- Department of Health and Social Care (2011) Start Active, Stay Active and related factsheets for pre-walking and walking early years children
- NHS Physical activity guidelines for children under five
- Further guidance and useful links from Loughborough University School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
- Jabadao, a national organisation promoting movement and physical play
- DfE Healthy eating guidance and menus
- Eat Better, Start Better, national nutritional guidance, is now available
- Sample menus for early years settings are also available
- All the above nutritional advice, plus additional factsheets and infographics, are available at Foundation Years
- Physical development – the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine website has a wealth of useful tips and research relevant to early years, including FREE booklets on the following: Introduction to physical activity in the early years, Planning and organisation for early years managers, Getting the best from your environment, Getting children involved and Getting parents and carers involved.
- Sun safety – have a look at these FREE Sunshine Sam resources from Boots.
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:
Physical Development (PDF428KB)