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Interventions to Improve Child Physical Activity in the Early Childhood Education and Care Setting: An Umbrella Review
journal contributionposted on 2023-02-15, 23:00 authored by M Lum, L Wolfenden, J Jones, A Grady, H Christian, K Reilly, Serene YoongSerene Yoong
Early childhood education and care (ECEC) services are a key setting to support improvements in the physical activity of young children. This umbrella review gathered and synthesised systematic review evidence of the effectiveness of interventions in the ECEC setting on the physical activity levels of children aged 0–6. We also mapped the current evidence to the existing ECEC sector-specific physical activity practice recommendations. Five electronic databases were searched to identify systematic reviews that evaluated the impact of any ECEC-based interventions on the physical activity levels (e.g., moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, total physical activity) of children aged 0–6. One reviewer extracted data on intervention effectiveness and quality of the reviews, checked by a second reviewer. Ten reviews were included. Overall, the majority of the reviews found interventions delivered in ECEC improved child physical activity. Across reviews, the impact of six intervention strategies were identified, mapped to four (of eight) broad recommendations (i.e., providing opportunity, offering educator training, educators promoting the benefits of physical activity, creating a physical activity-promoting environment). The impact of the majority of recommendations, however, did not have systematic review evidence. Further investigation of the effectiveness of ECEC-based physical activity strategies is required to demonstrate support for the existing recommended practices.
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Article numberARTN 1963
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Science & TechnologyLife Sciences & BiomedicineEnvironmental SciencesPublic, Environmental & Occupational HealthEnvironmental Sciences & Ecologyphysical activityearly childhood education and careumbrella reviewintervention strategiespolicies and practicesSEDENTARY BEHAVIORChildChild, PreschoolExerciseFamilyHumansInfantInfant, NewbornSystematic Reviews as TopicPreventionPediatricMind and Body3 Prevention of disease and conditions, and promotion of well-being3.1 Primary prevention interventions to modify behaviours or promote wellbeingOral and gastrointestinalMetabolic and endocrine4 Quality Education