Submission for National Children’s Nurseries Associations Conference 2011

24 Jan 2011

Submission for National Children’s Nurseries Associations Conference 2011


“Learning to Move, Moving to learn”


Development and Delivery of Fundamental Movement Skill Programmes for Pre-School Children: a collaborative initiative between Sports Studies and Physical Education, School of Education, UCC;  Health Action Zone,  Nth Cork, (HSE) and The Glen Resource and Leisure Centre, The Glen, Cork.

Wright and Sugden (1999) indicated the importance of promoting the “learning to move, moving to learn” concept among children with and without disabilities.  Further, Jones (1998) and other have driven the agenda of early intervention to promote quality learning among children.  The mastery of fundamental motor skills (FMS) among children and adolescents through quality physical education is a potentially important contribution to satisfying participation in sports, games, and other physical activities (Booth Okely T, McLellan L, Phongsavan P, Macaskill P, Patterson J, et al.  1999). Fundamental gross motor skills provide a foundation for later sport-specific movement skills, and are well accepted as building blocks for participation in popular forms of sports and games. It is important for children to develop neuromuscular coordination and to learn complex and advanced sport skills. Fundamental motor skills can also enhance students’ interpersonal, cognitive, and emotional development (Jones & Jordan 1998).

In a collaborative initiative with Health Action Zone, (HSE, Nth Cork) and The Glen Resource and Leisure Centre, Undergraduate students of the B. Ed in Sports Studies and Physical Education Degree Programme participated in the design and delivery of FMS programmes to preschool children on a weekly basis for a 12 week period.  An initial examination of participating University students’ reflections indicated that the children actively engaged in the programme, with occasional 1: 1 tuition and FMS began from a preliminary stage of development and moved to that of initial stage while engaging in programmes with a combined psychomotor, cognitive and affective component. 

The students will showcase their programmes at a workshop at the National Children's Nurseries Association, Annual Conference in April.  These programmes will also be available on the Education, NCNA and HAZ websites in the near future.  CD-Roms of the programmes will be distributed at the conference.



Programme  and Module Coordinator: Susan Crawford Ph.D

School of Education

Scoil an Oideachais

Leeholme, O' Donovan's Road, Cork, Ireland