Physical development in the early years: The impact of a daily movement programme on young children's physical development

Pat Preedy, Rebecca Duncombe, Trish Gorely

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Abstract

Poor physical development in young children has been shown to impact readiness for school, behaviour, social development and academic achievement. This research sought to explore whether a physical intervention programme (Movement for Learning) can improve children’s physical development. The Movement Assessment Battery for Children (2nd edition, MABC-2) was used to assess 108 children (aged 4–5) from three schools in the UK at the start and end of the Reception Year (4–5 years). A monitoring and evaluation survey was completed by 37 teachers which highlighted ways in which the programme had impacted children. Univariate ANOVA using change scores showed significant changes in favour of the intervention group who had undertaken the movement programme
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalEducation 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education
Volume50
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2020

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