Why get active?

Being physically active is really important for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. It helps to build strong bones, muscles, a healthy heart and helps develop social skills and encourages a sense of wellbeing. 

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10 Health Benefits Facts 

Physical activity helps a child to…

  1. Develop their senses,
  2. Develop good strength, balance and posture,
  3. Learn about how their bodies work,
  4. Build social and emotional bonds,
  5. Develop essential movement skills,
  6. Develop strong bones,
  7. Improve their self confidence,
  8. Lay foundations for a lifetime of fitness, 
  9. Improve coordination and flexibility, and
  10. Maintain a healthy body weight.

Places to get active

If you're looking for somewhere local to get active, we've got details of thousands of great places right across Ireland - from playgrounds to pitches - we've got the low down on where you and the kids can get active and have some fun. There's something for all the family. Why not try something new?

What do I need to do?

We all know that kids need to be active each and everyday, it helps to build strong bones, muscles, a healthy heart as well as developing a sense of wellbeing. You might also be surprised to know that your toddler or preschooler need to be active every day for at least three hours, spread throughout the day need, to keep fit and healthy. Our easy guide tells you how much physical activity your child needs each day and gives you some creative ideas for keeping your child active.

Tips to get active

The thought of getting more physical activity into your busy daily schedule may seem daunting. So we've come up with ten easy tips that will get all the family moving and guarantee some fun. Quick Fact: encouraging your kids to be active now means they’re more likely to grow up and become physically fit adults.

How to get active

Our Health Promotion Teams are teaming with preschools to provide extra opportunities to promote physical activity for toddlers and preschoolers, click here to read more.


I remember taking a photograph the first time my son discovered he could put his toes in his mouth and the look of pure amazement on his face. I was lying beside him on the bed while he was lying on his back touching and grabbing his feet. Then he brought up his tiny, little foot further towards his mouth and suddenly hey presto, he popped his toes into his mouth. His gummy smile spread across his face and his eyes lit up in sheer delight.

Peter, Donegal