Physical Activity Policy

Having policies related to physical activity will ensure that all parties have same understanding of the procedures. It is important that all employees understand and follow the same policies. Having written policies are also helpful when explaining to parents how your center operates. Below you will find resources that will help you set physical activity policies in your home or center.

Best Practices for Physical Activity

Summary: Includes physical activity guidelines for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children. Contains Sample Polices for early childcare on page 13.

Source: Nemours Health and Prevention Services

Access: https://d3knp61p33sjvn.cloudfront.net/media-resources/ECELC/C2P2/LS3/ECE_Program_Participants/English_PhysicalActivityGuide_FINAL.pdf

 

Model Child Care Health Policies

Summary: Section 4 focuses on nutrition and section 5 focuses on screen time and physical activity.

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics

Access: www.ecels-healthychildcarepa.org/publications/manuals-pamphlets-policies/item/download/332_de718b5d0a40682caf26b57e9307bc91

 

Policy Action Recommendations for Physical Activity and Nutrition in Early Childcare Settings

Summary: Outlines barriers to physical activity in early childhood settings and five steps to creating change. 

Source: Head Start Body Start (American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance 

Access: http://www.shapeamerica.org/standards/guidelines/upload/policyactionrecommendations_earlychildhoodsettings.pdf