Physical activity and sedentary behaviour
Being physically active is vital for the well-being and development of pre-school children and is an important component in addressing unhealthy weight in children. Data from the UK in 2015 showed that only 9% of 2-4 year olds were sufficiently active1.
Practitioners working with pre-school children and their families are in a good position to educate and support parents to promote an active lifestyle in their families.
This module will provide an overview of physical activity and sedentary behaviour and its importance to pre-school children - and also highlight the various types of activity that can be recommended to pre-school children and their families.
By the end of this module, you will be able to:
- Explain the importance of physical activity for health (and building physical activity into everyday life)
- Explain the recommended physical activity levels for pre-school children
- Explain the term sedentary behaviour, and the risks associated with being sedentary.
- Work with families to identify ways of increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour.
This module consists of the following sections:
1ESSEHS Active (2015). "Early years evidence briefing ". Retrieved 11/07/17, from http://www.ssehsactive.org.uk/resources-and-publications-item/40/278/index.html