Section 9: Understanding how to manage an inclusive physical play activity session for children aged 2 – 5

Managing an inclusive physical play activity session will require many different skills from the leader to maintain control, aiming to keep all the children engaged and having fun.

It is also fair to assume the children you will be working with will all have different ideas as to what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour; therefore, the standards of behaviour which you expect within your session must be clearly set from the beginning. In the planning stages of an activity session, it is also important to consider how you will manage positive behaviour and disruptive behaviour and set out the disciplinary procedures for your setting and make parents aware of these. You should also consider what motivational techniques are suitable for children aged 2 – 5 years.

Observing and reacting to a situation in a professional manner also requires quick thinking and fundamental knowledge of recognising and dealing with behavioural difficulties, supporting less confident children and offering progression or regression activities for those who need it.

Finally, your communication at all times must be clear, fair and constructive when offering praise, guidance and support.

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