Supporting Physical Development in Early Childhood (FutureLearn)

Supporting Physical Development in Early Childhood (FutureLearn)
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The course is designed for adults involved in caring for or educating babies and young children.
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Supporting Physical Development in Early Childhood (FutureLearn)
Learn how to ensure young children do enough physical activity and how it improves child mental and physical health development. 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.

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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


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



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

MOOC List is learner-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.