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.

Making the Case for Physical Activity

Making the case for physical activity

Introduction

This chapter's focus is on the health benefits of physical activity for young children. Good health is considered to be one of the most important determinants of a child's life chances, yet the combination of changes in dietary patterns and lower physical activity has resulted in critical and worrying increases in childhood obesity. For the first time, therefore, physical activity for young children from birth has been considered by the chief medical officers (CMOs) in the UK (DH, 2011). The amount of time infants, children and adults should be physically active has been stipulated, with evidence given for its overall health benefits. At the same time, an investigation into actual levels of children's physical ...

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