Activities For Children
Physical Activity Guidelines
The following are guidelines from the Chief Medical Officer on how much physical activity children should do per week:
Infants (less than 1 year):
- Infants should be physically active several times every day in a variety of ways, including interactive floor-based activity, e.g. crawling.
- For infants not yet mobile, this includes at least 30 minutes of tummy time spread throughout the day while awake.
Toddlers (1-2 years):
- Toddlers should spend at least 180 minutes per day in a variety of physical activities at any intensity, including active and outdoor play.
Pre-schoolers (3-4 years):
- Pre-schoolers should spend at least 180 minutes per day in a variety of physical activities spread throughout the day, including active and outdoor play. This should include at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity.
Children and Young People (5 to 18 years)
- Children and young people should engage in moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity for an average of at least 60 minutes per day across the week. This can include all forms of activity such as physical education, active travel, after-school activities, play and sports.
- Children and young people should aim to minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary, and when physically possible