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Physical Activity Among Children in Early Years Settings

Outdoor play is the key to more physical activity for EYFS children

The World Health Organization recommends that all children and adolescents should participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity for a least 60 minutes a day. This study set out to examine the level of physical activity among 3 to 6-year-olds during their time spent in early years educational settings.

This study found that EYFS children who spent most of their educational time outdoors in a well-planned activity area had a 35% higher level of physical activity than children in the other EYFS classes in the study.

In order to positively influence and improve the physical activity level of children in the early years sector, free play in well-planned outdoor activity areas is key.

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