Moving for children

It's important for all children, from birth to eighteen, to keep moving to help with their physical development, wellbeing and mental health. The restrictions to our permitted movement as a result of Covid-19 means that it could be harder to help our children move enough. As more locations have re-opened, more ways to keep moving have become available to us, including the re-opening of outdoor playgrounds. We've pulled together a number of different resources that are freely available online to help you and your children keep moving. Click here to view what activity is permitted whilst Greater Manchester is in Covid alert level tier 3.

The Daily Mile at Home

The Daily Mile are encouraging children and families to keep up with doing their Daily Miles whilst observing social distancing. They are releasing Family Fun Challenges three times a week to help enjoy The Daily Mile at Home. Find out more and access the challenges here.

Disney dance-alongs

Created by This Girl Can - find them all online here.

Change4Life Indoor activities

Easy ways for kids to keep active indoors - find them all online here.

Change4Life activities for children with disabilities

Please note, not all of these activities are recommended during this time of physical distancing - view them online here.

BBC Super Movers

The BBC Super Movers website contains a host of free online videos & fun curriculum linked resources to get children moving while they learn. The videos feature a plethora of professional sportsmen & women as well as celebrities to engage children even further. Visit the website here.

Get Kids Moving

A selection of workouts that put the fun back into fitness and help engage kids. Children can train alongside their favourite superheroes from the comfort of their home. Get involved here.

Activities and resources for children under 5

Top 10 Tips for movement. 

A set of 3 leaflets that are free to download for parents and carers to support their children's physical development from babies through to pre school. The leaflets give simple ideas and activities to keep those little ones moving, all of which can be done in the home with limited space and resources. Click on the titles below to download.

Top 10 Tips for Movement- Baby

Top 10 Tips for Movement - Toddler

Top 10 Tips for Movement - Pre- School

Early Movers

A free online resource to help parents keep their under fives moving and developing physically. Access the free activities here.

Free home learning resources

Youth Sport Trust have made resources available to help support children with Physical Education within the home environment. Access the resources here.

The Body Coach

Joe Wicks, The Body Coach, has produced a number of short, fun workout videos especially for children. The videos are available on The Body Coach YouTube TV channel along with videos that adults/parents can access too. Watch the videos here.

British Cycling Daily Activity Calendar

British Cycling has launched a daily activity calendar to keep kids moving and help them to develop new skills. The full suite of games and activities can be found here.

Funetics

England Athletics have launched a series of videos show parents and children (aged 4-11) taking part in fun activities based on fundamental core movement skills: running, jumping and throwing. Watch the videos here.

Tennis at Home

The LTA has pulled together 12 fun activities and exercises that parents and children can play at home, to hone their tennis skills while getting crucial exercise. Watch the videos here.

Exercising with your child

This Girl Can has a number of ways you can exercise with your child (please note, not all of these activities are recommended during this time of physical distancing) - view them online here.

Travel to Tokyo

The Tokyo 2020 Games may not be happening this year but you can still get active, stay connected and win prizes with Travel to Tokyo; Team GB and Paralympics GB’s official, free programme for children aged 5-11 and their families to do at home. Access the resources here.

Premier League Primary Stars

Premier League Primary Stars have made their school-curriculum linked resources available for home learning, with no registration. These will support those looking for ways to educate, entertain children and keep them active. Access the resources here.

Alphabet Fitness Bingo

A 35 day workout challenge for children to do with their families at home. Access the resource here.

Go Noodle

Anyone can access these free online videos that encourage children to be active & have fun. They engage 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home & everywhere kids are! Visit the website here.

Cosmic Kids Yoga & Mindfulness

Free online videos that can be watched & followed at home by children, adults & families alike. Access themed yoga lessons, mindfulness activities & relaxation sessions from the comfort of your home. View them here.

Yoga for Teenagers

A video by Yoga with Adriene specifically designed for teenagers wanting to do yoga. Watch it here.

Questr

Questr Scan & Seek have created an area on their website with free active English & Science games for parents & kids. The activities will give parents the opportunity to support their children to have fun while they continue to learn at home. Sign up to receive the resources here.

Young Champions

Created by sports coaches, movement specialists and sports scientists to provide young children with home practice sessions to develop fitness, motor and sports skills. Sign up for free here.

For Schools

Supporting pupils at home 

  • Real PE at Home - Create Development are making their real play at home resource free for any family to access whilst schools are closed. Click here to view the real play at home video & preview what this looks like. Any school interested should send an expression of interest email to [email protected]
  • imoves - imoves are offering every teacher the opportunity to sign up for their students to get free access to the imovement platform at home. Pupils can stay active & healthy even if they can't go to school. The platform offers fun, active learning resources that change daily & much more! Sign up now here.

Guidance for schools for a safe return to PE and school sport

  • Youth Sport Trust - have created a number of resources to support the widening of provision in schools with some year groups returning from 1st June. The resources found in the link here should be used in line with Government and statutory guidance and are focused on the principles and practicalities of delivering PE and sport under current restrictions.
  • AfPE - The Association for Physical Education have created a guidance document to help schools interpret the government guidance from a PE school sport and physical activity context. Access the document here
  • Greater Manchester School Games Network - The school games organisers from across Greater Manchester have created a document to support teachers and non- PE specialists to incorporate physical activity into the ‘new normal’ for schools during the global pandemic. Access the document here
  • The Daily Mile - The Daily Mile™ foundation have developed a new resource to safely support schools with the continuation of The Daily Mile, whilst maintaining social distancing. The ideas have been kept as simple as possible, helping schools and staff to fit them into the school day with the minimum of fuss. For more information and access to the guidance visit here.