This are of learning is divided into 2 areas:
- Moving and Handling
- Health and Self Care
At OEYC your child will be learning to:
- Move in lots of different ways with enjoyment and confidence
- Play with a variety of objects – learning how they move or “work”
- Make marks on paper using paint (with fingers, hands, brushes, rollers, printer etc.), pens, chalk, pencil
- Become independent with toileting and self-care when appropriate for them
- Use scissors and other simple tools
How can parents and carers help?
- All children need fresh air, exercise and a way of letting off steam. Try to provide opportunities for your child to run, jump, hop, roll, throw, hit, balance, lift, carry.
- Visit playgrounds and make use of the apparatus regularly and watch them gain in confidence and control.
- Try to walk to places, rather than always using the car or buggy.
- Develop their fine motor skills and hand control. There are many muscles that need to be developed before your child will be able to control a pencil effectively.
- Provide opportunities to paint, colour, scribble as well as draw. Try to work inside at a table and outside in the garden. Chalking on the pavement and a bucket of water with a large brush can provide hours of fun!
- Roll, cut, squash, play with dough and plasticine.
- Thread beads, build with construction sets, dress dolls – all of these help to develop their hand control.
- Buy a pair of round-ended scissors and let them cut and stick paper and pictures from catalogues.
- Find ways of fixing together two boxes when making a model, glue, sellotape, masking tape?
- Try to let your child experiment and discover for themselves and then make suggestions and assist them.
- Allow your child to undress and then dress themselves. Teach them how to put on their coat and velcro shoes.
- Allow your child to make their own sandwich, help you prepare the dinner, set the table.
- Talk about healthy foods whilst at shopping.
- Opt for healthy fruits and snacks!