Babies and young children love being active and moving around freely. We learn more physical skills in our first five years than at any other time in our lives – so it is really important that young children have time to practice and develop these skills. If children learn to love being active when they are young, they are more likely to continue taking part in sport and physical activity when they are an adult.
Babies and young children can often be left sitting for long periods of time, for example in a high chair, car seat or watching TV. Sitting or lying still for long periods of time can be harmful as it can lead to health problems later on. It is important that we reduce the amount of time babies and young children are sedentary (sitting or lying still)…even babies before they can walk need practice movements such as reaching for and grasping objects, kicking and touching.
It is well documented that higher levels of physical activity in childhood can lead to continued participation in later life.
It is important to establish high levels of physical activity as early as possible to encourage children to stay active enough to benefit their health and to support continued interest and participation throughout adult life.
Our 'Let's Get Moving' leaflet for parents provides top tips and advice on how to encourage 0-5 year olds to be active in the home environment.
- Let's Get Moving Parent Leaflet (PDF, 5.3 Mb)
Physical activity tips and advice for 0-5 year olds
Family Activities and Sessions
There are local programme across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland that provide a range of activities and sessions suitable for families to take part in together. Click on the link below to find your relevant contact to find out what's available!
Healthy Tots - Let's Get Moving
The Healthy Tots Physical Activity Guide and supporting 'Lets Get Moving' cards have been developed by LRS and partners to support early years practitioners plan and coordinate appropriate physical activity play opportunities and environments for children under 5.
They will help practitioners work towards the Leicester-Shire Healthy Tots criteria for physical activity, in addition meeting requirements of various UK curriculums, particularly those relating to physical development within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The Lets Get Moving cards give practical ideas of what practitioners, parents and carers can do with each age group, from 0-3 months to pre-schoolers.
Purposeful Physical Play Training
For Early Years Practitioners
Join the movement to promote physical literacy
FREE training to enable you to promote and deliver effective purposeful play and physical development programmes to children aged 0-5 years.
What the training will offer you:
- On-going support from experts in the field
- Access to a comprehensive resource bank
- Practical ideas on how to create positive enabling environments & providing positive activities for babies, toddlers and pre schoolers
- Practical evidence based ideas on how to engage
- with parents in purposeful physical play
- Neurological development from birth and the
- importance of movement in brain growth
- A FREE DVD – 'Babies, Brains & Balance'
If you would like to help your children learn to love being active, improve their health and learning prospects and demonstrate your commitment to OFSTED through accreditation to the Healthy Tots programme – this training is for you! For more information on possible future dates, please contact us on the below details.