Child Care Industry News June 9, 2015 -®
Child Care Industry News
June 9, 2015
Welcome, this week a contribution from Niki Kenny from Wynnum Family Day care and Education Service on bike riding as an educational experience and new research to show early childhood obesity may be linked to screen time limits.
Not just play
Bike riding as a fun educational experience
This article was written by Niki Kenny - Professional Development and Research Coordinator - Wynnum Family Day Care and Education Service

Bike riding allows children to express some of the natural play urges that are important in the development of their brains, including transporting, rotating, and playing 'running and chasey' games.

There are also lots of things that children can learn through riding bikes, depending on the space and resources available, as well as the educator's interactions and decision making.

Through bike riding, children can progress in the five learning outcomes of the EYLF in the following ways (these examples depend, of course, on the individuality of each child and the differences in each educator's environment):
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Just an hour of TV a day linked to unhealthy weight in kids
New research from America shows that even small amounts of passive screen time can have a detrimental effect on a child's weight and again raise the question whether stricter limits are necessary.

Research from the Pediatric Academic Societies shows that kindergartners and first-graders who watched as little as one hour of television a day were more likely to be overweight or obese compared to children who watched TV for less than 60 minutes each day.

Efforts to fight the childhood obesity epidemic have typically focused on encouraging kids to be more active and previous studies have shown that children who watch a lot of TV are at risk for being overweight. However, studies have not looked specifically at the link between TV watching and obesity among kindergartners.
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