How does the school support the social and emotional development of the children?

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

At Cherry Garden, a core area of our curriculum is PSED (Personal, Social & Emotional Development).

The children have timetabled PSED sessions, as well as opportunities for developing independence throughout the day. This may be related to dressing, eating & drinking, toileting or other bathroom skills.

We use Intensive Interaction as a technique to develop a child’s early social and communication skills. Our staff receive training in this area and are encouraged to seek opportunities for interactions throughout the day. The skills the children learn are key building blocks in the preparation for more formal communication methods.

One day per week, we employ a music therapist who works with individual children. Music Therapy is a psychological therapy that aims to facilitate positive changes in emotional wellbeing and communication through the engagement in live musical interaction between the child and the therapist.