Active Play Ideas

As well as staff in the setting, parents / carers are also important role models to the children and should be active with their children every day. Research suggests that parental physical activity affects positively on how much physical activity their children participate in.

Try different ways of consulting with parents/carers about how you can introduce more activity in the children’s lives both in the setting and at home. Surveys, newsletters, workshops, committees, parent forums, focus group sessions, suggestion boxes etc are all great ways to engage with parents/carers

Think of some ways you can encourage parent/carers can be active with their children at weekends, in the evenings or mornings and reduce their sedentary time.

Here are a few more examples : walking to or from the setting / swimming / riding a bike or tricycle to or from the setting / Visiting the local park / Dancing to music / Playing with friends / Gardening

Negotiate small discounts for families with local leisure centres, play centres or shops that sell active play equipment in exchange for helping to market them



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