22 Jun, 2019

Early Movers resources and website

A team of Loughborough University academics have launched a new website that provides practical tips to help early year practitioners and parents feel confident in delivering physical development opportunities to children.

Previous research undertaken at Loughborough University revealed many four-year-olds are not physically ready to start school with 30% of 45 Foundation Stage children found to be ‘of concern’ and almost 90% demonstrating some degree of movement difficulty.

The Early Movers website will help parents and early year practitioners ensure children are ‘school ready’ by providing guidance and activity ideas to aid with the physical development of babies and young children.

It is split into two key sections: ‘Core Skills’ and ‘Activities’. The first section breaks down core skills into categories – such as rolling, balancing and catching – and gives examples of the movements that would be expected to be seen emerging in babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers.

The Activities section is full of creative and fun suggestions for games parents and early years practitioners can initiate with children to develop their core skills.

The website also provides a handy glossary that helps users understand technical terms that relate to physical development.

Visit the Early Movers website at: www.earlymovers.org.uk