For this age group, being active is rarely an issue. Most children instinctively keep moving so parents are unlikely to integrate being active as a behaviour in the same way they might courtesy, manners, hygiene or social skills.
Yet educating young children about the benefits of being active and the power of reducing their sedentary behaviour should start now. Active Movement firmly believes in laying down the foundations not through inspiring children to be active but by educating them of its benefits.
The Active Movement Early Years (Nursery) programme is the first stage in shaping children’s long-term behaviour. It is designed to give children from the youngest age an understanding about the importance of activity including the reduction in sitting times.
This learning will be continued into Reception year as they prepare for Key Stage 1 and 2 where school life becomes increasingly sedentary and regimented.
Active Movement for Nursery staff
There is a further option for this age group, particularly in independent Nurseries and Children’s Centres. The importance of role models for young children is well understood. We also recognise that the more we empower the staff, the more effectively they will deliver the programme and be able to reassure parents through their knowledge and experience.
We therefore offer an Active Movement programme designed to not only enhance staff’s implementation of the programme but also improve their own long-term well-being.
The standard Active Movement Early Years (Nursery) Programme includes