The Magic of Movement
Our little ones need to develop fundamental movement skills in the first 5 years of life. Without this there is a risk of young children experiencing developmental delays in all areas of life. At Early Years Education we encourage extensive outdoor and indoor activity through interactive play and physical activity on play equipment.
Movement develops healthy brains, healthy minds and facilitates the socio-cultural development of everyone.
Everyday at Early Years Education we actively dance with our children to encourage physical activity even when we are inside.
We know that some of the things that can occur if our children lack movement in the first two years of life are:
- delayed motor development
- poor co-ordination/ balance
- tendency to be easily distracted, lack concentration
- language problems
- emotional immaturity
- motion sickness
- reading problems
- aggressive behaviour.
At Early Years Education we proactively encourage a whole range of activities that promote movement.
Movement affects everything in a child from their capacity to sit up for long periods of time, to holding a pencil, to learning social skills to regulating their emotions.
Research shows that exercise and physical activity increase the levels of serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine, which are crucial neurotransmitters that traffic thoughts and emotions right throughout the whole body.
Effectively exercise has a profound impact on cognitive abilities and mental health — indeed it is simply one of the best treatments we have for most psychiatric problems. Not only that, physical exercise makes the blood pump through the body and stimulates the brain to work much more efficiently and soundly.