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Physical Development (PD)


Physical development is as the title suggests about how babies and young children gain control of their bodies, but it also includes how children learn about keeping themselves active and healthy and how they learn to use equipment and materials successfully and safely. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Physical Development is broken down into two aspects:

·         Moving and Handling

·         Health and Self-Care


To support your child in developing in this area they will participate in the following activities:

Negotiate space successfully when playing racing and chasing games with other children, adjusting speed or changing direction to avoid obstacles

Travel around, under, over and through balancing and climbing equipment

Use simple tools to effect changes to materials

Handle tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely

Begin to show a preference for a dominant hand

Begin to mark make

Begin to write own name

Use scooters and tricycles to develop gross motor control and hand-eye coordination

Partake in PE lessons

Eat a healthy range of foods and understand the need for variety in food

Show understanding of the need for safety when tackling new challenges

Show understanding of how to transport and store equipment safely

Manage self care independently