Encouraging Physical Development Through Movement-Play


By Carol Archer and Iram Siraj

The early years is one of the critical periods in the establishment of physical behaviours and physical development is also one of the prime areas of the EYFS as well as other, global, curricula. A must-read for students on Early Childhood and Early Years courses and Early Years practitioners to improve their practice and understanding of psychical development for the benefit of young children.

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Movement-play, put simply, is encouraging physical activity in a child-led manner for the benefit of children’s health, learning and wellbeing. This book looks at the theory behind the importance of movement and:

  • how movement play links with all the areas of early childhood development
  • physical activity guidelines for young children
  • practical advice and photos to support implementation in settings
  • how to assess your own setting
  • how to best work with parents on this topic
  • comprehensive guidance on writing a physical development policy


  • Movement-play and its influence on young children’s development
  • Making the case for physical activity
  • Implementing a movement-play-based curriculum for children from birth to six years of age
  • Improving the quality of movement-play: a small-scale study
  • Working with families to promote movement-play
  • Leading and managing the implementation of movement-play from practice to policy: a whole setting approach

Additional information

Weight 0.32 kg
Dimensions 24.3 × 17 × 1 cm