Physical Development: An Introduction
Infant and toddler physical development includes the physical and motor skills that emerge during the first three years of life. These skills and abilities affect connections with other people, objects, and the environment. This lesson will further define physical development of infants and toddlers, as well as offer an opportunity to think about the importance of physical development for infants, toddlers, and adults.
Physical Developmental Milestones
Young children rapidly grow, develop and achieve important milestones between birth and age 3, creating the foundation for later growth. Physical development is one domain of infant and toddler development. It relates to changes, growth and skill development of the body, including development of muscles and senses. This lesson will introduce developmental milestones in addition to influences on early physical growth and development.
Supporting Physical Development: Environments and Experiences
Physical development provides infants and toddlers with skills and abilities to explore and interact with the world around them. A supportive environment for infants and toddlers is one that is safe and interesting while encouraging this essential movement and exploration. This lesson will provide information on ways to create environments and experiences to support ongoing infant and toddler physical growth and development.
Supporting Physical Development: Routines
Understanding physical developmental milestones and how to support development throughout the day is an important part of the curriculum for infant and toddler programs. This lesson will provide information on ways infant and toddler caregivers can support ongoing physical growth and development within daily routines.
Promoting Active Lifestyles
Caring for infants and toddlers takes great energy and is physically demanding. This lesson will offer further opportunities to think about the ways caregivers can take care of themselves physically in an effort to provide the best care for infants and toddlers. The lesson will also share perspectives for encouraging healthy habits for infants, toddlers, and their families.