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Early childhood is the ideal time to lay the foundation for children to be physically active. This is a time when children learn basic motor skills such as running, jumping and climbing. These movements are the building blocks to allow them to develop more complex movements.
Physical activity requirements can be reached with several short 10-minute periods of activity added up throughout the day.
Play is the primary form of physical activity for children up to school age. Toddlers and preschoolers are naturally active, so encourage this as much as possible.
Toddlers (aged 1-2 years) and preschoolers (aged 3-4 years):
Children should be active every day, both indoors and outdoors. The more daily physical activity a child gets, the more beneficial it is for them.
Young children love to move and need many opportunities to be physically active. Encourage your child to move in all kinds of ways. Play (external link) is the primary form of physical activity for young children.
As a parent, you can promote physical activity (external PDF file) by:
Parents and caregivers should limit the time children (0-4yrs) spend being inactive to no more than one hour at a time while awake. This includes prolonged sitting or being restrained (e.g., stroller, high chair).
To reduce your child’s inactive time (external PDF file), parents can:
What about screen time?
Being active for at least 60 minutes daily can help children and youth to:
Parents: remember to think of safety at all times and ensure that your children and youth are wearing the appropriate sports equipment such as helmets, knee, elbow and wrist pads etc.
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Halton Region is composed of
the City of Burlington,
the Town of Halton Hills,
the Town of Milton,
and the Town of Oakville .