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Supporting Physical Development in Early Childhood

Learn how to ensure young children do enough physical activity and how it improves child mental and physical health development.

Supporting Physical Development in Early Childhood
  • Duration6 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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Discover the benefits of physical activity for children and babies

On this course, you’ll discover the importance of physical activity for young children’s overall development.

As you explore the holistic health and developmental benefits of physical activity, you’ll learn low cost, effective ways of ensuring babies and young children meet the 180 minutes per day of recommended activity.

You’ll find out how physical activity can improve child mental health and wellbeing, as well as contribute to the prevention of childhood obesity.

The course draws on research and expertise from academics from early childhood, sport and fitness at Public Health England.

What topics will you cover?

• Growth and physical development of babies and young children

• The relationship between physical development and other areas of development

• Why physical development should be supported

• Factors that can impact supporting babies and young children’s physical development – challenges and solutions

• Supporting physical development through indoor and outdoor play and activities

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the importance of movement skills to the overall health, wellbeing and development of young children
  • Explore the relationship between physical growth and development
  • Describe the body systems and their relationship to moving and learning
  • Describe the relationship between movement skills/language and communication skills/literacy
  • Identify the appropriate physical/movement activities for each age and stage of development from 0–5 yrs
  • Explore how parents and practitioners can work together to support the physical development of all children

Who is the course for?

The course is designed for adults involved in caring for or educating babies and young children.

As well as being aimed at practitioners in the workforce, the course will give adults, including parents, who are involved in the care and education of babies and young children the opportunity to access evidence-based research.

Who will you learn with?

Jackie is the Programme Lead for Early Childhood at The OU. Her research and teaching explores ways of working with professionals and parents to improve young children's health.

An experienced and competent Public Health Consultant who has been a part of every level of the NHS, within Local Government and nationally within Public Health England.

Dr Manners has enjoyed a long and varied career in the field of EY movement studies and physical development: as teacher, trainer, educator, consultant, researcher, author and broadcaster.

Ben lectures in Sports Coaching at The OU. His research focuses on youth sport, physical development, athlete monitoring & golf. He is also a strength and conditioning coach to junior & adult golfers.

Jo is a lecturer in Early Childhood at The Open University. She was a primary school teacher and is convinced of the importance of physical development in a child's overall development and learning.

Lucy joined the Open University in 2019 as a Lecturer in Early Childhood following a career as an early years practitioner, consultant and trainer.

Who developed the course?

Public Health England

We exist to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. We do this through world-leading research, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and providing specialist public health services.

The Open University

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

  • Established1969
  • LocationMilton Keynes, UK
  • World rankingTop 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

Health Education England

Health Education England (HEE) support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvements to the patients and public of England.

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