For Parents and Carers
The Daily Mile is a social activity, wherein the children run or jog – at their own pace – in the fresh air with friends for 15 minutes every day. It is a profoundly simple and effective concept that any primary or nursery school can implement free of charge without the need for staff training. Read more on ‘About The Daily Mile’Read on below
What is The Daily Mile?
The children jog or run with their classmates in the safety of their school environment. Everyone has fun taking part – it is not P.E. nor is it competitive – while building relationships, confidence and resilience. This can be summed up in our ‘Five F’s’:
Fitness – children become more aware of a healthy lifestyle
Fresh Air – children thrive on the sights, sounds and seasons
Friends- children use the language of friendship to support each other, improving their social and leadership skills
Fun – children enjoy taking part – this is what makes The Daily Mile so successful
Focus – daily physical activity helps children concentrate in the classroom and is proven to raise attainment
If your child is doing The Daily Mile at school you can support this at home, by both encouraging their confidence in running and moving outside with them out of school hours. Parents say that The Daily Mile helps children to eat and sleep better and that often they become young ambassadors for whole family fitness!
If you would like your child’s school to consider doing The Daily Mile, we encourage you to reach out to them! We can provide the help and support to get the school/s started and are always excited to bring more schools into our global Daily Mile community. Please see below a resource we’ve created that may assist you in approaching your child’s school about starting The Daily Mile.
The Daily Mile is brilliant. Both my boys love it. I am sure they are easier to teach, more cooperative and concentrate better after expelling their excess energy. I am delighted that you are showing them how accessible daily activity is, that it should be done every day and that it doesn’t take much time.Anon., Parent at Westways Primary school in Sheffield