The physical development in the Early Years at Breaside is encouraged through the provision of opportunities for them to be active and interactive and to improve their skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement. Our children are supported in using all of their senses to learn about the world around them and to make connections between new information and what they already know.
Breaside children are fully supported in developing an understanding of the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices in relation to food.
What Physical Development means for Breaside children
■■ In the Early Years our children learn by being active and Physical Development takes place across all areas of Learning and Development.
■■ Physical Development helps Breaside children gain confidence in what they can do.
■■ Physical Development enables our children to feel the positive benefits of being healthy and active.
■■ Physical Development at Breaside helps our children to develop a positive sense of well-being.
■■ Good health in the early years at Breaside helps to safeguard health and well-being throughout life. It is important that children develop healthy habits when they first learn about food and activity. Growing with appropriate weight gain in the first years of life helps to guard against obesity in later life.
How Breaside effectively implements this area of Learning and Development
Breaside children are given the best opportunities for effective development and learning in Physical Development we give particular attention to the following areas.
■■ We build children’s confidence to take manageable risks in their play.
■■ Motivate our children to be active and help them develop movement skills through praise,
encouragement, games and appropriate guidance.
■■ We notice, encourage and value children’s natural and spontaneous movements, through which they are finding out about their bodies and exploring sensations such as balance.
■■ Time is provided to support our children’s understanding of how exercise, eating, sleeping, and hygiene promote good health.