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Supporting physical development in early childhood
Supporting physical development in early childhood

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Meet the course authors

This course has been written by the following:

  • Jackie Musgrave

    Jackie Musgrave is the lead author of this course. Her research and teaching explores ways of working with professionals and parents to improve young children’s health. Jackie is the Programme Lead for Early Childhood at The Open University.

  • Lala Manners

    As a teacher, trainer, educator, consultant, researcher, author and broadcaster, Lala Manners has enjoyed a long and varied career in the field of early years movement studies and physical development.

  • Ben Langdown

    As well as being a lecturer in Sports Coaching at The Open University, Ben Langdown is also a strength and conditioning coach to junior and adult golfers, with a focus on youth sport and physical development.

  • Jo Josephidou

    As she used to be a primary school teacher, Jo Josephidou, who is now a lecturer in Early Childhood at The Open University, is convinced of the importance of physical development in a child’s overall development and learning.

  • Lucy Rodriguez Leon

    Following a career as an early years practitioner, consultant and trainer, Lucy Rodriguez Leon joined The Open University in 2019 as a Lecturer in Early Childhood.

  • Angela Baker

    With a background as a paediatric nurse, educational supervisor, and senior lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, Angela Baker is Deputy Director of Health and Wellbeing for Public Health England in the South East, with a focus on developing local and national strategies for health improvement.

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