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Throwing, catching, kicking and batting are essential physical skills with social pluses, says Lala Manners.

Resources originally designed to support special educational needs can be beneficial for all young children, says Anne O'Connor.

Everything from household chores to tumbling heightens body awareness, explains Anne O'Connor.

Construction play is ideal for developing both gross and fine motor skills. Ruth Thomson provides a round-up of the building sets on offer.

Gross motor skills are the building blocks of cognitive development. Annette Rawstrone looks at resources to exercise large muscle groups.

A well-developed vestibular system leaves us feeling physically and emotionally balanced, but it needs to be trained through a range of particular movements, explains Nicole Weinstein

Fine motor skills, including how to hold a pencil, are all now within the goal 'Moving and handling'. Jan White suggests experiences to help children become increasingly dextrous.

Alternating actions on either sides of the body, like drumming or riding a wheeled toy, need to be encouraged. Annette Rawstrone explains why.

All aspects of Physical Development need to be catered for under the revised EYFS, says Jan White.

Splitting the areas of learning within the revised EYFS into Prime and Specific was widely welcomed within the sector, and winning all-round approval was the decision to make Physical Development one of the three Prime areas, along with Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language.

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