Putting the spotlight on gross motor skills

Nicola Parker YPO Buyer Early Years

Within the first 18 months of a child’s life there is a huge emphasis on the development of essential gross motor skills – from supporting their own heads to taking those momentous first steps. These skills mark notable milestones which are hugely celebrated by parents and carers.

As children grow, they continue to discover and refine these whole-body movements through their play and it’s essential that this is embraced and encouraged. In this article our early years buyer Nicola shares some advice on developing gross motor skills, exploring the impact that they have on other areas of a child’s development.

with lots of opportunities to learn and test new skills, especially when it comes to physical development. Working to achieve simple activities will help them build resilience as they practice, and also give them a huge boost of self-confidence when they succeed, preparing them to tackle any new challenges that come their way.


develop both physical and social skills. Through working together as a team to achieve a goal, children will learn how to show consideration and respect for others. It will also enable them to get to grips with managing their emotions whether they win or lose.


Challenge them Children will flourish in environments


Encourage teamwork Sports and games are great ways to

the minute they get up in the morning. By harnessing this energy and using it positively for physical activities, you can improve their behaviour and phycological wellbeing. A positive start with physical activities also generally leads to children being more active as they grow older, which has huge health benefits.


Help them do it on their own

A child’s desire to become more independent is a natural part of growing up – whether it’s feeding themselves, getting dressed or climbing in and out of bed. The ability to achieve many of these tasks relies on coordination, body awareness and strength; skills which can all be developed and refined through simple gross motor skill activities.

Harness their energy Children are full of energy, usually from


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