Fun PSED EYFS Activities at Old Bank Academy

Early Years run a pop-up beach shop as part of their Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

Early Years were really excited when Miss Aimee Garrick created a pop-up beach shop for the children at the academy as part of the PSED EYFS activities.

In order to grow, it’s fundamental for these little ones to continuously practice their cognitive learning of PSED within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). With the weather being so nice and everyone looking forward to the summer holidays, we decided to do a pop-up beach shop.

“When Miss Aimee Garrick came up with the idea of having a pop-up beach shop, I thought it was a fantastic idea. It is a fun and interactive way for students to improve their personal development by gaining self-confidence when running the shop; alongside developing their speech and language. Working as a team and building relationships as they play together encourages their social development.” Says Headteacher Judy Wood.

Learn more about our Early Years Admissions Policy here.

Personal Development in Children

Personal development is about a child’s self-image, self-confidence and self-esteem; without any of these, it can hold a child back in social situations which often leaves them falling behind in other areas too. We used the pop-up beach shop to help build the early years self-esteem and self-confidence by giving praise for taking part in the activities and playing nicely with others.

One of ours pupils did a really good job at playing shopkeeper, she independently put on her hat and glasses all by herself and was the first one to play the role of the ‘seller’ with the biggest smile. Another one of our pupils was very confident, she was the first one to pick up some sandals and sunglasses then politely paying for her items. We praised both girls as they did really well in building on their self-confidence and image with very good speech and language skills.

Beach shop PSED early years

Although these are simple tasks for us adults, these kinds of situations can prove difficult for children, so it’s an achievement when they manage tasks all by themselves. When given praise this can create an overwhelming sense of pride and achievement for the children, which also works wonders for their self-image.

Social Development in Children 

Social development in an early years setting is about how a child interacts with others and building relationships with staff and children. Our staff try their best to develop a bond with all of our students as we understand children need a source of comfort when they are away from home. Providing comfort to students enables them to explore new relationships with other children, knowing they always have a member of staff to come back to like a security blanket.

For the pop-up beach shop, we promoted social interactions between children through managing activities involving teamwork and encouraged their social skills by sharing and taking turns.

Two pupils took turns in wearing the armbands, as you can tell one pupil in particular was over the moon when she got her turn.

PSED EYFS Activities Armbands

Emotional Development in Children

Emotional Development is how children develop emotionally through understanding their feelings, as well as understanding the feelings of others. Children should be encouraged to share their feelings, and understand that it is ok to feel the way they do. Talking about feelings and emotions enables a child to recognise different emotions, understand why they are feeling a certain way, and develop coping strategies.

When playing at the pop-up beach shop, one pupil in particular, showed a great example of emotional and social development when recognising the feeling of another pupil when he was getting frustrated with the sun lotion bottle. He struggled to get the sun lotion out of the bottle with one hand while trying to put it on the other arm. When she saw his frustration, she went straight over to help him, she used both hands on the bottle while he rubbed it in. Miss Garrick was very impressed with the level of compassion and teamwork shown by the children.

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PSED EYFS Activities

PSED is the initial area of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and is recognised as one of the building blocks of success in life. It supports children’s cognitive development which is fundamental in their ability to grow and lead and happy lives. That’s why we like to make the PSED EYFS activities fun and enjoyable for the staff and the children.

PSED is one of three key areas within the EYFS curriculum, which are broken down into the following aspects:

  1. Self-confidence and self-awareness
  2. Managing feelings and behaviour
  3. Making relationships

We pride ourselves in making the children feel safe and secure, as we understand that children will be unable to learn new skills, or progress within their EYFS development if they don’t feel happy in their environment. This extends to children feeling confident and that it’s ok to make mistakes whilst they learn, this encourages students to grow with resilience.

Find out more about our Early Year Provision here.

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