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Physical Development and Active Play

Physical Development and Active Play

In the EYFS, Physical Development sits firmly under one of the three prime areas, it is a hugely important area in the holistic development of children under five. The Department of Health have set out some very clear receommendations for the under fives, which can be found here 


Best practice, activity ideas, experiences and links to the EYFS

The Department of Health recommend at least three hours of physical activity across the day for children in the early years. It is also suggested that minimalist of movement and activity can help. By adjusting our approach to physical and active development we can make a difference. Every single movement counts, we just need to make the most of everyday opportunities. For example we can ensure our youngest children are using core strength by encouraging them to stretch for favoutrite toys just out of reach. This will help core muscles and support and develop their balance and coordination

Encouraging children to walk short and then eventually, slightly longer distances over time, will help to build muscle strength. We can provide enriching opportunties in the simpliest of everyday tasks, by justs ome cretive thinking. Fun games, such as walking on tiptoe, stamping our feet or marching to a beat of a drum, will promote healthy physical and active development

Promoting sensory experiences in all its enriching, exciting and endless forms, by providing sand and water play, messy experiences, such as cornflower play and playdough will strengthen and promote fine motor skills 


Physical Development and the EYFS

EYFS resources - Help for Early Years Providers

Physical development - Help for early years providers - GOV.UK (

This is split into three categories 

Core strength and co-ordiantion - watch a video by clicking here for more information on this area 

Gross motor skills - for more information, including a video click here

Fine motor skills - activity ideas for fine motor skills click here