ERIC Number: EJ1019421
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
Factors that Limit and Enable Preschool-Aged Children's Physical Activity on Child Care Centre Playgrounds
Coleman, Bianca; Dyment, Janet E.
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v11 n3 p203-221 Oct 2013
The incidence of childhood obesity amongst preschool-aged children has increased dramatically in recent years and can be attributed, in part, to a lack of physical activity amongst children in this age group. This study explores the social factors that stand to limit and/or enable children's physical activity opportunities in outdoor settings in child care centres. In-depth qualitative interviews were conducted with 16 educators from four child care centres in Tasmania, Australia, to ascertain the educators' perceptions of children's physical activity and the child care centre policies and practices that stand to limit and/or enable physical opportunities on outdoor playgrounds in child care centres. The major finding of this study is that, despite educators' positive perceptions of the importance of physical activity for preschool-aged children, child care centre policies and practices relating to children's safety and supervision during outdoor times are limiting educators' abilities to facilitate more structured physical activity opportunities for children in care. Educators also recognized that a lack of training limited their ability to provide physical activity opportunities. This article discusses the implications of these findings and concludes with a number of recommendations for future childhood obesity intervention strategies that can be implemented for preschool-aged children in child care centres.
Descriptors: Child Care Centers, Playground Activities, Physical Activity Level, Preschool Children, Obesity, Health Related Fitness, Caregiver Attitudes, Supervision, Child Safety, Teacher Role, Foreign Countries, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia