Physical Activity in Childcare

Children ages 3 to 6 years of age need at least 60 minutes of physical activity in one day. One to 2 year olds need at least 30 minutes. The best way to support  children in getting that physical activity is through structured play. Structured physical activity is not the same as "free" play. It is adult-directed activity such as games like Simon Says, marching in place to music or Follow the Leader. Children tend to be more physically active during structured play, burning calories and building muscle, all while getting into the habit of being active for a lifetime. Structured play can also increase dexterity, eye-hand coordination, the development of gross motor skills and school readiness skills like listening, following directions, spatial awareness, and learning to play well in groups.

Many of the best caretakers attend trainings to learn how to implement curriculum and programming into their childcare. Some of those trainings are:

  • I am Moving I am Learning
  • Let's Move Child Care
  • Tipping the Scales
  • S.M.A.R.T. (Stimulating Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training)

To read about exciting partnerships with childcare homes or centers and preschools in our area, click on the link below:

Healthy  Early Childhood Partners

If you are interested in partnering with us to make healthy early childhood/childcare changes, we would love to hear from you. Contact Countryside SHIP.

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