The children have really embraced our new movement play area. We have added this to our setting as we feel it is really important for children to be able to have access to a safe space where they can progress in their physical development at all times, just as much as having access to all other areas of the curriculum such as maths and literacy.
Babies and young children move all the time because it helps them to build both their body and their brain. Lots of skills in their lives are helped by the movement play they love so much. (www.jabadao.org)
It also helps the children with boundaries, they independently take their shoes off to play and it teaches them about turn-taking – they know that only three children can use the movement area at one time. They also learn to negotiate space safely and be respectful of others.