Balance & Co-ordination



Handwriting, buttoning, drawing or using a knife and fork… your child’s hands can perform the most amazing array of tasks.

We take a look at how you can support the development of your child’s movement skills.

A lot of the time a child’s movement skills work in coordination with their eyes to serve a whole host of dexterity needs, such as dressing and feeding, running and climbing. In the Foundation Stage, there are stepping stones which focus on building up children’s skills and confidence in these types of movements. They develop hand-eye coordination skills through various smaller movement activities such as sewing or modelling, and provide for larger movements such as climbing frames and large construction activities. As your child progresses through the key stages, these skills will be reinforced.


When a child is able to control both sides of the body while sitting, standing, bending, walking, jumping, hopping or skipping, he has developed the skill of balancing.

They learn to perform the basic action in a fluid, agile manner. For most children, gross motor activities are enjoyable – they help to git rid of excess energy, relieve tension and exercise the muscles. Gross motor activities help the child to develop a strong and healthy body