School readiness is a child’s ability to demonstrate foundational skills and behaviours needed before starting school. It’s about allowing your child to reach their full potential through exploration and discovery. The prime areas of learning include physical development, personal, social and emotional development and communication and language development.
Physical literacy refers to the foundation for learning to love being active and continue being active throughout life. This includes:
- Physical skills
- Knowledge and the importance of physical activity
- Positive attitudes
- Enabling environments for rewarding physical activity
The British Heart foundation currently recommends;
- Physical activity should be encouraged from birth, particularly through floor-based play and water-based activities in safe environments.
- Children of pre-school age who are capable of walking unaided should be physically active daily for at least 180 minutes (3 hours), spread throughout the day.
- All under- fives should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (being restrained or sitting) for extended periods (except time spent sleeping).
Physical activity for early-years is beneficial for various areas of their health and well-being: