Children’s personal, social and emotional development (PSED) is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives, and is fundamental to their cognitive development. Underpinning their personal development are the important attachments that shape their social world. Strong, warm and supportive relationships with adults enable children to learn how to understand their own feelings and those of others. Children should be supported to manage emotions, develop a positive sense of self, set themselves simple goals, have confidence in their own abilities, to persist and wait for what they want and direct attention as necessary. Through adult modelling and guidance, they will learn how to look after their bodies, including healthy eating, and manage personal needs independently. Through supported interaction with other children, they learn how to make good friendships, co-operate and resolve conflicts peaceably. These attributes will provide a secure platform from which children can achieve at school and in later life.


Opportunities to become an independent learner at Long Furlong:

  • Toast Friday (supported by an adult)
  • Cooking sessions
  • Self-service snack area
  • Changing for outside play
  • Self-registration
  • Choosing resources and activities
  • Looking after water bottles, hanging up their belongings
  • Putting on painting and water aprons
  • Toast Tuesday (all aspects of making)
  • Self-service snack area, including cutting up snack
  • Self-service paint area
  • Washing up
  • Changing for outside play and PE
  • Looking after own learning resources (phonics packs, maths packs)
  • Tidy-up time
  • Self-registration/snack register
  • Cooking (weekly session and special occasions)