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30 March 2012
The PSHE Association welcomes emphasis on personal, social and emotional development in revised framework for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
The revised framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) (link: http://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/earlylearningandchildcare/delivery/education/a0068102/early-years-foundation-stage-eyfs) was published on 27 March 2012, for implementation from September 2012.
Personal, social and emotional development (PSE) is a prime part of the curriculum for the early years. Educational programmes must involve activities and experiences for children, including their personal social and emotional development.
This 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.
Personal, social and emotional development underpins the personal social health and economic education (PSHE education) curriculum at key stage 1 and beyond. The PSHE Association believes that in having made PSE a core part of the early years curriculum, PSHE education should also become a statutory entitlement for all pupils in primary and secondary schools.