Special Issue "Physical Activity and Motor Competence in Preschool Children"

A special issue of Children (ISSN 2227-9067). This special issue belongs to the section "Global and Public Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Vladimir Martínez-Bello
Guest Editor
Department of Teaching of Musical, Visual and Corporal Expression, University of Valencia, Spain; Body, movement, music and curricular practices-COS research group, University of Valencia, Spain
Interests: physical activity in the early childhood education context; physical education; direct observation
Dr. Isaac Estevan
Guest Editor
Department of Teaching of Musical, Visual and Corporal Expression, University of Valencia, Spain;
Physical activity and health promotion-AFIPS research group, University of Valencia, Spain;
AFIPS research group, University of Valencia, Spain.
Interests: motor competence; fundamental motor skills; motor development
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Early childhood is a key period in the construction of healthy life habits that affect the knowledge of children’s possibilities for action, and different synergies are generated among physical activity, actual and perceived motor competence, etc., which, when expressed in each of the different contexts in which children participate, challenge the teaching and scientific community to question their role in promoting a better quality of life for children. Thus, with the aim to increase scientific knowledge of the study of positive practices in and out the physical education setting, in this Special Issue, we are interested in systematic evaluation of physical activity and motor competence, as well as the identification of policies and programs, the role of families, teachers and practitioners, all of which have an impact on preschool children’s knowledge of themselves and their movement possibilities.

Dr. Vladimir Martínez-Bello
Dr. Isaac Estevan
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Children is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • physical activity
  • preschool children
  • early childhood education
  • motor competence
  • self-perception
  • fundamental motor skills
  • motor development

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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