Plan an opportunity which promotes the physical development of children aged: 0-1 year 11 months, 2-2 years 11 months, 3-5 years

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 implement opportunities which promote the physical development of children
Assessment criteria: Plan an opportunity which promotes the physical development of children aged: 0-1 year 11 months, 2-2 years 11 months, 3-5 years

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Physical development is one of the most important aspects of early years education. It is essential for children to develop their physical skills in order to have a successful start in life. In this blog post, we will be looking at how an early years practitioner can plan opportunities which promote the physical development of children aged 0-1 year 11 months, 2-2 years 11 months, and 3-5 years.

Age Group 0-1 Year 11 Months

For babies aged 0-1 year 11 months, the most important thing is to provide opportunities that are safe and stimulating. An early years practitioner should create a secure environment where babies can explore safely. The practitioner should also provide toys and materials that are age-appropriate and tailored to the individual baby’s interests. Activities such as sensory play, tummy time, songs with movement, and exploring different textures can help promote physical development in this age group.

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Age Group 2-2 Years 11 Months

At this age, toddlers are more mobile and active than they were as infants. They are still developing their gross motor skills (running, jumping, throwing) as well as their fine motor skills (holding small objects). To facilitate their physical development at this stage, an early years practitioner should provide activities that encourage exploration and discovery. This could include obstacle courses or activities like beanbag toss or treasure hunts. The key is to keep things fun and engaging while still challenging them enough to push their limits and improve their skills

Age Group 3-5 Years

By the time children reach 3-5 years old they are usually quite active and have developed a lot of physical abilities already. At this point it is important for an early years practitioner to ensure that children have access to safe environments where they can continue to practice these newly acquired skills such as running, jumping and throwing balls accurately. Activities like playing catch or tag can be great ways for them to further develop these skills while also allowing them to socialize with other children in a supervised setting. Other activities such as riding tricycles or scooters can help build coordination while also providing an opportunity for exercise outdoors.

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Summary

It is essential for children’s physical development that they have access to appropriate opportunities throughout all stages of their early childhood education journey. An early years practitioner must be prepared to plan activities which promote physical development across all age groups by ensuring safety first while creating an environment which encourages exploration and discovery through fun games and exercises tailored specifically for each child’s individual needs based on his or her age group level of development. With careful planning from the practitioner’s side, every child will get the chance he/she needs in order maximize his/her potential in terms of physical development during early childhood education period!

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