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Early years cognitive development is linked to physical activity

Posted: Nov 27, 2018
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In the same way that birds fly, fish swim and animals move, toddlers are designed to toddle. The joy on their faces, from the first steps a child takes, shows that they are indulging in the potential of their freedom of movement (albeit stumbling and tumbling at first). The abilities of biomechanica…

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All that the outdoors has to offer…

Posted: Oct 23, 2018
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There is a good reason why it is called the ‘great’ outdoors, and it is not just because of the vastness of everything outside. It is because the countryside, the fresh air, the freeness to move, run and play, and the human connection that we instinctively feel with nature is better for us than bein…

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Building confidence during the Imprint Years

Posted: Sep 18, 2018
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There have been a wide variety of studies and published psychologists’ opinions around the effects of early conditioning on young children – particularly when it comes to likes and dislikes, belief systems, and personality traits and characteristics. Some say the most impressionable times are 3-11 y…

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Active Children are Emotionally Stronger Children…

Posted: Aug 14, 2018
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There are lots of assumptions that it would be easy to make about exercise for young children. Most are dangerous and some could cause them irreparable damage for the rest of their lives. It would, for example, be wrong to assume that young children are full of beans anyway, so we should just let th…

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Enhancing the lives of the under fives

Posted: May 18, 2018
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According to the NHS website children under the age of five should not be inactive for long periods of time unless they are sleeping. Included in its ‘inactivity’ descriptions are watching TV, travelling in the car, being strapped in a buggy and other sedentary behaviours. Obviously, these cannot be…

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Teaching Time vs Preparation Time

Posted: Apr 05, 2018
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For most teachers, the time spent planning lessons and administrating their work massively outweighs the time they get to spend actually teaching children. It is one of those ‘chicken and egg’ or ‘having your cake and eating it’ scenarios which is a very real problem in the ultra-busy, modern world …

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Role play in early life plays a big role in later life!

Posted: Feb 23, 2018
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All children are born with an innate desire to play. Whether they are shy, outgoing, intellectual or deeply thoughtful by nature, after a few moments of play they will soon be lost in the moment. Studies show that play is an essential part of the way that most children, and even far into adulthood, …

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How do great teachers bring out the best in their pupils?

Posted: Jan 19, 2018
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Often when you hear world class athletes talk about their inspirations and influences they will cite a youth leader, a teacher from primary school or someone who ran their local sports club. We refer to our ‘formative years’ as such because things that happen at an early age can easily determine the…

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Are toddlers getting enough exercise?

Posted: Dec 06, 2017
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Anyone over the age of thirty will know, often through painful experience, that your body will begin encouraging you to slow down from here on in. Some try to resist the call of time, choosing to take up (or continue participating in) regular exercise to try and keep the extra weight away and put a …

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Physical skills can help with numeracy

Posted: Oct 18, 2017
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There is a research out there that physical skills can play a big role in contributing towards children’s growing understanding of numbers, shapes and more… Here are a few examples of how active lessons can help: 1, Using the whole body to count, e.g. hopscotch or jumping between stepping stones, …

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