With growing concerns over declining levels of school readiness and physical activity, this book highlights the importance of quality early movement experiences and explores the connection between poor early Physical Development opportunities and later difficulties in the classroom.
The book outlines the Physical Development needs of babies, toddlers and young children up to the age of eight, and suggests practical ways in which these can be provided for. It explores key concepts and terms, such as physical literacy, fundamental movement skills, sport, physical activity and Physical Education (PE), in relation to young children’s Physical Development needs and discusses age-appropriate provision. Advice is given to prevent movement difficulties from occurring, but it is acknowledged that not all children follow a typical Physical Development pathway, and, where this is the case, suggestions are provided to help put children "back on course."
The Physical Development Needs of Young Children is important reading for all who work with or care for young children, including Early Years practitioners, primary school teachers, students who are studying to join these professions, and parents.
Table of Contents
- The Origins and Evolution of Physical Education (PE) and Physical Development (PD) in Early Childhood 0-8 years
- Physical Literacy in Early Childhood
- The Complex Nature of Early Childhood Movement Skills Development
- Physical Activity in the Early Years
- Finland: An International Approach to Physical Development
- Natural Physical Development in the First Year: The Pikler Approach
- Practical Approaches for Meeting the Physical Development Needs of Babies and Toddlers
- Physical Development in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
- Physical Development and Physical Education for 5-7 Year olds
- Unlocking Physical Potential: Putting Right What has ‘Gone Wrong’
- Adapting Sports for Young Children
- Adapting the Environment for the Early Years
- Physical Development Through Outdoor Play: The Example of Forest School
- Enhancing Physical Development Through Play
- Physical Development Programmes and Approaches: Content and Impact
Rebecca Duncombe and Lala Manners
Susan Allingham, Patricia Maude and Margaret Whitehead
Julie Stirrup and Rachel Sandford
Arja Sääkslahti and Rebecca Duncombe
Vicky Randall and Gerald Griggs
Rebecca Duncombe and Sally Goddard Blythe
Rebecca Duncombe, Pat Preedy, Cathy Parvin, Kim Pott and Ruth Smith
Rebecca Duncombe is a Neuro-developmental Therapist helping individuals
and schools. Her recent research has focussed on Physical Development in the
Early Years, and she jointly developed “Movement for Learning,” a daily programme
of developmental exercises aimed at children in reception and Year 1.