Critically evaluate the provision for promoting the physical development of children in own setting

Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 3.11: Promote the physical development of children
Learning outcome: Be able to critically evaluate the provision for promoting the physical development of children in own setting
Assessment criteria: Critically evaluate the provision for promoting the physical development of children in own setting

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As an Early Years practitioner, it is important to critically evaluate the provision for promoting physical development in your own setting. This includes assessing the environment, activities and resources available to children, and how they are used to ensure that each child has adequate opportunities for physical growth and development. Let’s look at some of the ways you can do this.

Evaluating the Environment

When assessing physical development in an early years setting, it is important to consider both indoor and outdoor environments. A good place to start is by looking at space and resources available for activity, such as play equipment, furniture, and storage areas. Are these appropriate for the age group? Is there enough space to move around freely? Do you have a wide range of activities available so that all children have the opportunity to explore different types of physical activities?

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Activity Provision

Next, you should evaluate how physical activity is being provided. Are there sufficient opportunities throughout the day for active play? Are children encouraged to take part in activities that involve movement? Are adults modelling appropriate skills such as throwing, catching, balancing or jumping? It is also important to consider how much control children have over their own play; do they have freedom to choose their own activities or are they being led by adults?

Resources Available

Finally, it is essential to evaluate what resources you have available and how they are being used. How does the quality of resources impact on activity provision? Are materials suitable for all ages – from babies through to school-age children – or are they better suited for certain age groups only? Does your selection include items that will help promote physical development such as balls, blocks or climbing frames? What about items that encourage creativity and imagination like arts & crafts materials or dress-up clothes?

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Summary

In conclusion, assessing provision for physical development in an early years setting requires a critical evaluation of both indoor and outdoor environments along with activity provision and resources available. By taking into account these areas when evaluating your own setting’s practices, you can ensure that each child has adequate opportunities for physical growth and development according to their needs. This will help create a safe learning environment where all children can thrive!

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