28 Jul, 2016

Case for improving the promotion, delivery and evaluation of Early Years Physical Development, Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing

activematters commentary written by Dr Lala Manners | July 2016

Case for improving the promotion, delivery and evaluation of Early Years Physical Development, Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing

 

Summary

  1. Currently, in the UK there are three separate frameworks (spanning the Department for Health and Education) that support Early Years Physical Development, Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing.
  2. Their contrasting remits have resulted in confusion and inconsistent promotion, delivery and evaluation of Early Years (EY) Physical Development (PD), Physical Activity (PA) Health and Wellbeing.
  3. Training in this field is inconsistent and urgently requires a mechanism for quality assurance.
  4. Recommendations to support/improve best practice in EY PD/PA include:
  • Review the PD component of the EYFS, CMO physical activity guidelines and relevant elements of the CIF to ensure alignment of purpose.
  • Review the Ofsted inspection requirements for EY PD/PA.
  • Create National Quality Guidelines for EY PD/PA.
  • Develop quality training opportunities for the EY workforce to ensure their inclusion and effective participation in the PHE ‘wider workforce’ initiative.
  • Designate a PD/PA coordinator/champion in every EY setting – supported by Healthy Early Years schemes.
  • Review the concept of ‘School Readiness’.
  • Review DfE KS1 PE curriculum to align with the EYFS PD component.
  • Create a professional body/organisation to support EY PD/PA professionals.
  • Establish an EY PD/PA taskforce to inform and drive policy/practice in this field.

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