What is Active Start?
Active Start is a programme to help you to connect with and support your child through play and movement. Discover new activities to try indoors and outdoors as a family, and find out about active play and how to support your child to be happy, ready to learn and active as they grow.
Active Start is being rolled out to early years settings across Allerdale and Copeland, funded by Sellafield. Ask your nursery if Active Start will be happening in your setting.
What if Active Start isn't happening in your nursery?
No problem, you will find lots of tips and resources below to help you to give your child the best Active Start possible.
How to move?
Get involved in ‘Active Play’ right from the start – encourage your baby to move and practice reaching, grasping, pulling and pushing whilst moving their bodies on a daily basis. As they grow and develop, support them to use their own bodies to crawl, walk, run, jump and climb.
Just as important is to limit the amount of time babies and young children are sedentary as sitting or lying still for long periods of time can be harmful as it may lead to health problems later on.
Get involved ...
Try out one of our Active Start activities below and remember practice is key when supporting your child to develop their physical abilities.