (SED) means children start to understand who they are and what they are feeling. Positive SED in a Preschool takes place in all the activities happening throughout the day. Activities like role play, reading books together, listening to stories and playing outdoors, and taking turns develops a sense of self in the child.

As I would say SED in a Preschool takes place in an everyday routine or learning. SED refers to when a child learns to understand and manage emotions at an early age.

These emotions are very important to connect a child with oneself and the world outside. From the age of 0 – 6 years onwards, there is scope for incredible growth in all domains of development. The Preschool is the first home away from home, where the child develops social and emotional skills.

These skills can be developed with the help of themes being introduced in a Preschool and following a schedule with our child. The Child will never get used to routines in one day. So, we need everyday to repeat it to them and make simple class rules made with them, which will help our children to understand and follow these routines, making them grow emotionally.

Sharing is Caring is a simple rule which we can repeat in our classrooms. With this simple rule, toddlers learn to engage with their Peers. It can help them to express and bond with one another.

A pre-schooler develops these skills through various activities in which he/she is involved, like involvement in Structured Games with rules, which helps a child to play well with other children and wait for their turn.

To Promote school readiness, Preschools need to focus strategically on SED and help the Children become healthy thriving youngsters.

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