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Physical and intellectual activities for Early years children.

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Unit 5 - Activities and well being A01 In my assignment I have chosen to carry out my activities in an early year setting, there are a range of activities that I can choose from when linking with this certain age group with young children; the setting I have chosen to work at is Wallace Road Nursery. In this assignment I will need to write about the types of activities suitable for this service user group. I will also need to consider what the benefits of these are including consideration of safety while carrying out the activity. I will particularly be looking at the four main areas of children's needs these are: Physical needs Intellectual needs Emotional needs Social needs Early childhood is a time of tremendous growth and development for children in every way: physical, intellectual, emotional and social. When looking at well-being and linking it with the activities that I have chosen, I can see that this will develop the physical needs of the children as well as make them happy, well being is a term which describes happiness in addition to being able to do something that you enjoy and can stimulate you as a person. Activities will stimulate children at this age group and keep their bodies and minds active which I think is very important particularly for a child at this age who is just beginning their development. There are usually 6 ways taken to measure the well- being of children, these consist health and safety, education, peer and family relationships, behaviours and risks. Physical needs Whilst looking at the physical need of children and linking it to my chosen age group. I can see how important it is for children to keep stimulated and moving because this is very important for them especially because their bodies have just started to develop. Not exercising or playing in free times will not allow their physical development to increase. ...read more.

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Why I rejected some of the activities Out of the 4 examples above I have chosen to carry out an emotional activity. This will be creating a collage using colourful materials and resources. The reason why I have chosen to do this activity is that it will be a great way for the children to socialise and it will also help develop their fine motor skills. I decided not to carry out the 'exercise' activity for physical needs because although it is very important for the children to keep stimulated I thought the children would enjoy doing a much more creative activity. Also the nursery did not have enough 'space' for the children to carry out such an activity as it was packed with a variety of other games suitable for that age. I chose not to do the intellectual activity as I thought that the children would much rather prefer doing something that involved more creativeness. The activity that I have decided to carry out will help develop fine motor skills just as much as the creative writing activity might have done. Drama was also a very nice way for the children to socialise however there was not enough space to do the activity and also the children seemed to prefer activities which involved the use of colour. I used the 'Stepping Stones' through out the activity. These show the knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes that children need to learn during the foundation stage in order to achieve the early learning goals. The children showed curiosity, some of the children spent a long time designing their collage. They showed independency whilst carrying out the activities, as for some of the children they felt more comfortable working on there collage on their own rather then asking for help and they seemed quite happy with this. Ao2 Creative Art I have chosen this particular activity as I feel that the children will be able to express their feelings about the mood they are in and what they are feeling through making the collage. ...read more.

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It helped them to share their own ideas as thoughts as well as developing existing skills. At the end of the activity we looked at the work that had been done. This made the children emotionally happy as this made them feel more confident. I felt that the activity went really well however I could have improved the activity by having visual stimulus, this could have not been more use of resources such as books or toys linked with the activity. This might have made the activity a little bit more interesting; however the response to the activity was really good. My strengths I feel were communicating with the children, which I thought went really well. I really enjoyed doing this and I also thought that the children did because if a child was upset or if they needed support in anything they came did come for help. Whereas my communication skills with the teachers I felt was not so good. I was slightly nervous when I first entered the nursery. However as I had already worked at the placement before, I gradually gained that confidence whilst working with the children. This placement did benefit me while doing my course work. Also this helped me communicate more with others. Throughout the whole experience I felt I gained more confidence so now it is much easier for me to talk with people I don't know, next time I feel I will be much better. The teacher's response was very good and positive. I felt that she enjoyed me working there. She said that I was confident while doing the activity and I used my initiative when doing the activity. She said that the ability to undertake the activity was very good. She was also very pleased with my attitude and the way I respected the teachers and other adults around. She added that I was quite but very confident. She also said that I cared for the classroom equipment and I had a good level of maturity. Bibliography Throughout this assignment I have put numbers in brackets, next to key terms/skills or definitions. ...read more.

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