Physical Development

Resources for physical development in the Early Years Foundation Stage.


The government is providing a package of workforce training, support and guidance for the early years sector to aid staff and settings.

You can access free online training from the DfE. Module 5 is all about supporting physical development in young children and there will be further modules released in the near future.

Also available is the Help for Early Years Providers pages. There's a section on physical development with videos and ideas to support play and development.

Key sites

One-off links

Moving and handling

Health and self-care

Additional materials

The following are texts that you may also find useful:

  • 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
  • Pre-school Learning Alliance (2018) Moving Right from the Start