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Encouraging active play

Encouraging active play

Moving is important for your child because it helps their brain develop and allows them to develop movement skills like running, jumping, balancing, and kicking. It also helps them develop a strong heart, strong muscles and bones, keep to a healthy weight, social skills and much more.

Babies should be able to move freely in safe spaces and have time on their tummy every day. Toddlers should be encouraged to be active through play for at least 180 minutes (3 hours) a day and under 5s should stay on the move and avoid sitting still for too long.

It's also important to limit the amount of time your child spends in a buggy, car seat or high chair as this can restrict their movement.

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Get support in York from play groups and opportunities in your local community. You can go swimming or utilise parks and green spaces in York.