Plan an activity which supports children’s exercise in an outdoor space.

Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 1.2: Support healthy lifestyles for children through exercise
Learning outcome: Be able to support children’s exercise in an outdoor space
Assessment criteria: Plan an activity which supports children’s exercise in an outdoor space.


There are several factors to consider when planning an outdoor activity to support children’s exercise. These include the interests of the children, their age group, energy levels, and any individual needs. It is also important to carry out a risk assessment and have appropriate time, space and equipment available.

Children’s interests will vary depending on their age, stage of development and personal preferences so it is important to select an appropriate activity for the group and the individual children within the group.


It is also important to consider how much energy the children have, as some activities may be too strenuous. Inclusivity is another important factor, and activities should be chosen that meet the needs of all children.

When carrying out a risk assessment, it is important to consider the potential hazards and how to minimise them. This includes considering the environment, the equipment and the children’s abilities.


Finally, it is important to have adequate time, space, staffing and equipment for the chosen activity. This will ensure that the activity can be carried out safely and effectively.

Possible outdoor activities could include :

  • A scavenger hunt
  • An obstacle course
  • A treasure hunt
  • Nature walks
  • Bike rides
  • A walk in the community
  • Skipping
  • Dancing
  • Playing catch, frisbee or other throwing and catching games
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