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Physical Development

Physical Development is one of the three Prime Areas for a child's development. We aim to help our children succeed in moving and handling by giving opportunity to:

  • explore different tools and mark-making materials
  • explore various climbing and balancing apparatus
  • use different small apparatus, such as balls, bats, beanbags
  • explore the bikes and scooters
  • develop running and moving skills in the garden
  • provide plenty of fine motor activities



Physical Development also covers Health and Self-Care. Our children are taught how to care for themselves and keep themselves safe by:

  • exploring role play activities, such as doll play
  • having opportunities to explore teeth and toothbrushes
  • exploring soap and cleaning materials
  • being taught about the importance of hand washing and healthy eating
  • being encouraged to try new foods
  • being encouraged to take risks, and learning about keeping themselves and others safe
  • learning to use the toilet
  • being able to get themselves dressed/ undressed

When they leave our Nursery your child should be able to:

  • Eat independently most of the time, and will be learning how to use a knife and fork.
  • Become more independent in getting dressed and undressed, such as being able to put on their coat and do up the zip.
  • Brush their teeth, and wash and dry their hands independently, and understand why it is important to brush their teeth and make healthy choices about food and drink.
  • Use a range of skills, such as balancing, riding and ball skills.
  • Walk up steps/ stairs with alternate feet.
  • Skip, hop, stand on one leg and hold a pose for a game such as musical statues.
  • Wave flags and streamers using large muscle movements, and paint and make marks on a large scale.
  • Join in with group and team activities, such as kicking a ball to a friend.
  • Use one-handed tools, such as scissors, and choose the right tools for the task they wish to complete.
  • Work with friends to move and carry large objects such as big wooden blocks.
  • Show a preference for either their left or right hand, and Hold pens and pencils in a comfortable grip and show good control.


How you can help your child at home:

  • Help with dressing, but let your child do the last steps, such as fastening the zip.
  • Encourage your child to be active by walking/ cycling to nursery.
  • Give many opportunities to practise running, jumping and balancing etc.
  • Encourage your child to complete simple tasks, such as washing their plate

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