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More Play, Less Classroom

Why some schools are sending kids out for break four times a day

For years we’ve been hearing that many schools have cut back — or eliminated — breaks for young children because school work is seen as more important than giving kids a chance to move during the school day. But now some schools are bucking the trend by sending kids outside four separate times a day for unstructured play.

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What is Physical Literacy?

Active For Life has put together some great information around raising physically literate children. Includes links to activity ideas.

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Should I let my child take risks?

We came across this great article written by a self-confessed over-protective mother. She found some research and a position statement on active outdoor play in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. It says children need “risky play” (which includes climbing and jumping from a height, unsupervised play where a child could get lost, cycling fast down a hill, playing with knives, or playing near water and cliffs). It adds that children who do so improve their reaction time in detecting risk, increase their self-esteem and are less likely to take risks related to sex and drugs as adolescents.
To read the full article.

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The importance of Risky Play for Physical, Social and Emotional Development

“Risky play is a form of play that is thrilling and involves an element of potential physical injury. It most often occurs outdoors, during free play, where children challenge themselves by overcoming fear and trying something new, or by tiptoeing the line between being in or out of control. Risky play is not being reckless or careless."


Physical Activity Report Card

The 2014 Report Card uses available evidence obtained from surveys over the past eight years to report on key areas such as Physical Activity (PA) and lifestyles behaviours to see whether children and youth are meeting the guidelines that were created in 2007:

  • Children and youth should accumulate 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous intensity PA daily.
  • Children and youth should spend less than two hours per day (out of school) in front of TV, computers, and gaming consoles.
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Good Practice Principles

Sport New Zealand has published a resource called 'Good Practice Principles: Children and Young People in Recreation and Sport'. This document sets out 10 principles for delivering sport and recreation to children (0-12 years) and young people (13-18 years). these principles should be applied by coaches, parents, instructors, teachers and administrators involved in leading, supporting or managing sport and recreation opportunities for young people.

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Participate in the Active Families category at Round the Bays!

Children under the age of 12, accompanied by an adult, can ride their scooters on the 6.5km course of the Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays event on Sunday 17th Feb! With a fun Finishers Festival at Kilbirnie Park, participating in the event will be a great family day out.

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