With children under five we’re working with the Active Start programme. Find out how you can get involved below.
We strongly believe that babies and young children should get an active start in life.
Babies and young children were born to move, they love being active and we should encourage them to move around freely as often as possible!
Physical activity is essential during the early years of a child’s life as it helps not only with their physical development but also helps them to develop their social and emotional skills. 80% of brain development also takes place by the age of 3 which is fully supported by physical activity.
Also, children who learn to be active when they are younger are more likely to continue taking part in sport and physical activity when they are an adult.
- Young children with greater levels of activity between the ages of 3-5 years tend to maintain this into Primary School entry
- Children learn more physical skills in their first five years than at any other time in their lives
- Young children who play or are more physically active at this age are more likely to achieve higher academic success
- Excessive sedentary behaviour during this time is associated with poor cognitive development as well as physiological problems
What is Active Start?
Active Start is a programme created to inspire and increase activity levels in the early years through activity and active play. It helps children to be healthy, to learn and be active for life. It does this by supporting practitioners, teachers and families to be active together more often, strengthening physical literacy and the readiness to learn.
We’re running a series of training sessions for educators to access. To register interest in receiving more information, please complete this form:
To find out more about any of our current work with families you can speak to Jane Ratcliffe, our Active Communities Manager.
Email: Jane@northyorkshiresport.co.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 01423 637668.