Personal, social and emotional development

Resources for personal, social and emotional development in the Early Years Foundation Stage.


The government is providing a package of workforce training, support and guidance for the early years sector to aid staff and settings.

You can access free online training from the DfE. Module 3 is all about supporting children's personal, social and emotional development and there will be further modules released in the near future.

Also available is the Help for Early Years Providers pages. There's a section on personal, social and emotional development with videos and ideas to support play and development.

Key sites

  • Siren films have a wealth of training films and materials about child development and learning, including current research. The website includes a free series of articles from Nursery World by Anne O’Connor about adult-child interactions, starting at a new setting, gender roles and more
  • Persona doll training - resources and information from this international organisation that promotes equality and inclusion and challenges discrimination in child-friendly ways
  • Amaze is a Brighton & Hove and Sussex-based organisation offering advice and support to families of children with special needs and disabilities

One-off articles