Now that the days are longer, and in the most part, drier too, we encourage families to walk to and from the nursery.
Chief Medical Officers in the UK recommend that children should do at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise every day.
Even a short walk to school contributes to physical activity targets for children and adults. Supporting children to be more physically active from a young age increases the likelihood that they will continue to be physically active as teenagers and into adulthood.
Regular outdoor exercise tends to have an immediate impact on children’s behaviour in the classroom.
The walk to school with parents and carers also provides an opportunity for children to learn life-long road safety skills.
Children who have walked to school from a young age are likely to feel more prepared with the skills required to transition to greater independent travel.
Children become more aware of their local surroundings. Our nursery at Hampstead Garden Suburb is located in the leafy surrounds of Lyttelton Park, and families are lucky to walk through the park each day to get to the nursery. This connects them with nature and the changing seasons. The benefits of a good walk can be seen in everyone, even through the coldest, wettest or snowiest days. Children tend to arrive with a smile on their face.
All these combined means that families are developing healthy lifelong habits, with the added benefit of reducing congestion at the school gates.
Call 0207 431 3823 to book a tour of Keren’s Nursery in Holland Park, Hampstead Garden Suburb or Belsize Park.