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Supporting Physical Development In Young Children Critical For Learning – Research

Physical activity is undertaken in schools mainly as a non-core health project. But new research finds it is absolutely critical for learning. Megan Lucas explains.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on young children’s health and physical development. For example, following the partial school closures, Ofsted14 reported some children were unable to hold a pencil, when they had previously been able to do this successfully. Similarly, 73 per cent of teachers responding to a national survey in autumn 2020 said they were concerned about the physical development of young children in their school3.

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