physical activity

Physical activity and sedentary behaviour

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Module aim:

This module will provide an overview of physical activity and sedentary behaviour and its importance to babies, toddlers and pre-school children - and also highlight the various types of activity that can be recommended to young children and their families.

Learning objectives:

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 children under 5 years old.
  • 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:

Faq Items


1ESSEHS Active (2015). "Early years evidence briefing ". Retrieved 11/07/17, from