12 Introduction not be sedentary for more than 60 minutes at a time, except when
sleeping. 3. Preschoolers should be encouraged to develop competence in
fundamental motor skills that will serve as the building blocks for
future motor skillfulness and physical activity.
4. Preschoolers should have access to indoor and outdoor areas that
meet or exceed recommended safety standards for performing
5. Caregivers and parents in charge of preschoolers’ health and
well-being are responsible for understanding the importance of
physical activity and for promoting movement skills by providing
opportunities for structured and unstructured physical activity.
(AAHPERD 2009, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17)
NAEYC offers Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation Pro-
grams. Among those standards met by Preschoolers & Kindergartners are the
following: • Standard 1a: Knowing and understanding young children’s charac-
teristics and needs.
• Standard 1b: Knowing and understanding the multiple influences
on development and learning.
• Standard 1c: Using developmental knowledge to create healthy,
respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments.
• Standard 3b: Knowing about and using observation, documenta-
tion, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches.
• Standard 4a: Understanding positive relationships and supportive
interactions as the foundation of their work with children.
• Standard 4b: Knowing and understanding effective strategies and
tools for early education.
• Standard 4c: Using a broad repertoire of developmentally appropri-
ate teaching/learning approaches.
• Standard 5a: Understanding content knowledge and resources in