In Wales the play based Foundation Phase is a great curriculum that means children have lots of opportunities for moving in their learning. However children don’t just magically learn all the skills they need. There are certain skills that need to be taught, and these skills are also the ones that are needed to play many of the games and sports throughout life that means they can be active and healthy.
We know from many years of research that if very young children move a lot they will be better movers. But as they get a little older, have good balance and are able to move independently they need to be taught how to move well. If we teach children to move well they will develop the confidence and motivation to move even more. This lays the foundations for a life of physical activity and better mental and physical health.