Gross motor skills describes physical development using ‘big movements’ starting with small babies rolling over and moving on as they grow to being able to run, jump and hop.
Most children by the time they start in reception enjoy being physically active. You probably see how much your child enjoys getting out and has a lot of energy. Your child will enjoy playing on the equipment at the park.
Most children will run, hop on one foot and be able to kick, throw and sometimes catch a ball.
They should be able to safely manage going up and downstairs.
The best way to help your child build on these skills is to give them plenty of opportunity to practice them.
The advice is that children this age should have three hours of physical activity over 24 hours. This will give them the chance to build confidence and skills as well as helping them keep healthy and get into good habits.
• Get out and about in big spaces when you can where your child can run, jump and climb safely.
• Join in with them; take a ball along to play with. When you join in you set a good example and your child will enjoy it much more.
• Walk whenever you can. Let your child balance on low walls (holding a hand to begin with) Jump in puddles, Hop along on one leg. It will give them confidence and makes a walk to the shops more fun!
• Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep too so that they have the energy to be active.
If you are worried that your child is really struggling with these physical skills speak to their nursery first. If your child is not at nursery, or you are still worried contact our services on the details below. You can talk to a health professional for advice and support.