Movement-play, put simply, is encouraging physical activity in a child-led manner for the benefit of children's health, learning and wellbeing. This book looks at the theory behind the importance of movement and: how movement play links with all the areas of early childhood development; physical activity guidelines for young children; practical advice and photos to support implementation in settings; how to assess your own setting; how to best work with parents on this topic; comprehensive guidance on writing a physical development policy

The early years is one of the critical periods in the establishment of physical behaviours and physical development is also one of the prime areas of the EYFS as well as other, global, curricula. A must-read for students on Early Childhood and Early Years courses and Early Years practitioners to improve their practice and understanding of psychical development for the benefit of young children.

Movement-Play and Its Influence on Young Children's Development

Movement-play and its influence on young children's development

What Is Movement-Play?

Movement-play is about children moving in specific ways as they go through a developmental sequence of significant movement patterns that link the body and brain. Early reflexes, senses and movement are the young child's route to learning, which is through the body. Movement and sensory experiences are crucial for the child's social and emotional development, behaviour and learning. Movement stimulates the neurological system that fires and wires the brain, forming a multitude of connections that lay important foundations for the young child's future learning and development. In this way, movement-play is more than physical activity but does not preclude it.

This chapter explores neuroscience and neurological dysfunction in relation ...

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