In December 2011 and then again in April 2012, I contributed to the Nursery World conference on the ‘National EYFS Review: successfully implementing the revised framework‘. My contribution was looking at Physical Development – why it had become a ‘prime area’ (hooray) and what really effective outdoor provision for physical development would include.
This led to me being asked to write several articles – for Nursery World’s equipment special on Physical Development, published in Spring 2012 (article in previous post) and for Early Years Update, published in Summer 2012 (2 paired articles in this post). I’ve also now been invited to write on this subject for Exchange magazine in the USA (part 3 to follow).
This has become a key part of my work and I’ve become something of a crusader for children’s need to MOVE and BE PHYSICAL. I’m going to be facilitating a new Post Graduate Certificate [MA in Education (Early Years), double module 60 credits] in Children’s Physical Development from birth to Seven in collaboration with paediatric physiotherapist Sue Heron of Tatty Bumpkins, at the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC) in Birmingham. This will run alongside my module Learning Outdoors in Early Childhood which ran successfully this year. Both courses start mid-October – contact CREC for further details.
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