Children need good gross and fine motor skills. Children who have good physical skills are in a good place to be independent for example putting on and fastening coats, putting on painting aprons, cutting etc. Children have daily access to the outside area allowing opportunities to develop gross motor skills in a wide range of activities. They also take part in PE sessions where specific skills are taught. Provision is made daily to support developing fine motor control such as cutting activities, games using tweezers, using construction equipment to build models, writing, threading etc. Children also take part in handwriting activities tailored to suit their differing needs.
There are two Early Learning Goals within this area:
Moving and handling: Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.
Health and self care: Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.