The Benefits of Physical Activity in Early Learning Environments

 In Child behaviour, Child Care, Early Learning, Early Learning Framework, Parenting, You & your family

The benefits of physical activity are wide-ranging and will support healthy habits throughout your child’s life. The regular activity supports not only the physical body but emotional wellbeing and cognitive development.

Starting early will help these practices become a natural part of your child’s life and something they continue to be drawn to as they mature. Here are just some of the many benefits of physical activity, and how to make them part of your day.

Here are just some of the many benefits of physical activity, and how to make them part of your day.

  • Physical activity increases circulation, balances blood sugar metabolism, and supports endorphin production, all of which leaves you feeling great.
  • Being physical is a great stress relief for children, allowing them to squeal, shout, laugh and move freely.
  • More time outside means less time in front of the screen. Children are naturally curious and drawn to play. If they are not doing so in a physical way, they will likely seek out play somewhere else, such as on an iPad. Giving your child the opportunity to explore play in the real world will establish positive habits for life.
  • Physical activity improves confidence, strength, balance, coordination and self-esteem.

 

Barriers to Physical Activity

Depending on where you live, it can sometimes be difficult to incorporate activity into your daily routine.  In urban areas, there is usually a park or a sports field nearby, but these aren’t always suitable. Inclement weather or excessive heat can make exercising outdoors a challenge.

If you are facing these obstacles, look at the facilities that are offered in your neighbourhood. Indoor sports are a great way to connect with your community and enjoy being active all year around. Dance, karate, futsal, swimming and yoga centres offer classes for all ages and are just some of the many indoor sports your little one can enjoy.

If you are facing these obstacles, look at the facilities that are offered in your neighbourhood. Indoor sports are a great way to connect with your community and enjoy being active all year around. Dance, Karate, Futsal, Swimming and Yoga Centres offer classes for all ages and are just some of the many indoor sports your little one can enjoy.

 

Benefits of Child Care Centres for Healthy Practices

Child care centres are a great opportunity for your child to enjoy some safe physical activity in a closely monitored environment. Educators arrange physical activities with the needs of young children in mind, offering the most suitable challenges as well as play opportunities.

Playground equipment found in parks or care centres is designed to provide your child with a range of challenges suitable for their developmental stage. Balance, climbing, swinging and negotiating with other children all activate not just their muscles, but their minds.

Problem-solving, decision-making, creativity and invention are all activated during a play session. Educators can also create connections between outdoor games and current themes or topics being explored in the learning program, thus making use of the outdoor environment as the third teacher.

At Mindarie Keys Early Learning School, we understand that these early years are formative ones. We are dedicated to supporting healthy habits with you and your family. To talk to an educator about our outdoor activities, or to enrol your child in Mindarie Keys Early Learning School, contact us today.