The Daily Mile for HAF Settings

The Daily Mile is a free and simple children’s health initiative that involves nursery and primary school children running, jogging, wheeling or walking for 15 minutes every day.

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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.

The Daily Mile at your HAF Setting

  • As per the Department for Education’s requirements, all children participating in your HAF programme should engage in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day.
  • The Daily Mile is a fun and free method of achieving 15 of those 60 minutes.
  • It is an approved HAF initiative that is evidenced to positively impact the physical, emotional, social and mental wellbeing of children – regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances.
  • The Daily Mile is a profoundly simple but effective concept, which any HAF provider can implement completely free of charge and without the need for staff training.
  • It was started by a Head Teacher in Scotland, and has grown to incorporate over 14,000 schools and 3 million children in 87 countries.
  • Why not check to see if the schools near your HAF setting do The Daily Mile via our global map.

How to set-up The Daily Mile

  • Download your free set-up guide
  • This guide will take you through the 8 simple steps to establishing The Daily Mile correctly.
  • Importantly, The Daily Mile is not competitive and not necessarily about reaching a mile in distance. Instead, it should be a fun and social activity where children run, jog, walk or wheel for 15 minutes in the fresh air.
  • Before starting, you should apply our Risk Assessment (or your own) to your desired route.

Other useful links when starting your Daily Mile

Welcome Pack The Benefits of Physical Activity Letter for Parents

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 new The Daily Mile Challenge Badges.
  • More info, including how to take part, 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.
  • Find out how to link your physical activity to healthy nutrition and hydration through our fun resources, videos and challenges via our partner initiative, Mission Kids Fit For Life.
  • Why not also theme your Daily Mile with fruit and veg by placing pictures of fruit/veg around your route and asking children to place stickers on the foods they have eaten that day, week or month.