Current Projects

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TEACH

The purpose of the Training EArly CHildhood educators in physical activity (TEACH) study is to develop and implement a physical activity and sedentary behaviour e-Learning training module for post-secondary Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs to better support students’ related learning.

 

The hope is to scaffold ECE students’ self-efficacy, and provide them with the tools necessary, to promote and lead physical activity opportunities in childcare settings.

PLAY

Currently, formal written physical activity policy is lacking in Canadian childcare centres. The purpose of the PhysicaL ActivitY (PLAY) Policy pilot study was to explore the effects of implementing a written physical activity policy has on toddlers’ and preschoolers’ physical activity levels. This institutional level policy provides Early Childhood Educators with guidance on the appropriate daily physical activity, outdoor play, and (reduced) screen time affordances in childcare.

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RETURN TO PLAY

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, many children’s opportunities for physical activity and play have changed. Schools, outdoor playgrounds, and sports facilities that previously supported movement opportunities have been deemed inaccessible. The purpose of this study is to explore Ontario parents’ perspectives regarding their children's return to play opportunities that support physical activity during and post-pandemic. In addition, children's (< 12 years) voices regarding the COVID-19 pandemic on their play opportunities are being explored.  The findings from this work will share import insights regarding Ontario families Return to Play/Sport plans during and post the COVID-19 pandemic.

ACT-I-PASS

The ACT-i-Pass is a free community-based physical activity program in London, Ontario that offers grade five children free access to recreational facilities across the city. London’s Child and Youth Network, along with partners, developed the program to increase children’s access to physical activity opportunities, which can benefit their overall health and well-being. Program evaluation examines the influence of the pass on children's access to recreational programming and their engagement in physical activity.

For more information on the ACT-i-Pass program, please go to www.playeveryday.ca.

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