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Children in childcare not getting enough physical activity

Many children are now enrolled in some type of childcare while their parents work, many for multiple hours a day, several days a week.

Given the increasingly busy schedules of today’s families, parents often rely on early childhood educators (ECEs) in childcare centres to supply children with their daily physical activity, as well as other opportunities for nurturing their development.

But are they prepared for the challenge? The evidence suggests we may be placing an unfair burden on these education specialists.

Occupational Therapy professor Trish Tucker, along with Health & Rehabilitation Sciences alumna Leigh Vanderloo, examine this issue in a piece for The Conversation.

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