We are trialing the new Active Imaginations online resource

A new initiative to help parents and carers come up with ways for 2 to 4 year olds to get a healthy amount of physical activity has been launched.

Who is trialing the online resource?

Parents and children at St John’s Under 5 Preschool, Dewsbury are amongst the first in Yorkshire and the Humber to try out Active Imaginations; an online resource of simple and fun activities that are free or almost free, can be done indoors or outdoors, in open or limited space and in a range of different situations.

What is the purpose of Active Imaginations?

The purpose of Active Imaginations is to collect and share ideas that draw upon the imagination of children and parents in a way that supports the Chief Medical Officer guidelines that children of pre-school age who are capable of walking unaided should be physically active for at least 180 minutes per day.


Who’s taking part in the project?

We are one of five local authorities taking part in the project in partnership with Public Health England and The Yorkshire and Humber Association of Directors of Public Health.

Cllr Carole Pattison, Kirklees Council Cabinet member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities, said:

“We are very pleased to be a part of this new online provision to help support parents and carers in providing our children with the best possible start in life.”

Gemma Mann, children’s health and wellbeing lead at Public Health England, said:

“It’s really important that all children get the necessary daily physical activity they need to stay healthy, the benefits for children are well evidenced. Moving more helps young children to develop motor skills, improves cognitive development, helps them maintain a healthy weight, enhances bone and muscular development and supports the learning of social skills.”

More information

For videos and further information for parents and carers from Start4Life visit Active Imaginations website.

One comment

  • barbara rushforth

    I was a nursery nurse from 1952-56 and we had no trouble exercising children from 2 years. Outside most of the time wearing coats and hats when necessary. and a short walk every day with some of the local population joining us if they wanted to do. Exercise is essential from the day we are born.

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