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

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Week 6: Health and physical development


To begin this week, watch Video 1 in which you meet Jackie Musgrave, the author of this week’s content. Jackie is in conversation with Josie Wilkinson, who is an early years practitioner, currently working as a teaching assistant. Josie is also a mother of two children who have health conditions, namely asthma. She describes the importance of parents having confidence in the practitioners who care for children with health conditions.

Jackie also introduces Karen Nash and Nicola Farmer, practitioners who later in this week will be discussing how they support physical activity and development for young children and how they work with parents.

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In this final week of the course, you will look at approaches to working with parents in sensitive ways to encourage them to promote physical development and activity.

By the end of this week, you will be able to:

  • describe why it is important to work with parents to promote children’s physical activity and development
  • explain the ways that physical activity can be promoted in children who have health conditions
  • identify ways of working with parents to promote children’s physical activity and development
  • present an audit of how your setting promotes physical activity and supports physical development.