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Early Years Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing Conference 2019

Including the Early Years Physical Activity Awards

Saturday 15th June 2019
King Power Stadium, Leicester
9:00am - 2:00pm

The Conference is an opportunity for Early Years practitioners 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 from speakers and topics including:

  • Diana Lawton, Inspired Children - Self regulation.
  • Paula McKee, Leicestershire Nutrition & Dietic Service - Nutrition/ Food Prep Session.
  • Tom Chape, Leicestershire County Council, Active Travel
  • Ben Kingston Hughes, Inspired Children - Loose parts and in the moment planning.
  • Sara Johnson, Connect to Calm
  • Katy Harris, Katy Lou's - Outdoor play for Cognitive Development Health & Wellbeing.

** Please note each workshop will be capped and places will be given on a first come first served basis. When filling in your booking form we will ask what your order of preference is and you will be notified which workshops you have been given**

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: 9th June 2019

Early Years Physical Activity Awards 2019

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

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

This award is for an individual who has shown a passion for getting their Early Years setting more active; this could be by attending Purposeful Physical Play (PPP) training and transferring this positively into their workplace. Examples of good practice include:

  • Has attended PPP training.
  • Has an understanding of why physical activity is so important for early years. Using ideas learned at PPP 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 from the PPP training with their colleagues.
  • Being passionate about the promotion of physical activity in Early Years.

Parental/Carer Engagement Award

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 Friday 9th June 2019.

Please send completed nomination forms to:

Lucy Baginskis, Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport, SportPark, 3 Oakwood Drive, Loughborough, Leics, LE11 3QF

Email: l.baginskis@lrsport.org | Telephone: 01509 564 875

For more information please contact:

Lucy Baginskis

Lucy Baginskis

Sports Development Officer

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport

01509 564875

Most Active Setting Award: Pocket Rocket Pre-School

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

The 2018 Conference and Awards included an engaging key note speech from Ben Kingston-Hughes from Inspired Children and Laura Sanders from Little Stars Nursery on intergenerational work and how partnerships can be formed with local care homes.

Delegates attended a range of workshops on In the Moment Planning, the importance of Purposeful Physical Play, Magical Imaginative Play, nutrition, emotional health and wellbeing and Risky Play.

The workshops were followed by the Early Years Awards, with the winners announced:

  • Most Active Setting Award: Pocket Rocket Pre-School
  • Parent/Carer Engagement Award: Ashmount School EYFS Team
  • Physical Activity Champion Award: Daisy Chain Children's Nursery
  • Judge's Special Award: Fairfield Preparatory School


  • Melton LSA
    O&W LSA
    Blaby LSA
    Equality Standard
  • Charnwood LSA
    Sport England
    Active Leicester
    Active Rutland
  • Harborough LSA
    Active Partnerships
    Leicestershire County Council
    H&B LSA


  • Leicestershire County Council
    Equality Standard
  • Active Partnerships
    Blaby LSA
  • Active Leicester
  • Active Rutland
    Melton LSA
  • Harborough LSA
    O&W LSA
  • H&B LSA
    Sport England
  • Safeguarding
    Charnwood LSA