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.

Working with Families to Promote Movement-Play

Working with families to promote movement-play


The early years of children's lives are the foundation that shape their future health, growth, development and learning. Many factors influence children's development, including, social, cultural, genetic and prenatal factors, illness, poverty, nutrition and life events. The structure and development of young children's brains, as we have seen in Chapter 1, are shaped by the co-action of both genes and environmental influences and their interaction with that environment (Rutter, 2006a).

In Chapter 4 we referred to the relationship between the quality of the early childhood educational environment and children's learning and development, highlighting the impact of high-quality provision on children's socio-behavioural development, cognitive progress and academic skills. The effect of high-quality care and education on ...

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