UK physical activity g uidelines. UK-wide (joint CMOs) Global evidence of the health benefits Life course Includes sedentary Recommended amount for general health benefit Apply to all. Why the need for UK p hysical a ctivity g uidelines for the early years?. N ew evidence available
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Guideline 1 (infants who cannot yet walk unaided)
Physical activity should be encouraged from birth, particularly through floor-based play and water-based activities in safe environments.
Children of pre-school age who are capable of walking unaided should be physically active daily for at least 180 minutes (3 hours), spread throughout the day.
All under-fives should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (being restrained or sitting) for extended periods (except time spent sleeping).
Health and wellbeing
Health and wellbeing
Personal, social and emotional outcomes
Intensity:no specific intensity
Time:at least 3 hours
Type:physically active play
Based on the 2011 UK physical activity guidelines, in England, in 2012:
Health risk of sedentary behaviour
Sedentary behaviour in the early years is associated with overweight and obesity and lower cognitive development.
Overweight and obesity
Children who are overweight and obese in the early years are more likely to grow up to be overweight and obese as adults.
Health and wellbeing benefits
Physical activity is central to optimal growth and development in the under fives.
Physical development is now recognised as being important to children’s overall development in the early years in all four UK early years curriculums.
Physically active play can contribute to the development of many important brain structures
‘In the early life period, interactions and experiences determine whether a child’s brain architecture provides a strong or weak foundation for their future health, wellbeing and development’18
This practice briefing is designed to give practitioners and managers of early years settings practical ideas for promoting physical activity with the under fives
To download this resource visit www.bhfactive.org.uk/earlyyearsguidelines
This series of three BHFNC fact sheets provide on overview of the facts on physical activity for the under fives.
To download these resources visitwww.bhfactive.org.uk go to early years --> our resources --> fact sheets
These leaflets are designed for parents and carers and include information on why being active is important, what types of activity are best and ideas for active play at home.
To download these resources visit www.bhfactive.org.uk and put Help your child moveand play or Help your baby move and play into the search box
You can also order hard copies by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0870 600 65 66
Helps early years practitioners plan and organise physically active play environments for children under five.It supports a whole setting approach to physical activity and also provides innovative ideas to extend physical activity provision.