When I saw this photo recently of some children at Happy Turtles it reminded me of one of the fundamental skills that children start learning with us and keep learning throughout their education – making relationships.
Friendships will come and go over the next 10 years, there will be joy and heartbreak and there will be learning! Making relationships is complicated and the more practice we get the better we are at it.
The EYFS states the Early Learning Goal in Personal, Social and Emotional development at 5 years old is that ‘children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings and form positive relationships with adults and other children’
I remember, not that long ago, very similar photos of my daughter with her friends at nursery. I’m not sure she was displaying all these skills, but she’s just had her graduation prom, having completed her GCSE’s and although she does have lots of new friends she shared all the prom photos with her friends from back in nursery!
And finally, there’s the grown-up friendships, most of my best friends are people I met when my daughter joined nursery, so even I continue to flex those relationship building skills.