What do we know?
Sammy Skills promotes skills based play. As well as encouraging children to be more physically active it is also important that we create environments and activities which will encourage children to develop their fundamental movement skills. Data shows that an increasing number of children are behind with their skill development by the age of 3 years.
Babies’ brains are “unfinished” at birth, therefore movement and physical activity plays a huge role in creating nerve connections in the brain. These provide the foundations for all future learning, including formal learning at school. Even before they can walk and talk a child needs regular and varied opportunities to move freely and interact with people. These experiences form the grounding for lifelong physical, social and emotional skills.
Fundamental movement skills are very important for child’s physical development. When confident and competent in these skills, children can develop sport-specific and complex movement skills. These skills allow children to enjoy sports and physical activities and become physically literate.
Most importantly, with a firm grasp of the fundamental movement skills, a child may enjoy a long life of physical activity. Therefore it is important that early years settings adopt a skills based planning approach to ensure children are exposed to opportunities to develop an array of skills.
Providing a child with a variety of movement and physical activity experiences does not have to cost a lot of money. There are lots of ways to be active inside, such as active stories, copy me games, action songs and yoga. Outside, children tend to be more active and can be stimulated through using natural aspects in the environment such as digging, finding and collecting.
Our Startwell newsletter includes a skill of the month to support you with this.
Suzy Startwell Says
Babies and young children feel good about themselves when adults are active with them.
If infants and children see you being active and enjoying movement they will be encouraged to join in and feel good about themselves once they succeed.