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Managing feelings and behaviour is one of the three aspects of personal, social and emotional development, one of the three prime areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Children are expected to reach the early learning goal at the end of the EYFS in the reception year at primary school.

All staff need to be confident of their role in developing children’s understanding of this area of learning and development whatever the age of the children they work with.

It is important to remember that different approaches are appropriate for different ages of children and different children will progress in their understanding at different rates.

Aims and outcomes

Participants will:

  • know the early learning goal in relation to managing feelings and behaviour
  • understand how to work with children to support their capabilities in managing feelings and behaviour
  • know how the physical environment, resources and routines support children in managing their feelings and behaviour
  • gain confidence in planning for this area of learning and development for children of different ages and stages.

Unit content

  • Introduction
  • Ideas to support the goal
  • Plan an activity