Monday, 14 July 2014

LITTLE "B'S" PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT


Little be has really started to come out of herself. She is now 18 months old and fully mobile. She is still a girl of very few words but you can tell that there is a lot going on inside!
 She involves herself in other children's play. Following there lead and giving things a go. Sometimes this is not always welcomed, for example when she knocks down the other children towers or stands on their small world play. But on the whole he "muck in" attitude means that she is a very popular child in my setting.

She uses a lot of body language and non verbal communication to make it clear as to what she would like you to do. I sometimes find myself doing things for her or passing her toys when not a single word has left her lips.

Personal, Social and Emotional- Self confidence and self awareness- (8-20 months). 

  • Uses pointing with eye gaze to make requests, and to share an interest. 
  • Engages other person to help achieve a goal, e.g. to get an object out of reach. 




Personal, Social and Emotional- Managing feelings and behaviour- (16-26 months).
  •  Seeks to gain attention in a variety of ways, drawing others into social interaction. 
  • Interacts with others and explores new situations when 
    supported by familiar person. 
  •  Shows interest in the activities of others and responds 
    differently to children and adults, e.g. may be more interested 
    in watching children than adults or may pay more attention 
    when children talk to them. 


She can sometimes be reserved and reluctant to try new things and gives you a stern stare while keeping her hands by her side. But she usually warms up to the idea and gives it a go. If I sit back and watch her and offer reassuring words and smiles then she seems to be more willing to try. Knowing that I am close at hand.

Personal, Social and Emotional- Self confidence and self awareness- (16-26 months). 

  • Explores new toys and environments, but ‘checks in’ regularly with familiar adult as and when needed. 
  • Gradually able to engage in pretend play with toys (supports child to understand their own thinking may be different from others). 



She does tend to use me as a base of support. She happily involves herself in her own play and interests but checks back with me for a cuddle or to show me something. If she becomes upset about something or has a fall then she very quickly settles herself by finding her mussy cloth to cuddle and suck on and climbs on to my lap for some comfort and reassurance.

Personal, Social and Emotional- Managing feelings and behaviour- (8-20 months).

  • Uses familiar adult to share feelings such as excitement or pleasure, and for ‘emotional refuelling’ when feeling tired, stressed or frustrated. 
  • Growing ability to soothe themselves, and may like to use a comfort object. 




Little "B" knows her own mind and her own ideas. This does not always suit the other children and there can be the odd disagreements over toys or play activities. On occasion we have had to say "No" or use the "Danger" sign to encourage her to not do something that could be unsafe. This has been met with tears and instant upset. I am not sure if this is because she has been told no, or if it is sadness at not being able to do something she would like to.

Personal, Social and Emotional- Managing feelings and behaviour- (8-20 months).
  • Beginning to understand ‘yes’, ‘no’ and some boundaries. 

We are all learning very quickly that we can distract her by asking her where her belly is! She does like to show everyone and puts her finger in her belly button!

Personal, Social and Emotional- Self confidence and self awareness- (8-20 months). 

  • Enjoys finding own nose, eyes or tummy as part of naming games. 




Little "B" is a very loving and caring little girl. She especially wants to take care of the younger children in the setting and at toddler groups that we might visit. She gives them their dummies (and also takes them away at times!), Offers them food and drinks, brings them toys and sometimes tries to pick them up.

Personal, Social and Emotional- Managing feelings and behaviour- (16-26 months).
  • Begins to learn that some things are theirs, some things are shared, and some things belong to other people. 
  • Is aware of others’ feelings, for example, looks concerned if hears crying or looks excited if hears a familiar happy voice. 




Sometimes I have to step in and remind her to be gentle, offering her the sign with the word as I say it. Or remind her that babies are not to be picked up. She can often be redirected if i give her a doll and some accessories to play with. Especially if the doll makes a crying sound when you press her tummy! This means the dolly needs extra cuddles!

Personal, Social and Emotional- Managing feelings and behaviour- (8-20 months).

  • Responds to a few appropriate boundaries, with encouragement and support. 
  • Is aware of others’ feelings, for example, looks concerned if hears crying or looks excited if hears a familiar happy voice. 
Little "B" and I are good friends and I love our time together. She can be reserved at times but never says no to a hug and often climbs on to my lap or lays down next to me for a chat or to be tickled!

Personal, Social and Emotional- Managing feelings and behaviour- (16-26 months).
  • •Builds relationships with special people. 
  • Is wary of unfamiliar people. 



LEARNING INTENTIONS AND IDEAS FOR EXTENDING LEARNING: 
  • This observation was to note where little "B" is in her Personal, social and emotional development with regards to the EYO.
  • To support her in her next steps along this path and to help her interact with others
NEXT STEPS: 
    •  Offer more role play environments so that she can engage in more pretend play. She has very much enjoyed our Vet area and the homecorner area as well as the outdoor kitchen.
    • Support her in expressing her own wishes and interests.
    • Introduce some "Emotions" activities. Using mirrors to look at ourselves when we feel cross or happy, sad or tired. Emotions board books, face stones etc..
    • Include more signs about emotions and instructions such as "stop" "gentle" and "Danger"
    • Validate and acknowledge her emotions and help her to work through them rather than trying too "save" her from them or "Hush" her.
    CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE LEARNING:

    Little "B" is very confident child who knows her own mind and can make herself understood. She shows curiosity in her environment. Engaging in imaginative play and showing a strong interest in taking on the role of a mum! Caring for dolls and younger children. She persists with challenging situations and when things get tricky, finds a familiar adult to support her.

    Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
    • Personal, Social and Emotional


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