The importance of physical activities for child development

At Wimbledon Day Nursery, physical activity is a very important part of our daily childcare regime.  It is an undisputed fact that physical activity and physical development in children during their early years has numerous health benefits.  We are a leader amongst nursery schools in Wimbledon promoting physical development in early childhood – we know the countless benefits this can have on your child’s wellbeing and growth.

Physical benefits:

Regular physical activity helps your child’s motor and movement skills in addition to maintaining healthy body weight as part of a solid nutritional programme.  Physical exercise helps to build healthy bones, muscles, heart and lungs. Movements at a moderate to vigorous intensity is linked to even greater health benefits and this can be incorporated by playing outdoor games and learning new physical activities.

The benefits of physical activity for the brain:

Physical development in early childhood also has many benefits for brain function as well as promoting healthy growth and a good bodyweight.  Physical activities can play an important role in developing the brain and supporting essential mental functions.

Exercise help To:

  • improve motor skills such as hand-eye coordination
  • better cognitive function
  • problem-solving skills
  • better attention capacity
  • improved learning
  • Promotes strong friendships and team-building skills

The benefits of physical activity for mental and emotional health:

Physical activity can help with symptoms of anxiety or depression in small children as well as helps in tackling challenging behaviours.  Physical activity is known for maintaining mental wellbeing.  During exercise, the brain releases endorphins which are known as the ‘feel-good’ chemicals.  These improve mood, increase energy levels and can improve sleeping habits.  Kids who are active during the day generally have a good attitude towards life and are better sleepers.

Wimbledon Day Nursery is also sometimes referred to as Wimbledon House nursery which includes physical activity and exercise as part of the children’s daily timetable.  We are leaders amongst day nurseries in Wimbledon to promote physical development in children and have a reputation amongst nursery schools in Wimbledon as providers of A-grade care.  Our website explains more

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