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Physical Education Activities
For Children In The Early Years

Physical Education Activities For Children...

Physical activities are a vital part of the early years curriculum.

Physical Education Activities For Children
They are important for the health and development of children and may also provide a starting point for leisure activities.

All nurseries will provide regular opportunities for vigorous outside play.

This kind of play is important for all areas of development, not just the physical.

Many centres will provide some or all of the following as part of the PE (physical education) curriculum...

  • Gymnastics sessions that include floorwork as well as the use of large and small apparatus.

    Children often work with a theme in mind, for example moving on different parts of the body. They are encouraged to set targets for themselves.

    Some younger children might find the large apparatus daunting and adults should be sensitive to this and allow the child to stand by and watch until ready to join in.

    Children also have a part to play in the setting up and putting away of equipment; adequate supervision is vital here.

  • Opportunities for dance to live or recorded music. Dance styles from a variety of cultures may be introduced, sometimes by demonstration.
  • Games and games' skills will be introduced during the early school years. These could be indoor or outdoor sessions.

    Younger children may have difficulty remembering rules but can usually manage simple games.

    Large team games are not suitable at this stage as the children spend too much time waiting.

    Remember that there can be quite significant differences in children's physical co-ordination, balance and manual dexterity at this age and this range needs to be catered for in any skills sessions.

  • Equipment is also important too; a beanbag is easier to catch than a tennis ball; a full-size football is too big for a small child.

    Make sure that all children take part. They will not enjoy playing the game if they have not had a chance to learn the skills.

  • Swimming may be offered in areas where facilities are available. Children who have not experienced swimming before may be frightened at the prospect and need reassurance.

    If staffing is adequate, an adult in the water will help too.

    Sessions need to be short but frequent and children should never be forced into situations if they feel unsure.

  • Playtime will provide another opprotunity for physical activities, often without the direction of the adult.

    Some children organise themselves in complicated games, others will enjoy just running around.

    Children new to the situation and used to the organisation and adult interaction of the nursery playground, may find the frenetic activity of the school playground frightening and will want to find a quiet place to observe until they feel more secure.

Remember to allow plenty of time for changing both before and after PE sessions, as many children will need help.

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