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:
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.
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?
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
The Growing Child: Laying the foundations of active learning and physical health
The Social Child: Laying the foundations of relationships and language
The Feeling Child: Laying the foundations of confidence and resilience