From 0-6 years, boys and girls need to be engaged in daily active play. Through play and movement, they develop the fundamental movement skills and learn how to link them together. At this stage developmentally appropriate activities will help participants feel competent and comfortable participating in a variety of fun and challenging activities and games.
- Physical activity should be a fun part of a child’s life everyday and is essential for healthy child development.
- Active play is key at this stage as it builds important connections within the brain, and between the brain and children’s muscles.
- Opportunities for exploration of risk and limits in safe environments.
- Unstructured access to a wide variety of colourful toys and equipment.
- Activities should help children feel competent and comfortable participating in a variety of fun and challenging activities and non-competitive games.
- For children with a disability, access to age and disability-appropriate adapted equipment is an important contributor to success been physically active.
- Daily physical activity with an emphasis on fun.