Dedicated to early years physical development


Proposed framework for new EY/PD Open University course

The aim is to establish a baseline body of knowledge in the field of EY/PD on which future learning may be built. To encourage learners to link their prior knowledge and practice to the five modules. To develop interest and engagement in the field.

  • Gain an understanding of the difference/relationship between growth/development
  • Gain an understanding of body systems and their relationship to movement and learning
  • Gain an understanding of the importance of movement skills to the overall health and wellbeing of young children – particularly their emotional development
  • Gain an understanding of the relationship between movement skills/language/literacy
  • Gain an understanding of activities appropriate to each age/stage of development – particularly through movement/active play

Assessment outcomes:

  • Evaluate the ways in which movement skills support learning and development
  • Evaluate the resources that support physical activity/play that are appropriate for each age / stage of development

The course will be 15 hrs long – divided into 5 x 3 hr modules.

Each module will be supported by relevant visuals, film and further reading materials.

1. Growth and development

  • What is the relationship between growth / development
  • What may be typical / a-typical / asynchronous / ’spikey’
  • What supports smooth physical growth / development
  • What may compromise smooth physical growth / development
  • How may it be assessed

2. Body systems

  • What are they
  • Why are they important
  • Vestibular / Proprioceptive systems and the link to learning
  • The relationship to emotional development
  • What supports body systems
  • What compromises body systems

3. Physical movement skills

  • What are they – FMS – fundamental movement skills?
  • Why are they important
  • How may skills be supported
  • What compromisestheir acquisition / rehearsal / refinement
  • How are they linked to learning
  • Importance of the environment

4. Movement, language and literacy

  • How are they related ?
  • Importance of physical experience (play) to language acquisition – communication skills
  • EAL – children ‘new to English’ – support
  • ‘Cultural Capital’ – supported through physical play
  • Link to reading/imagination

5. Physical movement play

  • How best to support inside / outside – birth- 5 yrs
  • Planning
  • Games / Dance