Little Feet

It is never too early to establish healthy habits.

Our new resource, Little Feet, is a great way to encourage families with young children to commit to healthy travel throughout childhood - and hopefully for life!

Parent walking with child

Little Feet is tailored to support families’ understanding of the benefits of active, everyday journeys through fun and engaging games both parents/carers and teachers can run. Topics it covers include:

- Understanding the effects of exercise on the body
- Understanding what being healthy means
- How to stay safe on the roads
- Ways to look after the environment

It encourages families with children aged two to five years old to review and adapt their routines to allow for more active travel (cycling, walking, and scooting) on the way to or from pre-school/school.

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Little Feet has been successfully tried and tested across 25 early years settings and will be available to purchase soon!

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Why Little Feet is needed

( in 10 children aged 2-4 do not meet recommended daily activity levels
78% of early years settings are not involved in walking initiatives
More cars in the roads = more congestion and pollution

Walking all or part of the journey to or from pre-school is an easy and effective way to help families meet daily activity level recommendations. If we can encourage more children to enjoy the benefits of walking from a young age, unhealthy weight levels in primary school children should drop.

Little Feet also provides families with the opportunity to spend quality time together and it is the perfect chance for parent/carers to teach their child road safety skills and how too look after the environment.

70% of teachers found it easy to use in the classroom

88% of teachers found the resource to be age appropriate

Supports the EYFS framework and Ofsted descriptors 

Rewards and reinforces healthy choices 

Celebrates walking successes

Promotes school readiness

Instills healthy habits for life 

The successful delivery of Little Feet relies on a shared responsibility between early years setting and parent/carers. Children will learn about the benefits of being healthy more easily if they hear the same messages from their teacher and at home, so to get the most out of Little Feet it is essential to get parents/carers on board.

… and don’t forget, children learn best through repetition. Don’t worry if the children take a little time to get used to the some of the activities, it won’t be long until you start see the impact Little Feet can have!

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Recommended activity by age group

Children under five

180 minutes of physical activity throughout the day (light or energetic activity)

5-to-18-year-olds

60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity daily

Adults

30 minutes of moderate activity, five or more days a week

Don't just take our word for it

Find out more about recommended activity levels from the UK Department of Health and Loughborough University