Most parents realise exercise is important for children to keep them healthy while they’re growing up, as well as when they’re adults. But studies also suggest physical activity and sport have an effect not just on children’s physical development, but their social and emotional development too.

One report from the University of Oxford and Loughborough University even claims there’s a strong link between physically active children and improved self-esteem, confidence, attention span and performance at school.

According to Public Health England, many parents tend to overestimate how active their children are. If your children aren’t as active as they should be, you may also blame the TV, internet or computer games. But there are easy and even enjoyable ways to get your children – and the rest of the family – up and moving.

The following help-sheet gives practical tips on how much exercise children need, different types of activity and some suggestions for family activities as well as details of where you can go if you need further information.