The Daily Mile for HAF Settings – 2023
The aim of The Daily Mile is to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of our children – regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances.Read on below
The aim of The Daily Mile is to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of our children – regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances.
What is The Daily Mile?
- Children run, wheel, jog and walk outdoors for 15 minutes a day at their own pace while staff engage with and encourage them. It’s non-competitive, social and fun.
Why do The Daily Mile in your HAF setting?
- The Daily Mile is simple to organise, the children enjoy it, and it improves the physical and mental health of children and staff.
- It does not require any training, equipment, or investment, and will achieve 15 minutes of the DfE’s requirement for each HAF setting to deliver 60 minutes of moderate to vagarious physical activity.
- 2 million children already take in schools across England, so implementing The Daily Mile in your HAF setting will ensure continuous participation throughout the holidays.
How to set-up The Daily Mile in your HAF setting?
- Identify a route in a safe outdoor area.
- Choose a good surface where the children can run or wheel. No need for a track. Risk assess your route to check for trip hazards, changes of level, pinch points or obstacles. The laps should be quite short so the children end up running typically between 5 and 10 laps.
- Download our full set-up guide here.
Nutrition and The Daily Mile:
- The Department for Education states that HAF providers must include an element of nutritional education each day aimed at improving the knowledge and awareness of healthy eating for children.
- Use our free Mission Kids Fit For Life resources on nutrition and hydration to help children learn the links between food, health and The Daily Mile.
Special Educational Needs (SEN):
- Children with special needs are supported to take part along with everyone else. We have some specific guidance about this here.
The Daily Mile Badges:
- Children enjoy a challenge and love being outside with their friends, so why not give them extra motivation to take part by choosing from one of our ‘I Spy’ resource. To download the picture sheet, click here.