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Have a look at these 2 minute films - quite a revelation!

As the filmmaker and photographer Jacob Krupnik says: 'There's a tendency to protect our kids from any potential sources of harm, shower them with praise and carefully curate every experience – what happens when we lower our guard and trust things will be alright?' He describes the films as 'playful pieces'  – but the subtext is also important: 'kids are strange, mysterious little people – and they need a bit of danger in their lives – they are built for adventure.' It is fascinating to see how they manage themselves independently in a range of completely unsupervised situations, and how much they enjoy being given free rein – f only for a short while.


Contributions sought for consultation on the CMO Physical Activity guidelines

Six years on – and what impact have these guidelines had on EY practice? The DfE missed a prime opportunity when they failed to embed them in the revised EYFSC this year – so what leverage do we actually have? Why should practitioners take any notice – what is the incentive to engage, let alone implement? It would be useful to provide feedback.


Latest ‘Obesity Update’ from the OECD

This gives a concise overview of obesity stats worldwide: some interesting ideas included to address the issue – particularly around the use of social media.


Sit Less – Move more

A very useful resource from NZ – a commendable holistic approach. Giving sleep such a prominent position within this framework is something we should give some serious thought to here.


New report on Parent-Child interactions – what works?

Definitely worth reading – but no mention here of the critical importance of Physical Development. Yet again, the developmental domain that underpins and supports all learning is omitted. Why? The three areas of child development highlighted in this review – attachment, behaviour and cognitive/language development – are profoundly affected by the range of physical opportunities experienced by young children. A useful report – but failing to include physical development just speaks volumes about the lack of awareness and understanding regarding this field that continues to prevail in the EY sector.


Helping Parents to Parent

This report is well worth reading: a good overview of best practice here and abroad – which approaches are most effective and give value for money, and will support the best outcomes for parents and their children.


Movement Environment Rating Scale (MOVERS) for 2-6 year-olds provision

Carol Archer and Iram Siraj have produced a much-needed resource to support professionals in their Physical Development practice. Finally, we have an effective assessment procedure that may measure the quality of children’s physical experiences, the environment in which they move and the underpinning pedagogy. Definitely worth considering – it fits with the ECERS-E and SSTEW ratings scales that many of you will be familiar with.