Healthy Children - June 2015

Physical Activity and Screen Time Recommendations for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Physical Activity Recommendations for Toddlers and Preschoolers

  • For children 12 months to 3 years old, at least 60-90 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity is provided per 8-hour day
  • For children 3 to 6 years old, at least 90-120 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity is provided per 8-hour day
  • Activities are varied between structured play and free play
  • Active play is promoted through written policies and practices

 

Screen Time Recommendations for Toddlers and Preschoolers:
(Time spent using the television, videos, computers, or video games)

  • No screen time is provided for children under the age of 2
  • For children age 2 and over, only 30 minutes total screen time per week and no more than
    15-minute increments of computer use is provided while in child care.
  • For all ages, no screen time is provided during meals or snack time.
  • Screen time is only for educational or physical activity programs and has no commercials or advertising.