Get active when it’s cold outside

Written by: Sarah Neville
26 February 2018

You might feel that there are many barriers to active outdoor learning in the winter, but they can easily be overcome with thoughtful planning and just a little imagination.


The recently revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS, 2017) states: ‘The Chief Medical Office has published guidance on physical activity that providers may wish to refer to’ in footnote 6, on page 8. The link in the EYFS takes us to a series of fact sheets, which tell us how much physical activity children and adults of varying ages should be doing each day – currently set at three hours a day for young children.

Physical activity can take place both inside and outside. The EYFS also tells us that we must provide an outside play area and ensure outdoor activities are planned and taken on a daily basis, unless the weather is unsafe. Many childminders lack space for very active play and learning in the house and often associate the outside area, or maybe the park, with active play because of the extra freedom for movement it allows.

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