Physical Activity in the Early Years

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Understand the importance of physical activity in early years for children’s healthy development.

What will I learn?

Children’s physical development is critical to their success through life. That is why it has a high importance in the early years learning frameworks across all nations of the UK.

However, according to latest NHS statistics, over a fifth of children enter reception obese. Less than 10% of children are meeting physical activity guidelines, according to the British Heart Foundation.

Children’s physical development is not defined by their age but by their opportunity to acquire skills and control. Young children need to be given lots of opportunities to practice and refine physical skills through being active. Early years practitioners have an integral role to play.

This online course from NDNA, will help practitioners to understand the importance of physical activity, and also give them the skills to support children in their care. Learners will evaluate whether their setting is providing the right support and opportunities for children to develop the “physical literacy” needed for healthy development and well-being.

Course key topics:

  • The importance of physical activity
  • How to overcome barriers to physical activity
  • Developing children’s physical literacy
  • Delivering physical activities that help children learn the fundamental skills they need for their healthy development and well-being.

Enrolment keys provided by NDNA are intended for single, individual use in conjunction with a valid NDNA Development Zone account. The enrolment period for online courses is 180 days from first use. Keys are non-transferable once purchased and no refunds can be given once the key has been used to access a course. Upon purchasing a course, you will receive an email within one working day with your enrolment key and instructions for accessing the course.