Reflect on own role in relation to the provision for promoting physical development 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 implement opportunities which promote the physical development of children
Assessment criteria: Reflect on own role in relation to the provision for promoting physical development in own setting

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As an Early Years practitioner, it is important to reflect on your own role in relation to the provision for promoting physical development in your setting. This reflection can help you identify areas where you could be more effective and make changes that will lead to better outcomes for the children in your care. In this blog post, we will look at some of the key areas of physical development that early years practitioners should consider when reflecting on their own role.

In order to promote physical development, early years practitioners must first understand its importance and how it contributes to a child’s overall growth and development. Physical development involves the use of all parts of the body and includes activities such as fine motor skills (hand-eye coordination), gross motor skills (running, hopping etc.), balance, coordination and agility. All these elements are essential for a child’s development as they provide them with opportunities to explore their environment and engage with others through play.

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Early Years practitioners can further support a child’s physical development by providing them with access to a variety of activities that promote movement, coordination and exploration. These activities could include outdoor play, sports, dance or any other type of activity that encourages physical activity. Additionally, Early Years practitioners should also ensure that there is time dedicated each day for children to engage in quiet activities such as puzzles or drawing which require fine motor skills. By providing children with access to a variety of activities throughout the day, Early Years practitioners can help foster physical development in their setting.

Furthermore, Early Years practitioners should also strive to create an environment which fosters independence and allows each child to develop their own sense of control over their body movements. This can be done by providing age-appropriate equipment and toys which are accessible at all times during playtime so that children can practice using them independently. Additionally, Early Years practitioners should also take into consideration any specific individual needs when creating an environment for physical development; this could involve making adjustments so that certain children have easier access to certain items or resources within the setting if needed.

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Reflecting on your role as an Early Years practitioner in promoting physical development is essential for ensuring positive outcomes for the children in your care. It involves understanding how physical development contributes to overall growth and exploring ways in which you can create an environment which fosters independence while also allowing children access to engaging activities throughout the day which encourage movement and exploration. By doing this, you can help create an ideal environment where each child has access to resources they need while also having opportunities to practice developing key skills related to physical development such as hand-eye coordination or balance.

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