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.
- 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.