Job search
Job Search
Latest news
More news: (showing 1 - 20 of 13501)           
UK only International

Youth Sport Trust pilot: active play is 'crucial' to children preparing for school

By Tom Walker    13 Sep 2019
The physical literacy and social mobility project was designed for children aged between two and four

A regional active play scheme targeting two to four-year-olds has been credited with providing a "wholly positive impact" on children’s attitude to learning – and their ability to follow instructions.

The results achieved by the West Somerset Physical Literacy programme, created by the Youth Sport Trust (YST), has led to plans to roll the programme out across the rest of the UK.

The early years physical literacy and social mobility project was designed to ensure every child in West Somerset received the opportunity to achieve a good level of physical development linked to their language and literacy skills.

Based on a programme of structured play, the pilot scheme was launched in October 2018 and aimed to increase self-esteem and wellbeing – as well as developing agility, balance and coordination.

Interim findings of the programme found that children as young as two were demonstrating improvements in speaking, along with managing relationships (55 per cent of the children taking part), understanding (64 per cent), and improvements in listening and attention (57 per cent).

Activities included chasing bubbles, balancing bean bags while moving, acting out stories in books and making children think how they can travel differently from one task to the next.

By also involving parents in stay and play clubs, 95 per cent of parents said they had been given ideas to help their child to be active and 90 per cent felt more confident in helping their child to be active at home.

“Movement in the early years is critical to a child’s development, and particularly for the children in nurseries and pre-school settings," said Chris Wright, head of health and wellbeing at YST.

“We have placed a huge amount of resource and research into training and mentoring parents, nursery and pre-school leaders to give them confidence and ideas around how to be active with their children and structure play in a way that supports their development.

“Not only are children developing the ability to sit for longer and have better object control to help them write and give them the skills they need to start school, but parents feel more confident to play with their children, they understand why it’s good to be active, and children are enjoying being more active which will mean they can develop healthy, active habits for good future physical and mental health.

"West Somerset is setting a great example of what could be achieved for young children all over the UK by getting them physically literate in their early years.”

Active play  Youth Sport Trust  Somerset  physical literacy 
Sign up for FREE ezines
Related news
Sports jobs
Edinburgh Leisure
featured job

Head of Operations

Edinburgh Leisure
Salary: £48,801 pa
Job location: Edinburgh, UK
University of East Anglia
featured job

Senior Customer Service Advisor

University of East Anglia
Salary: £21,233pa
Job location: Norwich, UK
Brimhams Active
featured job

Director of Business Development

Brimhams Active
Salary: £50,000 - £60,000pa + relocation allowance + excellent benefits
Job location: Harrogate, UK
Brimhams Active
featured job

Director of Operations

Brimhams Active
Salary: £50,000 - £60,000pa + relocation allowance + excellent benefits
Job location: Harrogate, UK
Derby City Council
featured job

Assistant Manager - Event and Conferencing

Derby City Council
Salary: £26,511 - £29,577pa
Job location: Derby, UK

General Manager

Everyone Active
Salary:
Location: Huncote, Leicester, UK

Digital Marketing Assistant

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: UK

Swim and Operations Manager

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Moulton, Northampton, UK

Sports Club Manager

Middlesex Badminton Dome
Salary: c£32,000+pa plus bonus
Location: Southall, UK

Sales Manager

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Nottingham

Membership Consultant

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary plus benefits
Location: Middlesbrough, UK

Team Leader

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary + excellent benefits
Location: Solihull, UK

Swim Manager

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Nottingham, UK

Membership Consultant

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary plus benefits
Location: Market Harborough, UK
recruiting with sports management

Regional Operations Manager - South

Energie Fitness
Salary: £45,000 - £50,000 + commission + car allowance
Location: United Kingdom

Regional Operations Manager - North

Energie Fitness
Salary: £45,000 - £50,000 + commission + car allowance
Location: England, UK

Club Promoter

energie fitness
Salary: £9 per hour
Location: Milton Keynes, UK

Operations Assistant

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Basildon, UK

Fitness Motivator

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Nottingham, UK

Contract Fitness Manager

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Daventry, UK

Swim Teacher

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Bristol, UK
recruiting with sports management

General Manager

Everyone Active
Salary: Excellent salary plus benefits
Location: Shipston-on-Stour, UK

Operations Assistant

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Rickmansworth, UK

Operations Assistant

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

Operations Assistant (NPLQ required)

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Elephant and Castle, London, UK

Receptionist

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Chesham, UK

Membership Administrator

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Elephant and Castle, London, UK

Operations Assistant (NPLQ required)

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Gainsborough, UK
training with sports management

Fitness Instructor

énergie group
Salary: Competitive
Location: Catford, London, UK

Operations Assistant (NPLQ required)

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Wythenshawe, Manchester, UK

Duty Manager

Everyone Active
Salary: 25,633.49
Location: Dulwich, London, UK

Swim Teacher

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Wythenshawe, Manchester, UK

Receptionist

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Wythenshawe, Manchester, UK

Operations Manager

Everyone Active
Salary:
Location: Wythenshawe, Manchester, UK

Team Leader

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary, excellent benefits
Location: Dulwich, London, UK
Swimming Teacher jobs  Operations Assistant (NPLQ required) jobs  membership consultant jobs  duty manager jobs  Team Leader jobs  Operations Manager jobs 
More jobs

Video Gallery

Total Vibration Solutions / Floors 4 Gyms / TVS Sports Surfaces
A short time-lapse video showing our installation of the Robbins MVP timber flooring system, completed in Sept 2021 at The University of Kent Sport Centre in Canterbury
Visit website
More videos

Company profile

Company profile: Active IQ
Active IQ is the UK’s leading Ofqual-recognised Awarding Organisation for the Physical Activity sector.
View full profile >
More company profiles

Property & Tenders

Location: Welwyn Garden City
Company: Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Location: Newport, Shropshire
Company: Lilleshall Sports Academy
Location: Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire
Company: Carmarthenshire County Council
More properties & tenders

Diary dates

01-03 Feb 2022
Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry, United Kingdom
07-10 Apr 2022
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
15-16 Jun 2022
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
More diary dates