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Physical Development

Physical development and the EYFS

Physical development is one of the three prime areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Each prime area is divided into Early Learning Goals, for physical development these are:

  1. Moving and handling - skills enabling children to show good control and coordination in large and small movements. Children are able to handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

  2. Health and self care - children knowing the importance of good health which includes physical exercise and a healthy diet. Children are able to manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.

Dough Disco Nursery


Dough Disco is a series of fine muscle exercises that were invented by Shonette Bason Wood. We employ these 'moves' in our nursery to help children strengthen their hands so they are ready to write.

Fingers are one of the last things that the body controls, so with a Dough Disco session a child's brain learns to control the fingers a lot quicker. It has no age limit because fine muscle needs exercise just like gross muscles. Each child has a pot of Disco dough, we choose a tune and practise our' Dough Disco' moves!