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HEYA - Physical Activity

Before starting an award, please complete our online registration form. If you have any queries, contact the HEYA team:

The Healthy Early Years Awards in Physical Activity are designed to support reflective practice; a key area for completion of the award. At bronze level you will be gathering information and views of parents and staff, assessing your current provision and developing your policy to meet the HEYA Physical Activity Standards and the UK Chief Medical Officers' Physical Activity Guidelines. At silver level, you will be working on areas of development identified at bronze and further areas identified as a result of HEYA physical activity training. You will complete an action plan to address all areas identified and to meet all silver standards. You will be strengthening and monitoring the skills and opportunities offered in the setting and increasing your communication to parents and carers to support healthy choices for physical activity in the setting and at home.
Please read the flow chart and self-assessment form carefully:

Bronze flow chart (PDF 221KB)

Silver flow chart (PDF 182KB)

Please download all appropriate documentation as highlighted in the relevant sections below:

Physical Activity Guidance Links

UK Chief Medical Officers' Physical Activity Guidelines

You will also find supporting information and documentation at:

National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine website, including two information booklets with advice for physical activity with infants who cannot yet walk and one for walkers. They provide information on the importance of physical activity for children in the early years and appropriate types of activity as well as tips for reducing sedentary behaviour. Early years - NCSEM-EM

GOV.UK Physical development | Help for early years providers (

NCSEM Home Page

Physical Activity Guidelines for Early Years - Walkers

Physical Activity Guidelines for Early Years - Non-Walkers

Early Years Evidence Briefing

Early Years Practice Briefing


Bronze Award

Silver Award

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