The Challenge

  • Recent insight from the Greater Manchester Moving Plan for Physical Activity and Sport (2017) shows that only 9% of 2-4 year olds are active for the recommended 180 minutes per day as set out in the UK Chief Medical Officer’s physical activity guidelines.
  • Priority 3 for GM Moving is to ‘Ensure young people aged 0-4 have the best active start in life with physical literacy prioritised as a central feature of starting well’.
  • Around a third of children in Greater Manchester are not meeting a good level of development by the end of reception (age 5). Results vary across Greater Manchester but there is a clear correlation between deprivation (i.e. children in receipt of free school meals) and those with English as an additional language (EAL) and those not achieving a good level of development.

Our Approach

We work to advocate for and position physical activity as an important way of life for children. We are a small team from an early years/coaching background with special interests in physical development and parent and infant mental health & wellbeing. We work with a team of partners from a broad range of backgrounds including Physiotherapy, Teaching, Coaching, and Sports Development to work closely with you/your team to promote physical activity for the Under 5s.

We offer a range of options to help up-skill you and your team in all aspects of physical development for young children including Training & Mentoring and the Physical Development Champion scheme, as well as training and/or delivery of our Let’s Play programmes. Whether you work as a Teacher, an Early Years Practitioner, an FE College Lecturer, a Health Visitor, a School Nurse, a Midwife, an Activity Provider, a Coach, a Volunteer, or you have a role where you work with children and young families and you would like to know more about the importance of Physical Development and Physical Activity for young children, have a chat with us.

Watch here to hear about how our Physical Development Training has gone onto inspire a leading Early Years Consultant - Kathy Brodie, and shape her thinking and practice. 

Start Well

We work closely with the Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership who are leading on the Start Well plan. Focusing on the following outcome “More GM Children will reach a good level of development cognitively, socially and emotionally” we have brought together a task & finish group to focus on Physical Development in the early years. Our multi-agency team consists of professionals working across Greater Manchester in roles such as Physiotherapy, OT, Early Years and Sports Development, Public Health, and the Family Nurse Partnership and we are focusing on the most effective ways of disseminating key messages around Physical Development for early years, as well as looking how to embed Physical Development across the system.

For more information on our work watch here.

Examples of our work