LEAPS is funded by the Queensland Government and is delivered in Queensland via a partnership between QUT, NAQ & ACHPER QLD.
In some environments, outside space is often limited, making active play and physical activity difficult. These fact sheets provide some ideas for practicing locomotor, manipulative and non-locomotor (stability) fundamental movement skills in small spaces.
This fact sheet provides a list of ideas that can be substituted for active play equipment.
All children benefit from physical activity, as it provides a range of physical, social, cognitive and emotional benefits. This fact sheet outlines some of the many benefits physical activity provides.
Each child will demonstrate their learning in unique and varied ways. Including opportunities for physical activity and active play into your program will allow children to demonstrate a range of learning outcomes. This fact sheet provides some examples of evidence from the Early Years Learning Framework of learning outcomes related to physical activity and active play.
Non-locomotor skills enable children to maintain stability and control when in different positions and when moving. This fact sheet provides information about examples of non-locomotor skills; when you may see a child using these skills; developmental milestones of non-locomotor skills; and how opportunities can be created to develop non-locomotor skills.
Locomotor skills enable children to move through different environments. This fact sheet provides information about examples of locomotor skills; when you may see a child using these skills; developmental milestones of locomotor skills; and how opportunities can be created to develop locomotor skills.
Manipulative skills enable children to use objects to achieve an outcome. This fact sheet provides information about examples of manipulative skills; when you may see a child using these skills; developmental milestones of manipulative skills; and how opportunities can be created to develop manipulative skills.
Many children come from different backgrounds with different experiences and interests. This fact sheet provides some suggestions and resources that assist in promoting inclusion.
Children with a disability have the same right and need to participate in physical activity as any other children do. This fact sheet provides ideas and resources on how children with disabilities can participate in a range of unstructured movement activities that occur naturally within a regular day.
There is some evidence that participation in physical activity and development of gross motor skills are related to cognition, learning and behaviour in early childhood. See the recommended reading list in this fact sheet for further information on physical activity, learning and behaviour.
It is important to have a physical activity and screen time policy that outlines your service's goals and procedures. This fact sheet provides guidance and links to create a policy for your service.
While there are some risks associated with participation in physical activity, it is important to realise that there are benefits associated with these risks. This fact sheet provides information on risk management in relation to physical activity in the ECEC environment.
Children who spend large amounts of time watching a screen, are deprived from quality time away from social interactions and being physically active. This fact sheet provides information about why it is important to minimise the use of screen time.
Sleep is essential for a child’s overall health and development. Sleep is important for growth, hunger regulation, motor skill development, concentration levels and behaviour. Learn more about sleep for young children in this fact sheet.
Tummy time refers to the time a baby spends on their stomach while they are awake and supervised. Tummy time should make up a major part of baby’s floor play. This fact sheet outlines the benefits of tummy time and provides guidance on how to encourage tummy time for babies.