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Joy, play and doing together

Publications of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland 2016-12-03

Recommendations for physical activity in early childhood

The Joy in Motion programme, aimed at increasing the level of physical activity in children’s day especially by increasing child-focused operating methods, was launched in early childhood education and care (ECEC) last year. The child has the right to be and act in ways peculiar to children, which means that the child uses his or her whole body when playing, moving and exploring. Research results have shown that this kind of physical activity supports the child’s holistic growth and development. Research results guide us adults by showing us what kind of physical activity and exercise we can use in our various roles to support children’s well-being. 

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