Ashford Active Learners Project Active Movement Facilitated by Julia Haynes Health Visitorand Carol O’Malley L.C.C. Choosing Health
Develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually as well as physically ACTIVE MOVEMENT helps your child to Be healthy and happy, confident and feel loved Build the foundations for learning, moving and communicating
What’s changing for infants? • Too much time in baby containers (car seats, prams…) • Busy lifestyles • Lack of extended families • Lack of space to play • Emphasis on technology
Tummy time while awake! • During tummy time important muscles are strengthened for moving and exploring. • Whenever possible babies should be out of ‘containers’ and off parents’ knee, and onto their tummies. • Floor play encourages movement, exploration and rolling.
Visual skills Independence and exploration Crawling helps develop Strong muscles in the arms, Shoulders and neck, Legs and fingers Spatial awareness Communication between 2 sides of brain Pincer grip Why is crawling important
Ashford Active Learners Project • March 2009 – Active Movement Champion Training – Multi-agency Children’s Workforce. • Pilot study commenced in Tenterden funded through a bid to the Health and Wellbeing partnership fund. • Cascade training to Early Years staff – Education and Health. • Evaluation of pilot study - March 2010.
The workshops for Early Years Staff All staff who attended the workshops… • felt confident to talk to parents about the evidence base for awake tummy time and parents role as early childhood educators. • had written information they could share with parents. • had increased awareness of the importance of early childhood physical activities.
Pilot study in Tenterden • Sharing information with parents about awake tummy time and its important links with crawling. • Data was analysed from 8-10 month child development review. • Study demonstrated an increase from 30% to 100% of infants crawling between 8-10 months.
Our short term goals – by March 2011 • To analyse a representative sample of 10-12 month reviews from the 3,000 infants born annually in Ashford. • Develop an insert for the PCHR (red book). • To extend the workshops to • Early Years Staff working in Ashford • Health Visiting teams through out Eastern and Coastal Kent
We believe • Active movement is a very worthwhile initiative, that is simple to deliver within services that already exist. • It will help our children to develop their fundamental movement skills and to reach their full potential. • It is especially important now when more children are starting school with developmental delay. • Active movement with babies could change this. • Active Movement stimulates a child’s brain at a critical stage of life. It is integral to their development.
Thank you! For more information on the project please contact: email@example.com or Carol.O'Malley@eastcoastkent.nhs.uk