Evidence of Need
Children need to move from birth for good health and development. If they sit too long we will see significant problems that continue with children’s health, development, and wellbeing throughout childhood into adulthood.
If children don’t develop the basic movements and physical attributes through early childhood they are at risk of delays in their physical, social and emotional development.
We are seeing more children that need a foundation of physical development and access to play to maintain good health, make a good level of development and be ready to learn as they transition into primary school.
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Impact to Date
The Healthy Movers approach has been effective at increasing children’s physical, emotional and social development as a foundation for improving language, communication and literacy. This was recently recognised in the Department for Education Opportunity Area Guide to Early Years with a case study on our work in West Somerset and in our delivery in the southwest.
40% improvement in physical development
10% improvement in communication and language skills
11% improvement in personal, social, emotional development
23% improvement in literacy skills
18% improvement in mathematics skills
Based on Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole Healthy Movers Evaluation 2022.