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

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Physical development is a key area of development for children aged 0-5 years. It is important that early years practitioners provide opportunities which promote physical development for children of all ages. In this blog, we will discuss how to provide opportunities for physical development in early years settings for three different age groups: 0-1 year 11 months, 2-2 years 11 months, and 3-5 years.

Opportunities for Physical Development from 0-1 Year 11 Months

At this age range, babies are beginning to develop motor skills such as crawling, standing and taking steps. Opportunities which promote physical development at this age could include providing a safe environment where babies can crawl and explore without the fear of being hurt or overwhelmed. Providing soft toys and objects that babies can explore will help them to get used to the sensation of holding items in their hands and manipulating them. Practitioners should also ensure that the baby has plenty of space to practice standing up on their own while using furniture or other objects as support. Finally, ensuring that babies have regular access to outdoor play areas with suitable open space will help them to further hone their physical skills by running and exploring freely.

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Opportunities for Physical Development from 2-2 Years 11 Months

At this age range, children are becoming more confident in their physical abilities and are able to move around more independently than during the previous period. Therefore, it is important that practitioners provide opportunities which encourage children’s confidence and promote physical activities such as hopping, skipping, running etc. Encouraging children at this age group to participate in team sports such as football or basketball can be beneficial as it teaches them how to socialize with others in a fun environment whilst working on their gross motor skills. Other activities such as obstacle courses or races can also be implemented as these allow children to use their gross motor skills whilst having fun and competing with each other (in an appropriate manner). Providing safe outdoor playgrounds where they can climb and slide also helps to increase mobility as well as build confidence when tackling new challenges.

Opportunities for Physical Development from 3-5 Years

At this age range, children have much greater control over their fine motor skills compared to younger children hence it is important that practitioners provide opportunities which help develop those skills further. Activities such as drawing or writing with pencils/pens can help with hand/eye coordination whilst building strength in the hands/fingers – both of which are essential for writing later down the line. Puzzles also help with coordination whist helping build problem solving skills too – something which is essential when it comes time for school! Outdoor play spaces are still extremely beneficial at this age too – although more care must be taken when supervising these activities due to increased mobility levels! Furthermore activities such as dancing/gymnastics can be beneficial too – not only do they increase flexibility but they also work on coordination too!

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Summary

Physical development is an integral part of a child’s growth and learning process during early years settings; therefore it is important that practitioners provide appropriate opportunities which promote physical development for all ages ranging from 0-5 years old . By providing safe environments where babies can explore freely; encouraging team sports amongst older toddlers; implementing activities such as drawing/writing with pencils/pens; puzzles; outdoor playgrounds; dancing/gymnastics etc., practitioners will be helping young minds learn how best utilize their developing bodies whilst having fun along the way! This blog post has discussed different ways early year’s practitioner could provide an opportunity which promotes physical development for each specific stage ranging from 0-5 years old – so now you know what you need do!

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