Three interesting articles courtesy of the new Chartered Institute for Teaching - all sourced from Canada
Well worth exploring joining this organisation - they provide a range of very useful services - and the papers/articles are current / relevant.
Canadian 24 hr movement guidelines for the early years (0-4 yrs) - exploring the perceptions of stakeholders.
These movement guidelines have had a much more positive reception than our own CMO/EY/PA guidelines - and this document goes some way to explaining why.
The 'discussion' section is particularly useful - it highlights the importance of all agencies working together to implement any guidelines effectively.
Systematic review of the relationships between physical activity and health indicators in the early years (0-4)
This paper concludes that 'Physical activity was consistently found to be favourably associated with a broad range of health indicators. it was consistently observed that more physical activity (in terms of frequency or duration) was better for health.' A very thorough review - that supplies relevant data to support our practice. The conclusions are particularly useful.
Physical Activity and Nutrition in Early Years Care Centres: Barriers and Facilitators.
Interesting to read that we share many of the difficulties experienced by Canadian practitioners - parental and co -worker engagement and support - the role of the environment and local community - the lack of awareness/understanding at policy level. Some good ideas included here as to how small changes may be accumulated to significant effect.