How actively do children travel to their pre-school setting?
Oxford, Liz; Pollock, Jon
© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Background: Physical activity in early childhood can impact favourably on later child and adult health and walking or cycling for transport, otherwise known as 'active travel', is recommended as a way of increasing activity levels in children and adults. This preliminary study focussed on active travel amongst pre-school aged children, an age group that has received little attention in this respect. It aimed to determine the prevalence of active travel in four pre-school settings and assess factors influencing travel patterns. Methods: A cross sectional travel survey in four pre-schools: two in each of two contrasting socio-economic neighbourhoods was completed in April 2013. Results: 289 questionnaires were completed i.e. a response rate of 83.5%. Analysis focussed on the four pre-schools since sample heterogeneity precluded neighbourhood comparisons. Active travel prevalence for children usually arriving and/or collected for each pre-school was 40.8% (A), 56.9% (B), 34.1% (C) and 60.0% (D). Regression analysis showed that distance to pre-school, weather and other travel commitments independently predicted active travel. Conclusion: This preliminary study identified factors associated with active travel amongst pre-school aged children and issues warranting further research. Addressing these could assist in developing effective strategies to promote active travel in the early years of life.
Oxford, L., & Pollock, J. (2014). How actively do children travel to their pre-school setting?. Journal of Transport and Health, 2(2), 151-159. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2015.02.002
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Feb 13, 2015|
|Publication Date||Jun 26, 2014|
|Journal||Journal of Transport and Health|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||survey, travel, pre-school, transport, distance|
|Related Public URLs||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2015.02.002|