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Building Social and Emotional Skills

As part of a Kindergarten Festival hosted by the South China Morning Post this weekend, Shrewsbury Principal, Mr Ben Keeling, was invited to join a panel discussion on the development of social and emotional skills in young learners.

As part of a Kindergarten Festival hosted by the South China Morning Post this weekend, Shrewsbury Principal, Mr Ben Keeling, was invited to join a panel discussion on the development of social and emotional skills in young learners.

"Social and emotional development defines how successfully we are able to regulate our own complex feelings and read and respond to those presented by others. While childhood acts as a particularly critical phase, our understanding in this area continues to develop and improve throughout our lives."

"Parenting is tough. There are no fixed rules and we all make mistakes, particularly when we are tired, stressed or anxious. While important not to overanalyse individual episodes or events, know that children are master observers - when they tantrum, it's important that we don't tantrum back. Mums and Dads need to take care of themselves and do their best to abolish the feelings of guilt that often arise when they do. We are all far more likely to respond considerately when we are feeling physically and emotionally refreshed."

"While I will always recommend that parents spend as much time as they are able to with their children, attendance alone is insufficient and can be counterproductive unless you are emotionally present."

"Playing with and around other children is a hugely effective way to develop social and emotional skills from a young age, but the spread of Covid has limited these interactions for many families.” 

"Reading or watching a story together and then playing through the narrative can prove a highly productive supplement. Parents can also support through the demonstration of emotional range either through the eyes of a specific character, or in response to their own emerging experiences. And it's important to recognise that there are no such things as negative emotions, only negative responses to the feelings we experience. Exploring your response to frustration, anger or upset rationally can be both reassuring and affirming."

Mr Keeling will be joining the school team at the Kindergarten Fair at the Shrewsbury booth on 29th May.