Outline the benefits of exercise for children

Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 1.2: Support healthy lifestyles for children through exercise
Learning outcome: Understand children’s need for exercise
Assessment criteria: Outline the benefits of exercise for children


Exercise has many benefits for children, including improving physical health, promoting social and emotional well-being, and providing opportunities for cognitive development.

Regular exercise can help children maintain a healthy weight, build strong bones and muscles, improve cardiovascular fitness, and reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension.


Exercise also helps children develop fine and gross motor skills, coordination, balance and cognitive development as children learn to plan, execute, and monitor their movements.

In addition, exercise can help to improve social and emotional well-being by promoting positive self-esteem, teamwork, and social interaction.


All of these benefits of exercise make it an essential part of a child’s daily routine.

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