Active foundations: the importance of physical activity for early years

Thursday 9th May 12:50 - 13:30

Physical activity for young children has a lifelong positive impact on their overall health, wellbeing and development.

By providing enjoyable daily opportunities to be physically active – we can ensure that all children become competent and confident movers – effective communicators – and ‘ready for school.’

Habits and dispositions towards physical activity are embedded early – it is critical that we promote positive behaviours that lead to lifelong engagement with a wide range of opportunities.

Understanding the evidence – the need to get children active before they become inactive


Ali Oliver, Chief Executive at Youth Sport Trust

Creating active foundations in nursery and preschool settings - the importance of movement in childhood development


Helen Battelley, Company Director at Music + Movement

The role outdoor play - how to maximise opportunities for development and active foundations


Julie Mountain, Director at Play Learning Life