Social and emotional development in young children is an important kindergarten readiness skill. Often when wondering if a child is ready for kindergarten, the focus is on academic type skills. But, social development is just as important if not more.
At age three, your child will be much less selfish than she was at two. She’ll also be less dependent on you, a sign that her own sense of identity is stronger and more secure. Now she’ll actually play with other children, interacting instead of just playing side by side. ~HealthyChildren.org
The younger years are a different phase of brain development. It’s not a watered down version of elementary school. Social Emotional Development in the younger years is about building confidence. Confidence shows in the ability to experience new things and take on new challenges.
The Psych Mom – Understanding Social-Emotional Development in Young Children
Functioning independently, but being able to interact with others, as well. Children can develop these skills through everyday activities. While riding in the car, while shopping, interacting with others and helping the family. These are the times that help early development.