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Early Years Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing Conference
Early Years Physical Activity Awards

Saturday 19th May 2018
9:00am - 1:00pm
King Power Stadium, Leicester

The Conference is an opportunity for Early Years practitioners from across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland to come together to learn from experienced professionals around the importance of keeping children active and improving their health and wellbeing.

The day will also include inspiring keynotes, examples of effective practice that can be taken away and implemented, and opportunities to network.

Keynote Speakers, Workshops and Marketplace

  • Ben Kingston-Hughes, Inspired Children - Parental Engagement
  • Laura Sanders, Little Stars Pre-School, Intergenerational Programme

Delegates will be able to attend 2 workshops on topics such as Nutrition, Purposeful Physical Play and In the Moment Planning. There will also be a Marketplace to showcase local services and programmes.

Information and How to Book

This is a free Conference, but please note a charge of £20 will be incurred for non-attendance or failure to cancel a place 48 hours prior to the conference. Free lunch is provided on the day.

Closing Date: Friday 4th May 2018

Early Years Physical Activity Awards 2018

In an effort to recognise Early Years settings achievements across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, in incorporating physical activity, health and wellbeing into their environment, we have opened nominations for three awards:

  • Most Active Setting Award
  • Early Years Champion Award
  • Parental/Carer Engagement Award

This is your chance to nominate Early Years settings and staff who you believe are successfully implementing physical activity, health and wellbeing strategies into their settings.

The Awards will be presented at the Early Years Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing Conference, therefore please inform your nominee to take note of the event date/details.

Most Active Setting Award 2017

Winner: Holmsdale Manor Nursery School, North West Leicestershire (pictured)

Highly Commended: Ashmount School EYFS, Charnwood and Daisy Chain Children's Nursery, Blaby

Most Active Setting Award

There will be 3 awards presented in this category, for the most Active Setting in Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland.

This award is open to any Early Years setting demonstrating that they are committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of its children through excellent efforts to get their children moving i.e. through the implementation of Purposeful Physical Play (PPP). Examples of good practice include:

  • Delivering a mixture of opportunities for play.
  • Knowing, understanding and promoting the physical activity guidelines for 0-5 year olds.
  • Helping a significant proportion of children in their care to achieve the physical activity guidelines.
  • Minimising the number of activities they run that involve sitting.
  • Making good use of the resources available to them from Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport, and actively searching for new resources that may be relevant to their setting.
  • Providing practical and suitable activities for all age ranges and abilities.

Early Years Champion Award

Early Years Champion Award 2017

Winner: Katherine Mackness – Apple Tree Nursery, Harborough and Kayleigh Nichols – Orchard End Nursery, Hinckley (pictured)

This award is for an individual who has shown a passion for getting their Early Years setting more active. Examples of good practice include:

  • Has attended training such as PPP
  • Has an understanding of why physical activity is so important for early years.
  • Using ideas learned at training and implementing them into their setting.
  • Taking part in the activities that they run and acting as a positive role model to the children.
  • Sharing good practice.
  • Being passionate about the promotion of physical activity in Early Years.

Parental/Carer Engagement Award

Parental/Carer Engagement Award 2017

Winner: Fairfield Preparatory School, Charnwood (pictured)

Highly Commended: Whetstone Baptist Playgroup, Blaby

This award is open to Early Years settings who have shown exceptional attempts to engage with parents/carers and ensure that children stay active beyond the early years setting and into their home life. Examples of good practice include:

  • Providing parents/carers with a regular log of activities that their child has taken part in.
  • Inviting parents to share ideas with each other and the settings.
  • Inviting parents/carers into the childcare setting to play with their child.
  • Providing good, useful information and contacts for where parents/carers can be active with their child in the local area.
  • Involves parents/carers in the planning and development of physical activities.
  • Uses display areas effectively to promote Purposeful Physical Play and its benefits to parents.

How to Nominate

To nominate you can either:

  • Download the nomination form below and send it to us at the details below (hard copies available on request)
  • Nominate online via the link below.

The closing date for all nominations will be 5:00pm on Friday 4th May 2018.

Please send completed nomination forms to:

Georgie Rogers, Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport, SportPark, 3 Oakwood Drive, Loughborough, Leics, LE11 3QF

Email: info@lrsport.org | Telephone: 01509 564874

For more information please contact:

Lucy Baginskis

Lucy Baginskis

Sports Development Officer

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport

01509 564 875


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    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
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