What is an Active Start?
From 0-6 years, boys and girls need to be engaged in daily active play. Through play and movement, they develop the fundamental movement skills and learn how to link them together. At this stage developmentally appropriate activities will help participants feel competent and comfortable participating in a variety of fun and challenging activities and games. Key Concepts
- Physical activity should be a fun part of a child’s life everyday and is essential for healthy child development.
- Active play is key at this stage as it builds important connections within the brain, and between the brain and children’s muscles.
- Opportunities for exploration of risk and limits in safe environments.
- Unstructured access to a wide variety of colourful toys and equipment.
- Activities should help children feel competent and comfortable participating in a variety of fun and challenging activities and non-competitive games.
- For children with a disability, access to age and disability-appropriate adapted equipment is an important contributor to success been physically active.
- Daily physical activity with an emphasis on fun.
The goal of the Active Start program is to provide children, aged 2-6 years, the opportunity to master fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills.
This program is delivered by local champions at the community level such as Early Learning Centres, Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) and Community Sport and Recreation Councils. The intended outcome of this program is to develop children’s confidence in their ability to participate in sport and recreation activities to foster a lifelong enjoyment of activity - also known as Physical Literacy.
We provide NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) training as a part of the Active Start program. FMS is designed to teach coaches, early learning educators and community recreation leaders how to identify different levels of physical literacy in young children and different ways to help progress the physical development of a young individual. http://www.coachingpei.ca/nccp-training.html
Through support from Special Olympics PEI and ParaSport and Recreation PEI, there are tips within the lesson plans on how to lead the activities in an inclusive way. As well, Special Olympics PEI and Parasport and Recreation PEI have teamed up to create a one day training session for individuals who work with children on how to better teach fundamental movement skills to children with disabilities.