Active Start is the early years physical activity programme that aims to have an impact on a child’s lifelong participation in sport and physical activity. It offers training courses for nurseries, childminders and other professionals, free online course and instructor training so others can deliver Move and Explore sessions in their area. Helping them to support the physical activity levels and physical development opportunities for young children.
ActiveStart has a long history of working in the early years sector. Originally established in 2008 by Active Gloucestershire, Active Start went on to work in over 25 Children’s Centres and other early years settings across Gloucestershire. The aim was to support and up skill the early years workforce in to increase physical activity among young children.
Through this work, Active Start adopted a child-centered approach, which integrated the provision of physical activity into the day-to-day running of an early years setting rather than creating additional work for staff. It was developed closely in partnership with experienced early years practitioners to ensure that it met the standards required to be a useful resource for settings.
Now Active Connections is delighted to bring the knowledge and insight gained through Active Start and other projects into an easy to use, one stop portal for those working with young children. The portal will provide low cost, effective CPD opportunities, inspire through ideas and resources, and provide direct to child activity videos all with the aim of making children more active and develop life long physical skills.
Move and Explore
Move and Explore is the delivery programme of Active Start. It uses the information and development of the Active Start programme to put in place a child centre programme that has short and long term impacts on a child’s physical activity. Move and Explore focuses on developing young children’s skills to explore the world around them, to be confident in their physical literacy and have the confidence to try new thing as they move through childhood.
Move and Explore is offered to professionals wanting to offer an high quality physical activity programme. All Move and Explore deliverers must complete the Active Start Core training and attend regular workshops to maintain the high standard.