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ERIC Number: EJ846438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0312-5033
Constraints and Facilitators for Physical Activity in Family Day Care
O'Connor, Justen P.; Temple, Viviene A.
Australian Journal of Early Childhood, v30 n4 p1-9 Dec 2005
Movement-seeking behaviours should be fostered in young children to maximise their potential to adopt and maintain a physically active lifestyle. This study examined the constraints and facilitators to meaningful movement for children in family day care. The views of key stakeholders (caregivers, parents, and coordination unit staff) were examined via focus group interviews and questionnaires. There was general agreement among stakeholders that physical activity is an important part of young children's lives and should be an essential component of family day care. However, there was concern about the variability in provision of opportunities for physical activity and that the variability reflected individual caregivers' predilection. Despite this, there was little support for structured or programmed physical activity. The major barriers to physical activity described by stakeholders reflected a confluence of environmental and social factors. Major facilitating factors mentioned were training and resources for caregivers. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia