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What is Early Years Activity?

The first five years of a life represent an opportune window to lay the foundations for future good health and wellbeing. Physical development is critical during this time to ensure optimal growth and development to provide the ‘best start to life’.

It is well documented that high levels of physical activity in childhood can lead to continued participation in later life. It is important to establish high levels of physical activity to encourage children to stay active enough to benefit their health and to support continued interest and participation throughout adult life.

Programmes to support physical activity in early years could include; CPD for Early Years Staff (encouraging active settings), Parental Engagement (encouraging active homes) and targeted programmes such as active play, risky play, active travel and fundamental movement.

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