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Fine motor skills is one of the two aspects of physical development, one of the three prime areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Children are expected to reach the early learning goal at the end of the EYFS in the reception year at primary school.

All staff need to be confident of their role in developing children’s understanding of this area of learning and development whatever the age of the children they work with. It is important to remember that different approaches are appropriate for different ages of children and different children will progress in their understanding at different rates.

Aims and outcomes

Participants will:

  • know the early learning goal in relation to fine motor skills
  • understand how to interact with children to develop their fine motor skills
  • know what resources will support children in becoming proficient in their fine motor skills
  • gain confidence in planning for this area of learning and development for children of different ages and stages.

Unit content

Step 1: Introduction (5–10 minutes)
Step 2: Ideas to support the goal (10–15 minutes)
Step 3: Plan an activity (5–10 minutes)

Unit content

Unit 7: Physical development: fine motor skills