Campaigns & Government Policies

Physical activity for early years (birth–5 years)

• Only one in 10 children aged 2–4 is active for 3 hours or more daily.
• This is a new infographic based on existing CMO guidelines. It will help Early Years teachers, nursery schools, health visitors and doctors to talk about the importance of young children being active. It can also be used as a training resource.
• The infographic is designed to explain the UK Chief Medical Officer's recommendation that children aged under 5 should be physically active daily for at least 180 minutes, spread through the day. Every movement counts and includes crawling, walking, jumping, object and messy play.
• It highlights the benefits of being active and the range of activity to achieve this recommendation. Physical activity has been shown to help maintain a healthy weight, improve concentration, health and fitness, improve sleep and build social skills and confidence.