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Early Years Activity

It is so important that children under the age of 5 are staying active on a daily basis.

An Overview of Early Years Activity

It is so important that children under the age of 5 are staying active on a daily basis.

The national recommendation by the Chief Medical Officer states that children aged 12 months and under should be doing a minimum of 30 minutes physical activity per day and children aged 1-5 should be doing a minimum of 180 minutes of physical activity per day. This can help with their physical, mental and social development.

It is well documented that high levels of physical activity in childhood can lead to continued participation in later life. It is important to establish high levels of physical activity to encourage children to stay active enough to benefit their health and to support continued interest and participation throughout adult life.

Programmes to support physical activity in early years could include; CPD for Early Years Staff (encouraging active settings), Parental Engagement (encouraging active homes) and targeted programmes such as active play, risky play, active travel and fundamental movement.

Benefits

Encouraging your child to be physically active may help in leading a healthy, active lifestyle later on as an adult. Give your child the best start in life!

Involvement

Lots of different activities can count towards children's daily physical activity total and one of the best environments for children to be active is at home.

There will be a range of early years sessions and activities in your local area. Use local activity finders or try and identify a local facility that offers this activity.

Find Early Years Activity Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Groove Child®

Groove Child®

Groove Child® is a structured but highly creative dance class that believes in the power of imaginative movement to help children ‘find their own groove' as unique individuals.

Pavilion Dance South West

Pavilion Dance South West

Pavilion Dance South West is the National Dance Development Organisation for the South West of England, supporting regional dance strategy development and representing the South West Dance sector nationally.

BH Live

BH Live

BH Live is the south coast’s leading operator of leisure and event venues; a social enterprise that designs and builds engaging experiences to inspire people and enrich lives.