Physical activity guidelines for children under 5.Why is physical activity important for early years children?

Being physically active every day is important for the healthy growth and development of babies, toddlers and preschoolers. For this age group, activity of any intensity should be encouraged, including light activity and more energetic physical activity. By moving more in their early years, can be extremely beneficial in a child’s growth and development.

The 6 Key Benefits of Moving More:

  • Develops strong bones, muscles and heart
  • Builds relationships and social skills
  • Helps maintain a healthy weight
  • Boosts brain development and learning
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Encourages movement and co-ordination

For more information on frequency and type of activities please read Physical Activity Guidelines for Under 5s (PDF Document, 0.23 Mb)

For information on activities you and your child can access across our district please find Activities for Children 0-5yrs

Last updated: Fri 28 July, 2023 @ 15:29