Exercise vital for youngsters’ health

Ansdell Happy Days Nursery. Pic courtesy of Google Street View

Ansdell Happy Days Nursery. Pic courtesy of Google Street View

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More than three hours’ exercise every day is crucial to children’s well-being, a Fylde nursery manager claimed.

More than 90 per cent of nursery-aged youngsters are not active enough, experts claimed in a recent study, prompting the government to suggest they get at least three hours of daily exercise.

We give our children huge opportunities for active play every day because we know how important it is to have an active lifestyle and an active brain

But Ansdell Happy Days Nursery is already bucking the trend, childcare manager Michelle Wood said.

“Being active is a huge part of what we do.

“We hold football lessons on the field in all weathers, dance lessons, PE lessons in the school hall three times a week as well as visits to the park.

“Even if the children don’t turn up with the right clothing we can sort them out with all-weather suits and wellies so we can go out. We are definitely not in the 91 per cent,”

Boffins at Loughborough University, which carried out the Health Survey for England, claim being physically active at a young age is proven to support brain development, enhance bone health and muscular development as well as emotional wellbeing.

Around 8,000 adults and 2,000 children take part in the survey each year. Information is collected through an interview, and if participants agree, a visit from a specially trained nurse.

The surveys, which have been carried out since 1991, provide regular information that cannot be obtained from other sources.

Michelle added: “We give our children huge opportunities for active play every day because we know how important it is to have an active lifestyle and an active brain.

“The children have access to the outside whenever they want to go outside, supported by practitioners who understand the important learning that takes place outside.”