Cypop 4

CYPOP 4: Promote young children’s physical activity and movement skills.
Understand the importance of physical activity and the development of movement skills for young children’s development, health and well being.
By Sarah Hutson
4th November 2014

1.1.Explain why physical activity is important to the short and long term health and well-being of children.
Physical activity should be a part of every child's everyday routine. It is not only needed to promote a healthy lifestyle for the child but also his/her general well-being. By giving children opportunities to be physical in everyday life, you are helping them to have a greater understanding of the world and to encourage growth in other areas of development.
“Physical development is an essential ingredient in children’s overall development as it allows them to explore and thus learn about the world around them. The development of physical skills also helps children to become increasingly independent, for example, as they learn to feed and dress themselves. This independence helps children to become confident” – Penny Tassoni- Page 5.
There are many important factors of physical activity for children, with both long and short term effects. Some of the positive effects on long term well-being include having a lower risk of medical conditions, such as strokes, heart disease, cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. By being active and hopefully avoiding these medical conditions, you are likely to have a longer life span. While being physical in early years, this can help to form an enjoyment for being active and therefore this will help continue into adulthood; you usually find when talking to other adults, the ones who are keen to keep fit are adults who enjoyed physical education at school. Being physically active will help towards having a better quality of life, not only physically, but also reducing the risk of mental health illness and obesity, which is being increasingly more common.