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The Growing Child

Laying the foundations of active learning and physical health, 1st Edition

By Clair Stevens


112 pages

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How do children’s early physical experiences influence their future health and well-being?

What are the future consequences of a sedentary childhood on life chances and health?

What importance do we place in the UK on sleep, fresh air, good nutrition and movement?

The Growing Child thoughtfully discusses the key principles of children’s physical development alongside descriptions of everyday practice. It looks in detail at all aspects of physical development including exercise, diet, sleep and how these link to the development of the whole child.

The book considers key learning dispositions such as perseverance, determination, confidence, responsibility, courage and curiosity and shows how physical play helps to develop children’s organisational skills, team work, risk management, communication and raise their self-esteem. Drawing on the author’s own experience of running a Forest School nursery, the book aims to help practitioners to:

  • create rich and stimulating play environments that enable children to learn, make connections and explore using their whole bodies;
  • reflect on their own teaching methods to encourage children’s engagement, motivation and creativity through effective observation and planning;
  • engage with parents and carers to help support children’s learning at home whilst maintaining the values of the family;
  • celebrate the uniqueness of each child and provide learning experiences that are appropriate for individuals with particular learning needs, be they physical, emotional or cognitive to ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to succeed.

The first seven years of life provide distinct opportunities to lay the foundations for a positive, successful and happy life; it is essential that this is underpinned with a sound knowledge of child development. Emphasising the importance of understanding the theory that underpins children’s physical development, this accessible text shows practitioners how they can use this knowledge to provide learning opportunities that nourish children’s health, learning and well-being.

Table of Contents

1. Setting the Scene; 2. Play and Exploration; 3. Active Learning; 4. Creating and Thinking Critically; 5. Building Developing Confidence; 6. Engaging Families; 7. The Different Worlds of Boys and Girls; 8. Forest School; 9. Ready for School or Prepared for Life?

About the Author/Editor

Clair Stevens is Senior Lecturer in Early Years at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.

About the Series

Foundations of Child Development

Foundations of Child Development

Series Editor: Pamela May

An understanding of child development is at the heart of good early years practice. The four books in this exciting new series each take a detailed look at a major strand of child development – cognitive, social, physical and emotional – and aim to provide practitioners with the knowledge and understanding they need to plan ways of working with children that are developmentally appropriate. Clearly linking theory to everyday practice they explain why practitioners teach in certain ways and show how they can provide learning experiences that will help children to become competent and enthusiastic learners. Whilst the series allows for an in depth study of each of the four major areas of development individually, it also demonstrates that they are, in reality, intertwined and indivisible.

Titles in this series:

The Thinking Child: Laying the foundations of understanding and competence

Pamela May

The Growing Child: Laying the foundations of active learning and physical health

Clair Stevens

The Social Child: Laying the foundations of relationships and language

Toni Buchan

The Feeling Child: Laying the foundations of confidence and resilience

Maria Robinson

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Psychology
EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten