Regular physical activity is important for everyone, but it is especially important for young children. Child care providers can be positive role models as they work with the children in their care. The routines and habits that are started early in life will be easier to continue as the children grow. Children who have opportunities for active play several times a day will find it easier to come back and focus on small motor and cognitive tasks.
Planning times for active play doesn't have to be stressful for child care providers. For more information on physical activity for children, take a look at the following eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care articles:
The National Association for Sport and Physical Education has more specific physical activity guidelines for children birth - age 5 in their Active Start publication.