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Physical Activity and Young Children

Date: June 14, 2018 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blog

Physical activity and young children.

By Miss Cass

 

As a Health and Well Being Advocate, I am very passionate about getting or young children moving. There are so many tips, tricks and recommendations that we are given it’s easy to brush them aside.

 

• For Infants (under 1 year) it is recommended that they are given as much floor based play as possible. This can include tummy time, reaching, pushing, pulling, etc.

• For Toddlers (1-2 years) it is recommended that there is 3 hours of physical play with bursts of energetic play spread throughout the day.

• For Pre-schoolers (3-5) The recommendation has changed to 3 hours with at least 60 minutes of energetic play spread throughout the day.

 

This time may include structured play, intentional teaching and of course, free play where adventure awaits. There are many health benefits to being physically active not to mention the endorphins released when we are moving.

The benefits of being physically active include the promotion of growth and development, the support of strong bones, improved strength, co-ordination and flexibility, improved concentration, enhanced self esteem and stress relief.

At Handprints St Ives we promote an environment which caters to all ages and abilities. We foster a non competitive environment which supports and encourages all children to participate. We work along side “Munch and Move” a Government Health Initiative where we teach the Fundamental Movement Skills other wise know as the foundation sport skills needed for more complex activities later in life.

Physical activity linked with good nutrition, hydration and rest will benefit your child’s overall well being. By role modelling healthy habits early on we are setting our children on the right path to happy healthy lives.