Young children need active lives from birth. We increasingly understand how the body and brain develop together, reinforcing the importance of putting physical development at the heart of early childhood education. Concerns about lifestyles, health and childhood obesity have also put the spotlight on this vital issue, as have the growing number of 2-year-olds entitled to receive the early education entitlement.
This book is intended to help practitioners develop their knowledge and practice to better support children’s all-round physical development. It will give readers:
- a deeper understanding of the role of movement and physicality in children’s lives, wellbeing, health, development and learning
- a strong commitment to increasing movement and physicality in all aspects of care/education and in their home lives
- understanding of critical movement experiences; how to support them through provision and practice; adult role and strategies for providing engagement and support
- understanding of how to implement national curricula in this area