Physical Literacy Resources

Physical Literacy: An Early Childhood Paradox examines early childhood educators attitudes, knowledge, and support for incorporating physical literacy into their child care programming. 

June 2014 

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The Apple Model is used to spread awareness of physical literacy and active play in the early years.       

A webinar hosted by ParticipACTION and delivered by Dr. Dawne Clark 

Physical literacy and early years   

Brain Development and Physical Literacy 

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Brain Development“Active for Life is the place where parents go to learn about how to make a difference in the health and happiness of their children. Research shows there’s a right way and a right time to develop the fundamental movement and sport skills that benefit kids for their entire lives. Learning these basic movement and sports skills is known as becoming physically literate” (Active for Life, 2014). The following articles have been written by Dr. Dawne Clark sharing information relating early brain development to the development of physical literacy in children: 

A Hop, Skip and a Jump; Enhancing Physical Literacy & Physical Activity in Preschool Aged Children                                   

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The 2nd Edition of “Hop Skip and Jump ” is a great resource for parents, caregivers and professional to use to encourage active play in children. The 2nd Edition of “Hop, Skip and a Jump” can be purchased at Mount Royal’s Bookstore today 

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) guidelines state that preschool aged children should get at least 60 minutes of structured physical activity a day as well as 60 plus minutes of unstructured physical activity.Young children learn by doing, and “active play” or “physical literacy” includes both structured and unstructured activities.  Activities should be designed to build the child’s physical literacy development.

Physical Activity in Preschool Aged Children 

Our society is facing many significant problems relating to inactivity, poor health, and obesity among our children. This project is in the process of examining the levels of physical activity for preschool children in Calgary and has been through four different phases. 

Did your child get 60 minutes of active play today? Here are some ideas for spring activities, outdoor summer and indoor summer activities, fall activities, and indoor winter and outdoor winter activities to help kids get the physical activity they need!   

Active Play and Physical Literacy Everyday! (The APPLE Model)  

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Many parents and early childhood educators feel they can’t help their children with physical literacy because they don’t have appropriate education or the skills themselves. That’s the beauty of pursuing physical literacy through active play. The APPLE Model (Active Play and Physical Literacy Everyday!) shows how closely the concepts of physical literacy align with active play. Physical literacy forms the core of the apple. It can be developed through active play as represented by the skin of the apple: curiosity, exploration, repetition to mastery, and confidence. As children move around the cycles, they gain confidence and competence, become more willing to challenge themselves, develop mastery, and are eager to move around the cycle again and again.

Accreditation of Early Learning and Child Services 

The Alberta Child Care Accreditation Program (ACCAP) Quality Standards or the Alberta Out-of-School Care Program (AOSCAP) Quality Standards, is where physical activities standards have been set for Day Care Centres, Family Day Home Agencies, and Out-Of-School Care program.