Nursery World Online: Society’s technological drive at odds with child development

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Published: 11th September 2017
Category: Sally Goddard Blythe

“Cuts blamed for children lacking basic skills at school”

This week the  findings of a survey from 780  school leaders conducted in partnership with the Family and Childcare Trust has revealed that 83% of those questioned thought there was an issue with school readiness.   Of these,  86% thought that the issue had worsened in the last five years.  Around a quarter (24%) were reported as saying that more than half of their intake was not school ready.   Media reports have suggested that cuts are to blame for children lacking basic skills at school (I-Independent 6.9.17).

While cuts have contributed to reduction in services for pre-school children and parents, they are not the only reason for an increasing number of children starting school lacking basic communication and self-care skills.

Twelve years ago a study revealed that the motor skills of 48% of 5 -6 year olds and 35% of 8 – 9 year olds in the sample were immature and that there was a correlation between immature motor skills and lower educational performance.

Since that time we have also seen successive governments push parents to return to work and set targets for pre-school children in aspects of literacy and numeracy with little regard for the developmental needs and abilities of children in the vital pre-school years.

Added to this is an increasingly technology driven approach to living, at odds with young children’s primary biological needs for physical activity, experience and social engagement. Physical and social experience in real time and space are the building blocks for school readiness.  Increasingly, parents often do not have either the time, resources, or in some cases know, that real time engagement is an essential part of human development.

Technology and a “systems” drive approach to living is  squeezing the physical development of children.  Unless there is political and social will to embrace the biological and developmental needs of children within society we will continue to see an increase in the number of children entering school without the physical, communication and social tools necessary to cope with the demands of the classroom.







Published: 7th September 2017
Category: Sally Goddard Blythe

Early Years Web Summit

Early Years Web Summit

You can now sign up for the Free online Early Years Summit, focused on children’s physical development. Hear from specialists and experts around the world about the truly holistic nature of children’s physical development.

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Published: 18th August 2017
Category: Sally Goddard Blythe

Public Lecture – “Could do Better”

Public Lecture

“Could do Better”

Is your child bright but underachieving in the classroom?

Sally Goddard Blythe MSc (Psych), author and specialist in child development will explain: why some children fail to reach expectations; how to recognise signs of neuromotor immaturity, visual and auditory processing difficulties and what can be done to help

A growing body of evidence suggests that there is a rise in the number of children starting school with immature motor skills, which act as barriers to learning and undermine performance in the classroom.

Sally Goddard Blythe world renowned child development expert and author of a number of books on development and learning including:  Attention, Balance and Coordination – the A,B,C of Learning Success, Raising Happy Healthy Children and The Well Balanced Child, will explain how physical development supports learning, emotional functioning and behaviour and how immature neuromotor skills, visual and auditory processing difficulties can be common features in dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit disorder, under-achievement and behavioural problems.

The lecture will cover:

  • Signs and symptoms of immature motor skills
  • Links to education and behaviour
  • Why some children slip through the net of professional services
  • What can be done to help

The lecture is suitable for:

  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Health professionals
  • Psychologists

Sally Goddard Blythe is Director of The Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology (INPP) in Chester, which has pioneered research and methodology in assessing children’s neuromotor skills and developing effective remedial programmes.

Sally is the author of many books and numerous articles on the relationship between child development and learning.  She has lectured extensively around the world including to working groups on child well-being at the European Parliament and Westminster.

Places are limited.  If you would like to reserve a place in advance please contact INPP on 01244 311414 or  Further information can be found at:;

Published: 2nd August 2017
Category: Sally Goddard Blythe

Hawthorn Press – A Modern Fairy Tale by Sally Goddard Blythe

Published: 1st August 2017
Category: Sally Goddard Blythe

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