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.

Improving the Quality of Movement-Play: A Small-Scale Study

Improving the quality of movement-play: A small-scale study

Introduction

Previous chapters have carefully presented reasons why movement is essential for young children, in terms of their health, well-being, brain development and learning, and movement activities to help achieve these benefits have been described. The value of physical development for young children has been recognised by successive governments in England. The latest early years curriculum guidance has identified physical development as one of three prime areas of learning for young children.

There is a relationship between the quality of the environment and outcomes for children. Sylva et al. (2004), in their study, the Effective Provision of Pre-school Education (EPPE), found that high-quality early childhood settings have a significant impact on outcomes ...

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