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Social and Emotional Development



What is it?


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  • Developing an awareness of personal identity
  • Managing their own emotions and behaviours
  • Showing respect for diversity
  • Communicating, interacting and building relationships with others
  • Taking responsibility for their actions

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Why is it important?


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  • Develops in children a positive sense of themselves in relation to their peers, family and community
  • Builds self-confidence
  • Has positive impact on physical and mental health

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Making Friends


It is important to help children develop their social skills and learn how to interact well with their friends. Learn how you can make use of a sculpture, games and routines to get children to think about friendship and how they can work and play with their friends!
This sculpture is called “Chang Kuda” (“chang” means “to carry” and “kuda” is “horse” in Malay).
What does this sculpture show?
Get children to think about what friendship is:
Looking at their faces, how do you think the children feel? Why do you think they feel this way? What do you enjoy doing with your friends?
What are the children doing?
How are they working together? What games can you use to help children learn to work with one another?
What are the children doing?
How are they working together? How can you make use of routines to get children to work together?
What are the children doing?
How can you help your children better communicate with their friends?
What are the children doing?
How is role play useful in helping children play with each other? What other role play scenarios can you think of?