Physical Activity in the Early Years
Guess what? Children are more active when they are outdoors. Simply taking children outdoors allows them to move their bodies in different ways - they can be bigger, louder and faster! You have probably experienced this already with the children you work with! In this session Leah and I will share the fundamentals of physical literacy in the early years and connect this all to getting outside. We will also discuss risky play and the role educators have in supporting this important experience for children. You will leave this session with practical ideas and resources for supporting outdoor play and physical activity outdoors.
Audience: Early childhood educators and kindergarten teachers.
** This session will include a draw for a resource pack from the Be Fit for Life Centre.
Leah Yardley is the Coordinator of the Be Fit For Life Centre at the University of Calgary. She holds a Kinesiology degree and is a CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologist. She is passionately involved in the promotion of health and wellness to the surrounding community and has a deep dedication to the future health of people today.
Christina Pickles has been connecting people of all ages with the natural world for 20 years in the badlands, forests, streams and streets. Six years ago she was challenged to develop a program to support nature connection and outdoor experiences for young children. Through creating this program, she learned about the importance of play. It was eye-opening for her and she has pivoted her work to put play at the centre of all she does. She believe it is the best way children (and adults) connect with nature, their communities, their bodies and each other.
She live along the banks of the Bow River with my husband and 6 year old daughter.