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

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8 Summary of Week 3

This week you have built on the knowledge and skills acquired in Weeks 1 and 2 by gaining an understanding of the role that movement can play in supporting an overall smooth development.

You have also learned the benefits of physical activity to learning, and how parents, carers and practitioners can best support the development of movement skills in young children (0–5 years of age).

Top tips

  • Be aware that all children develop at different rates – age is the least useful indicator when considering physical skills.
  • Physical skills do not need to be forced in any way – remember that constraint-based supports may in fact compromise their development e.g. baby-walkers.
  • You don’t need specialist equipment to encourage children to move – just a clean floor when babies and then space outside when older.
  • Acknowledge the benefits of how early positive movement experiences can impact later successful engagement with physical activity.
  • Remember that while FMS are the cornerstones to becoming physically literate, progression does not occur in a linear fashion and that progress may come in the form of other domains.
  • Bear in mind the UK CMO guidelines with the goal of supporting children to 180 minutes of physical activity per day – ‘Get Strong. Move More. Break up inactivity’.

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