Why is physical activity important?
Research indicates that regular physical activity in the early years provides immediate and long-term benefits for physical and psychological well-being.
Regular physical activity is essential in developing motor skills, promoting healthy weight, bone development and enhances children’s social skills
(Department of Health, 2011)
Physical activity outcomes of the programme
- Regular, planned physical activity sessions
- Staff are up to date with guidelines for physical activity in young children
- Staff are able to plan appropriate and safe physical activity sessions for children of all developmental stages
- Children are encouraged to be active and sedentary activities are minimised.
- Physical activity sessions involve adult interaction
- Evidence of a detailed record with evaluations of all physical activity sessions
The guidelines for physical activity from the Department of Health can be accessed via the link below:
The British Heart Foundation has produced practical guidelines for physical activity in the Early Years setting, the Healthy Under 5s standards for physical activity have been based on these.
BHF guidelines for non walkers
BHF guidelines for walkers