During the early years, physical activity impacts on children’s health and plays a key role in development, including building strong muscles and bones, developing a strong heart, and optimising brain development.
Please find some useful documents to use in your setting to improve best practice, and also to share with parents/carers in order to effectively promote physical activity.
- Physical activity guidelines - a resource for settings to support with the right amount of physical activity to benefit health and development for children who are walking
- Physical activity guidelines - a resource for settings to support with the right amount of physical activity to benefit health and development for children who are not walking
- The importance of physical activity in the early years poster
- Physical activity for early years poster
- Sedentary behaviour in the early years poster
- TV tips - a 10 point plan for parents/carers with young children regarding TV time and communication
- Indoor play ideas - a leaflet with useful tips and ideas for parents to make play active and fun at home
- Outdoor play ideas - a leaflet with useful tips and ideas for parents to make play active and fun outdoors
- Ready- Steady- Go information for parents
- Outdoor provision for settings - experience ideas and resources to support outdoor learning experiences
- Early years physical activity level info for staff
- Early years: Practical strategies for promoting physical activity
- Messy play ideas - ideas for parents and practitioners to develop messy play
- Help your child move and play every day information for parents
- Start4Life has a range of tools and ideas to help get children under three years old more active. For further information visit www.nhs.uk/start4life/pages/baby-moves
- NHS Choices is the country's biggest health website and provides information to allow people to make choices about their health. For NHS Choices' information about physical activity in the early years visit www.nhs.uk/livewell/fitness/pages/physical-activity-guidelines-for-children
- MECC: Signposting to local services and online support
Think Child Think Family
If you have any concerns around a child's physical activity or physical development please find a range of useful contacts in our Think Child Think Family document, which can be printed and displayed in your setting.