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Why movement is important for the youngest children and how settings can best provide opportunities to practise it. By Carol Archer

Supporting the physical development of children in their first year does not require specialist equipment, explains a new book by the Pre-school Learning Alliance

Embracing risky play gives children the chance to push themselves to their limits, with physical, emotional and educational benefits, explains Annette Rawstrone

Nursery World spoke to physical development expert Carol Archer about what needs to change within the current EYFS framework to encourage a more research-based approach to children’s physical development. By Charlotte Goddard

The split between Prime and Specific areas is valid, provided practitioners understand how they inter-relate, says Jan Dubiel

Julie Mountain provides some tips for helping children develop the muscles in their upper body

Woodwork is a highly engaging activity for young children that encourages persistence and self-esteem, writes Pete Moorhouse

Developing toddlers’ balance and co-ordination is a priority at one setting in the US, writes Claire Martin

Children enjoy helping adults assemble furniture and equipment, and such construction projects have many benefits, writes Penny Tassoni

Physical development and music go hand in hand, and the key to success is variety, explains Linda Pound in the second part of this series