It is widely recognised that our children are starting school with a lower level of physical development than previous generations. With childhood obesity on the rise also(nearly 1/3 of children aged 2-15 year are overweight or obese in the UK), it’s no wonder that this is having an impact on our children’s health and learning. What can we do about it?
Studies show that an alarming rate of children are starting school without the physical development levels necessary to learn well in the classroom. We’re not talking about them just being able to hop on one leg but gross motor skills (big movements) are needed to enable children to do more more complex tasks like holding a pencil. Researchers at Loughborough University discovered that a shocking 90% of children demonstrate some degree of movement difficulties for their age. Experts say that up to a 1/3 of children are displaying sings typically associated with ADHD, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, ASD and Sensory Processing Disorder. Theses symptoms are believed to have the potential to be improved with physical activity.
There is one very very simple way to improve our children’s outcomes. GET THEM OUTSIDE! When it comes to it, I can think of a million and one excuses not to got to the park or go for a walk. It’s cold and wet, I need to get the housework done, what happens if they run off?, there’s nowhere nice to go, the kids are whinging about going out etc etc. Regardless of how much the kids whinge or how much I can’t be bothered it’s almost as though a switch is turned the minute we get out, the kids are happy and actually play nicely together and I get the chance to breathe. We need to give our children the opportunity to take appropriate risks, because without learning how to assess these small risks themselves, how will they ever learn how to assess what’s safe or not as they grow up. All that aside you can now revel in that fact that you’re improving your child’s physical development and in turn their school readiness by getting outdoors.
Sudocrem recently did some research which showed that 3 out of 5 children think their parents worry too much their safety outside. Alarmingly, British children spend 45.5 hours in front of a screen as opposed to FIVE hours outdoors, that’s shocking!
Giving our children the space and freedom to move about outside is something I feel hugely passionate about. In a world where it seems you end up spending a fortune on days out, why not enjoy the free stuff. The park, the beach, a field, climbing trees, paddling in a stream. When I was told about the The Play More initiative, I was keen to get involved. Play More is a fantastic scheme launched by Sudocrem to encourage children to get outside more. The scheme also wants to give parents the confidence to let their children be more dareful and less careful. The brilliant scheme is giving your child’s community nursery the opportunity to win a playground regeneration or Play More outdoor equipment. What’s not to love?
If you think your child’s nursery could do with improving their outdoor facilities, click here and nominate.
All nurseries must be based in the UK and nominations close on 31.08.2017. For full Terms and Conditions, please visit www.sudocrem.co.uk/social-hub
Health and Social Care Information Centre (2015) Health Survey for England 2014  According to a report by Childwise:,Connected Kids Report 2015.
This is a sponsored post with Sudocrem.