A young child crawls over a pale blue rug.

Parents, grandparents, family and guardians can all have an important role in supporting children’s physical development.

Did you know?

Good movement and play in the early years are important for brain development

When you see your young baby trying to move and reach for things around them, they are making connections in their brain. If you make sure that your baby has lots of good play and movement when they are very young, this will help then to learn to read and write and work out their maths as they get older.

Movement and play in the early years are important for developing balance

Even from birth a baby is beginning to learn to balance. We need to give babies tummy time for short periods of time throughout every day so that they learn to lift and control their head and starts linking their balance system with their brain. As children get older, they like to hang, climb, swing and run about, this is helping them to work out how they control their body in relation to gravity. We need good balance to be able to stand, walk, run, and even sit still.

Movement and play in the early years are important for developing strength

Babies start to develop a stronger neck and back in tummy time, they develop stronger core muscles when they learn to sit up and crawl and when they can work their balance, core strength and leg strength together they learn to stand and walk.

Movement and play in the early years are important for developing co-ordination

When your baby starts to sit up and then crawl, they are learning to use different parts of their body together. As they learn to co-ordinate their bodies by moving and playing they can learn to walk and run, pick up objects like balls and bats and play games.

When children spend lots of time in car seats, bouncy chairs, and push chairs they are not getting the movement and play they need. When we let them spend lots of time on screens, we are stopping their development.

Research shows us that most young children now have delays in their physical development, this can affect language development, confidence and academic performance.

UWTSD in partnership with MiniMovers Ltd have created an APP for parents to support their children’s physical development. Go to Mini Movers for more information.