Click here for a poster on physical activity for early years: birth-to-5
The Importance of Keeping Active
Did you know that children under 5 should be getting at least 3 hours of physical activity across the day? Physical activity is important for young children as it helps:
- Physical and cognitive development– brain development and learning, muscle and bone development and development of fine and gross motor skills (big and small physical movements) and coordination.
- Keep them healthy: including a healthy weight and reduced risk of diabetes and other diseases later in life.
- Build relationship and social skills
- Improve sleep and mental wellbeing
Every movement counts, see ways to get your children active here: Physical activity for early years- birth to 5 years
Other ideas to support your children with getting active:
- Activity ideas https://www.eyalliance.org.uk/family-time-tips-free-childrens-activities-try
- Early Years Family corner – Muddy puddles https://www.familycorner.co.uk/
- Active Luton family activity programmes https://activeluton.co.uk/timetables
- Youtube – Free videos for Zumba, Aerobics, Pilates, Yoga
- Make your own obstacle course inside or outside
- Explore nature
- Go litter picking
- Go on a bear hunt
Parenting and Family Relationships
There are a variety of courses and one-off sessions for parents in Luton to promote positive, nurturing and responsive parenting
Safe at Home Luton is a child accident prevention programme aimed at families from pregnancy through to the child’s 5th birthday.
If you think that your child may have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) you should speak to someone about your concerns- find out more on Luton’s Local Offer
Five to Thrive
Just as our child’s body grows better when you give them good food, your child’s brain grows better when you do five simple things that feed the growing brain:
Respond ● Cuddle ● Relax ● Play ● Talk