Physical Development

Resources for physical development in the Early Years Foundation Stage.



Moving and handling

  • Audits from Early Education are very useful ways to check and develop children’s physicality and the physical development provision outdoors at your setting
  • ‘Boing, Whoosh and Roly Poly’! Ideas for families to support young children’s movement play are available
  • Road Safety have developed a suite of new resources for 3-6-year olds, making it easier for early years practitioners to integrate road safety into activities in fun and flexible ways. The age-appropriate materials teach key messages using films, role play and song. The resources include both adult led activities and independent learning.
  • Physical Development – FREE online CPD is available
  • Crossing the Centre Line – see this article highlighting the links between physical development and brain development
  • An interesting article on the benefits of climbing

Health and self-care

  • Parent-friendly top tips to support children’s developing self-care skills


  • Archer, C and Siraj, I (2017) Movement Environment Rating Scale (Movers) for 2-6 year olds provision. Improving physical development through movement and physical activity. Trentham

​​Guidance by the Early Years Team in Brighton and Hove suggests ways to develop this area of learning:

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