It’s really important to encourage physical activity in children right from birth. As well as lots of floor based play, babies will really enjoy going swimming with you.
Experts recommend that pre-schoolers who can walk by themselves should be getting active for at least 180 minutes every day.
Nap-time aside, all under-fives shouldn’t be made to sit down for long periods. They need to be able to run about and play.
Why physical activity?
Being physically active helps little ones to:
- Develop strong bones, muscles and heart
- Develop good motor skills, which means being able to balance and have good co-ordination
- Develop good social and emotional skills
- Develop important pathways in the brain that help learning
- Sleep well
- Reach their potential
What you can do
For ideas on how to support your child to be physical active, why not download:
Other support and links
- Leicester-shire and Rutland Sport is an organisation that will help you find a range of opportunities to take part in physical activity, sport and wellbeing opportunities in your local area. Use the ‘Get Active’ search engine to find local clubs and organisations, sessions, venues and events near you.
- Healthy Tots- Let’s Get Moving: Pre-school Part One
- Healthy Tots- Let’s Get Moving: Pre-school Part Two
- Check out this listing of parks and open spaces across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
- Local Leisure Centres also often run a programme of family based activities.
- Physical Activity Development Officers in each district have created a programme of regular activities to help families to become more active. To find out about local opportunities, get in touch with your local physical activity team.
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-19 years called Chat Health. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a public health nurse (health visitor/school nurse) within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens.
Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.
Leicester City: text 07520 615381
Leicestershire & Rutland: text 07520 615382