"I'm gaining confidence using a tablet, keyboard and mouse.
I need to concentrate on small movements and using my eyes
on the screen at the same time."
Many children entering Early Years settings are already familiar with tablet devices, although their ability to use a keyboard and mouse is often limited. This has recently become a more significant issue, due to the prevalence of tablet devices in the home. It is therefore important that children are given opportunities to become familiar with a range of input devices, including the keyboard and mouse, in order to develop the required fine motor skills.
We plan to provide a variety of options to help children to develop their fine motor and co-ordination skills; for example in phonics sessions, such as through the use of drill and practice games, including Dance Mat Typing or the Animal Typing app, or more creative outcomes, as described when examining the areas below.