Early Years Learning and Physical Activity

We often hear a lot about children and development, their key milestones and reaching targets. We often consider the traditional elements of reading and writing and physical skills as topics. However, the two actually go hand-in-hand and we should consider combining these areas.

Integrating physical activity into young children’s daily lives is essential for creating a good foundation of activity that will inspire them to continue throughout the rest of their lives. The positive habits that children learn greatly increase the likelihood they will remain physically active in their later years.

There are many reasons that promoting structured physical activity in children will benefit them throughout childhood and their later years.

• Associated benefits of physical activity – e.g. reduced health risks, stronger development.
• Social Development – e.g. sharing, taking turns, listening.
• Emotional Development – e.g. forming friendships.
• Mental health and wellbeing – e.g. self-esteem and confidence.

Children are naturally active and will move, run, kick, throw, and play on their own in nearly any environment. However, children today are faced with a variety of challenges that reduce their natural ability for physical activity, including: Childcare, sedentary lifestyles, car seats, buggies, technology etc.

Those children who do participate in physical activity are more likely to have:
• Better social and motor skill development
• Increased school readiness skills
• Well developed muscles, bones, and joints
• Reduced fat and lowering blood pressure
• Reduced depression and anxiety
• Increased learning capacity
• Developed healthier social, cognitive, and emotional skills
• Built strength, self-confidence, concentration, and co-ordination from an early age
• Have fewer chronic health problems, are ill less frequently and miss less school
• A significantly reduced risk for a number of childhood and adult diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression and mental illness.

With all of the evidence pointing towards the benefits of movement, at Fit and Healthy Kids we have developed a series of sessions to get your tots moving, whilst integrating areas of the Early Years Development Programme. Each of the classes cover both fine and gross motor skill development with a Class Leader. With a changing theme each week the ability to adapt and change tasks, use their vivid imaginations and integrate elements of Early Years learning we feel this is a fantastic active way to allow your young children to develop.

In each session there are lots of opportunities to take part in team games and activities as well as time for free play and discovery. New ideas and traditional elements run side by side to create a fun and active environment. There is lots of kit to try out, obstacle courses, balance beams, parachute games as well as ball skills and hurdles. Listening to instructions, making friends, taking turns are all part of the session. As well as working on the physical attributes such as speed, balance and agility we will be colour matching, counting and using both fine and gross motor skills.

Classes available from walking up to 5 years.
Classes currently being held in Abingdon and Didcot.
Why not book a free taster session?

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