Emotional literacy

Emotional literacy

Emotional literacy is the way in which we understand and interpret emotions and feeling in ourselves and empathise with others. Emotional literacy is important for adults and children.

It helps:

  • Adults to 'tune into' children's emotions and understand their feelings and emotional responses. It provides us with a tool to interpret children's behaviour as an 'emotional response' to something that has happened to them.
  • Children to begin to understand their own emotions and feelings. It also helps children to start to develop empathy for other people's feelings.