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Encouraging Physical Development Through Movement-Play

Encouraging Physical Development Through Movement-Play

May 2015 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Movement-play, put simply, is encouraging physical activity in a child-led manner for the benefit of children's health, learning and wellbeing. This book looks at the theory behind the importance of movement and:

  • how movement play links with all the areas of early childhood development
  • physical activity guidelines for young children
  • practical advice and photos to support implementation in settings
  • how to assess your own setting
  • how to best work with parents on this topic
  • comprehensive guidance on writing a physical development policy

The early years is one of the critical periods in the establishment of physical behaviours and physical development is also one of the prime areas of the EYFS as well as other, global, curricula.  A must-read for students on Early Childhood and Early Years courses and Early Years practitioners to improve their practice and understanding of psychical development for the benefit of young children. 


Movement-play and its influence on young children's development
Making the case for physical activity
Implementing a movement-play-based curriculum for children from birth to six years of age
Improving the quality of movement-play: a small-scale study
Working with families to promote movement-play
Leading and managing the implementation of movement-play from practice to policy: a whole setting approach

Links well to Play and SEND modules with practical ideas and discussions around different perspectives on 'risky' play

Mrs Terrie Blaszczyk
Froebel College, Roehampton University
June 27, 2018

Clearly laid out with practical as well as theoretical sections, this book is a must for students and practitioners alike. Through validating current practices and suggesting ideas for new activities and ways of working, this text is sure to become a well-thumbed favourite.
Sally Tazewell, Lecture in Early Years and Early Childhood Studies, University Centre Weston

Mrs Sally Tazewell
Dept of Care and Early Years, Weston College
May 26, 2017

Used to plan and deliver for level 3 students. A good source of information.

Mrs Marion Farnworth
Centre of Health & Childhood Studies, Hopwood Hall College
August 18, 2015

A good base for students to begin to study physical development from. The photographs were particularly helpful - especially for those students who have not yet been in a setting - to give idea of how to promote physical development

Mrs Tanya Richardson
School of Education, Northampton University
June 29, 2015

A useful text that I will be adding to our reading list. Foundation degree students may find the sections on play-based curricula relating to ages and stages particularly informative. Photography usefully indicates where module content, such as the development of proprioceptive systems, can be observed in settings -- a valuable link between theory and practice.

Ms Kate Roberts
Petroc, University of Plymouth
June 18, 2015

This is a timely and important resource that finally explains fully the importance of physical development, and the link between movement, cognition and physical development. It is an absolutely essential text for early years students, which is firmly grounded in up to date research. Highly recommended.

Mrs Anna Colgan
Higher Education, Banbury and Bicester College
June 11, 2015

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