The Importance Of Physical Development

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Physical development also supports a child’s personal social and emotional development. If a child can participate in physical activity they learn about the environment around them. By being able to participate in team sports a child can increase in confidence and control (Nurse, 2009). In the specific areas of learning and development, physical development supports throughout. It allows a child to be able to improve their literacy skills; as they develop their fine motor skills they can learn to write. Both fine and gross motor skills are used to hold and read a book. From books, develops imagination which can develop the brain and may involve activities with physical movement (Development matters, 2012). Mathematics allows a child to count…show more content…
Settings must comply with the relevant statutory guidelines which state at 3.58: “Providers must provide access to an outdoor play area or, if that is not possible, ensure that outdoor activities are planned and taken daily (unless circumstances make this inappropriate, for example unsafe weather conditions). Providers must follow their legal responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 (for example, the provisions on reasonable adjustments)”. (DFE,2014). In my opinion the outdoor area in any setting is often the childrens’ favourite place to be, as all the natural features engage children’s senses and provide opportunities for hands on learning. By letting children play with sticks, climb trees and roll around on the ground children develop physically and mentally. This is an area where there is often greater freedom and scope to investigate their surroundings and whilst there is exploration there is also very good opportunity to develop gross motor skills through physical activity. Such activities also spark their imaginations (Cooper, a…show more content…
It is vital that in any setting there is good and clear communication between a setting/early years practitioner and the parents. By working together, it gives each child the best possible chance to develop to their full potential. In an early years setting it is imperative that they have an environment that is set up to support physical development. Practitioners can support parents in many ways to help with further development at home (Spencer, K, & Wright, P. 2014). Displays of activities in the setting and good frequent communication of the sort of activities that a child is doing in a setting will help a parent to understand suitable activities and specific areas of development as a child will not be able to pass on information about all their activities in a day One way in which a practitioner could work with the parents is by giving parents many different types of activities to do at home. By setting activities you can make them flexible so that they can be completed indoors or outdoors (Durant, S.
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