The early years are not only a time when children learn to take their first steps or say their first words. They are also critical years when, through their relationships with others, children start building expectations about their world and the people living in it. Every day, they learn emotional skills important for establishig healthy relationships in life. Skills such as the ability to recognise, express and manage a wide range of feelings. Skills that form the foundations for children’s further development and mental health and wellbeing.
Developments in science confirm that children who acquire a strong emotional foundation in the early years of life have the capacity to better manage everyday social interactions later in life. That’s why together with the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, UNICEF and the United Kingdom Government are supporting a programme to introduce development of socio-emotional skills of pre-school children. The programme is being piloted in 30 kindergartens, including the kindergarten “Korchagin” in Skopje.