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. This work focuses on developing children’s motor skills and is based on more than 30 years of research evidence in the field. The programme has gained national recognition as a recommendation in the Welsh Government Health and Social Care and Sport Committee report on Physical Activity of Children and Young People. You can see Dr Wainwright speak about the importance of movement and respond to the publication of the report on our media page. The SKIP-Cymru work has also been highlighted as a case study for the Journey to a Healthier Wales support materials for the Well being of Future Generations Act. This work has gained international recognition with Dr Wainwright delivering key note lectures at the International Physical Literacy conference in Toronto and Changing the Game conference in Sweden. Published research evidence shows the rationale for the development of SKIP-Cymru and also evidence of the impact of this work in Wales