Full Title:Early Childhood: Physical Activity
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:EDUC N7018
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 2 - 2018/19 ( February 2019 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to plan, implement and evaluate safe and effective physical activity sessions for young children in line with the Aistear theme of Well-being.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Assess the importance of regular participation in physical activity in early childhood.
  2. Outline the safety precautions necessary to provide a secure and safe environment for exercise and play.
  3. Examine the physiological effects of physical activity on children.
  4. Plan and deliver safe, effective and child-centered physical activity sessions to develop physical fitness and motor ability in children.
  5. Evaluate the effectiveness of physical activity programmes and policies aimed at developing physical fitness and motor ability in children.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The role of physical activity in early childhood
What is physical activity?; The benefits of physical activity in the context of a healthy lifestyle; components of physical fitness; recommended participation guidelines for young children; barriers to regular participation; physical activity in the context of Aistear – the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework
Promoting physical activity in a safe environment
Creating a safe and supportive environment for exercise and play; risk assessment; health screening; child protection; adapting physical activities for children with disabilities and special needs
Physical Activity: Current policies and models of best practice
Future directions in promoting physical activity; investigating the effectiveness of national and international initiatives aimed at increasing physical activity levels
Development of the child
Physical and physiological growth and development; motor skill development; personal and social development; factors affecting growth and development
Exercise, play and physical activities for early childhood
A range of activities to develop basic motor skills, spatial awareness, coordination and control, aiming/estimating/predicting; Buntus Start Programme; active play
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment Students will be required to plan two physical activity sessions (one indoor AND one outdoor) for a group of pre-school aged children and deliver this session in a workplace setting. Students will then be required to evaluate the physical activity sessions. 1,2,3,4,5 50.00 0 0 n/a 0
Performance Evaluation Students will be required to design a physical activity session suitable for delivery in an early childhood setting. As part of the process they will be required to reflect on current PA guidelines and policies. 1,2,3,4,5 50.00 100 40 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.
Reassessment Description
Reassessment may include: 1). Submission of a project in which students will be required to design a physical activity session suitable for delivery in an early childhood setting and/or 2). Completion of a practical exam in which students will plan, deliver and evaluate a physical activity session suitable for early childhood.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

This course has no Full Time workload.
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Classroom based learning 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical Activity based learning 3.00 Once per semester 0.20
Independent Study No Description 5.00 Every Week 5.00
Directed Reading No Description 2.50 Every Week 2.50
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.70
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.20
Recommended Book Resources
  • Donnelly, F. C., Mueller, S. S., & Gallahue, D. L. 2016, Developmental Physical Education for All Children: Theory into Practice, 5th Ed., Human Kinetics, IL. [ISBN: ISBN 97814504]
  • Payne, G. V., & Isaacs, L. D. 2016, Human Motor Development: A Lifespan Approach,, Routledge, NY. [ISBN: [ISBN: 97813]
  • Zachopoulou, E., Pickup, I., Tsangaridou, N. and Liukkonen, J. 2010, Early Steps Physical Education Curriculum, Human Kinetics Champaign, IL. [ISBN: 13: 9780736075398]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Virgilio, S. 2012, Fitness Education for Children, 2nd Ed., Human Kinetics Champaign, IL. [ISBN: 13: 9781450402552]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Pediatric Exercise Science
  • Iivonen, S., Sääkslahti, A.K. 2014, Preschool children's fundamental motor skills: a review of significant determinants, Early Child Development and Care, 184:7, 1107
  • Duncan, M., Cunningham, A., & Eyre, E 2017, A combined movement and story-telling intervention enhances motor competence and language ability in pre-schoolers to a greater extent than movement or story-telling alone, European Physical Education Review, 1–15
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NNAEC_7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Studies 6 Mandatory