Getting young children active and supporting their physical development right from the start is essential for children’s all-round development and good health. However, children’s levels of physical activity are declining. This book helps readers increase their understanding to support young children’s overall development, health, and wellbeing.
Breaking current physical activity guidelines into bite-size chunks, the book provides key advice on caring for and educating babies and young children on how to meet the recommended amount of physical activity each day. Current research is accessibly explored, including links with screen time and neuroscience, and informs a range of flexible, open-ended activities and practical strategies to use in every early years setting. Chapters include:
- Suggestions on planning an enabling environment to support young children’s physical development without expensive equipment or classes.
- Steps for making physical activity inclusive for all children, including those with special educational needs and physical conditions.
- Key research translated into easy-to-understand, informative guidance.
- The voice of the child and the importance of listening to children woven throughout.
- Opportunities for readers to assess how their own setting supports physical activity.
- The importance of early physical development to communication and future academic performance.
Grounded in best practice for supporting physical development in the early years and working with parents, this book is essential reading for trainee and practising early years educators, as well as parents and carers of young children.
Series Advisor foreword
Chapter 1: What is growth and development?
Chapter 2: Body systems, senses and physical development
Chapter 3: Supporting physical development in children
Chapter 4: Movement and learning
Chapter 5: Play and physical development in early childhood
Chapter 6: Health and physical development
Chapter 7: Putting it into practice
"This book is not just for the early years workforce, it's for everyone and anyone who is interested in helping babies and children to develop effectively, from parents to grandparents, to nursery staff and child minders – if you look after a preschool child, this book is written for you!" - Angela Baker, Public Health Consultant