Social and Emotional Skills Development in Early Childhood


Social and Emotional Skills Development in Early Childhood Education and Care in Europe - Project EU-SELF




 Nadia Koltcheva




“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Great Speeches



  • Project overall objective
  • Nowadays there is no doubt that social and emotional skills (SES) are a key element in human development. Plenty of research and official reports show that if children are not attaining minimal SES at around six years of age, they are likely to be at risk in the next stages of their development. Well-developed SES in children contribute to academic success, improve learning conditions, are a powerful tool for empowering children for a better future, for a happier and more productive life, but also they are an irreplaceable tool for prevention of social exclusion, aggression and bullying, school dropout, different types of risk behaviours, psychopathology, unemployment, etc. Deficits in SES lead to poor academic results, may lead to problems with social adaptation or serious psychopathology, substance abuse problems, challenges finding employment or run-ins with the law, etc. Supporting SES development in the early years increases children's chances of success in school, work, and life. It will have an impact on the children themselves, but also a great indirect impact on their families, teachers, and society as a whole. EU-SELF project aims to an innovative approach of linking the knowledge and expertise in the field of SES and the educational practices.


    Project duration is 24 months (01.11.2019 – 31.10.2021)