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The freedom to explore certain types of movement is vital for both physical and mental development.Carol Archer and Professor Iram Siraj explain.

The benefits of 'tummy time' are well documented, but many babies spend too little time playing in this way. Andrea Vaughan explains how her setting has been working to increase parent awareness.

The importance placed on children's physical health is very much shaped by a society's wider priorities. Dr Lala Manners compare approaches in different countries around the globe.

Settings based on outdoor learning are growing in popularity - and providing focused, creative provision inspired by their individual environments. Nicole Weinstein takes a look at some of the different approaches on offer around the UK and the benefits for children.

How much physical activity do under-fives need? Public Health England offers some guidance

Digital technology has helped to increase sedentary behaviour among children, but it can also be used to encourage physical activity, says Dr Lala Manners.

New Zealand-based child development expert Gill Connell speaks to Anne O'Connor about the importance of a healthy 'movement diet' in young children's development and warns against its apparent neglect.

Some settings are making blocks an important part of their provision - and opening up new opportunities for learning and development as a result. Marianne Sargent explains.

How can settings support the development of small hand movements? Nicole Weinstein advises.

How should the 'areas of need' in the Special Education Needs and Disability Code of Practice be considered in relation to the prime areas of learning? Kay Mathieson explains.