Physical Activity in the Early Years
The NHS and World Health Organisation recommend that all children should exercise for at least one hour of moderate to vigorous activity per day, but in Early Years it is recommended that as soon as they can walk, children should be physically active for at least three hours.
All children aged under 5
Children under 5 should not be inactive for long periods, except when they’re asleep. Watching TV, travelling by car, bus or train, or being strapped into a buggy for long periods are not good for a child’s health and development.
There’s growing evidence that such behaviour can increase their risk of poor health. For children aged 5 and under the challenge is to engage them in the activity Physical activities should be spread throughout the day, indoors or outside. The recommended three hours can include light activities such as standing up, moving around, rolling and playing as well as more energetic activities like skipping, hopping, running and jumping.