Initial Response from the Children’s Activities Association (CAA) to the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on a Fit and Healthy Childhood: Physical Activity in Early Childhood
The CAA welcomes the report and supports the call for increased priority to be given to physical activity in the daily lives of young children.
The report was made possible by CAA Founding Member and Fully Accredited Gold Member, Water Babies.
The CAA would like to draw the APPG and the Government’s attention to the raft of examples of best practice that can be found within the growing list of CAA Fully Accredited Gold Members and we encourage health professionals, social workers and early years educators to adopt a coordinated approach to signposting families to developmentally beneficial activities to promote healthy, holistic development.
The CAA is particularly pleased to see that recommendation 4.6 includes an 'inspection system that challenges ineffective delivery (of active learning)’ as this is what is being delivered to all CAA members through the CAA independent accreditation process. The CAA is well-placed to assist with the ‘creation of National Quality Guidelines’ as the CAA accreditation process assesses the developmental benefits of children’s activities and makes recommendations for increasing the health benefits of the activity sessions for children.
The CAA is also well-placed to support EY PD/PA professionals as recommended in point 5.8 and would certainly make a valuable contribution to a EY PD/PA taskforce.
The CAA is developing a programme of training opportunities including the first Children’s Activity Leader NVQ Level 2 developed with Icon Training and would be willing to develop this to meet the needs of the PA/PD professionals.
CAA particularly welcomes the focus on activity for children with additional needs, and the recognition of the need for better understanding of the diversity of different communities and the impact this has on the access to activity by young children. The CAA is proud to highlight that inclusivity is criteria for successful completion of the training, programme and delivery modules of the CAA independent accreditation pathway. We welcome initiatives that further support participation in physical activities for children with additional needs and those that meet the needs of specific cultures. This is high on the CAA agenda evidenced by the recent announcement of the partnership between the CAA and the Caudwell Children charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.