Physical Activity in OSC

At SOSCN we are committed to encouraging physical activity and active play both indoors and outdoors at out of school care services. The health benefits of physical activity and active play are clear, and it is also recognised that they contribute to the overall wellbeing of children and adults- 'active' is included as one of the SHANARRI wellbeing indicators.

There is also plenty of evidence indicating that children, young people and adults are not leading sufficiently active lifestyles which is leading to higher levels of childhood obesity and diabetes, and ultimately leading to poorer health outcomes in later life.

We know that not everyone is either 'sporty' or competitive, however we believe that there are many ways to be active- physical games, gardening, dancing, skipping... anything which gets the heart pumping. We know that there may be barriers to undertaking activity such as a lack of confidence, fear of failure, and a disability or health condition.

Barriers should be seen merely as obstacles to be overcome and most activities can be adapted to suit abilities and above all they should be FUN!


We offer physical activity and wellbeing training sessions - for further information see:


Resources: Wellbeing Books Resources & Downloads
  • image for power_of_habit

    The Power of Habit - Why we do what we do, and how to change

    Author - Duhigg, Charles

    'In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us into the thrilling and surprising world of the scientific study of habits'

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    The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness

    Author - Prof Steve Peters

    'The Chimp Paradox is an incredibly powerful mind management model that can help you become a happy, confident, healthier and more successful person'

  • image for achieve_the_impossible

    Achieve the Impossible: How to Overcome Challenges and Gain Success in Life, Work and Sport

    Author - Prof Greg Whyte

    'How to overcome challenges and gain success in life, work and sport'

  • image for bounce

    Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice

    Author - Matthew Syed

    'Can we really ALL be the best? Is the idea of innate ability holding us back? Could the ability to fail - and then get over it - be fundamental to success?'

    'Entertaining, provoking and positive, BOUNCE reveals how we can ALL be exceptional'

  • image for inclusive_play

    Inclusive Play: Practical Strategies for Children from Birth to Eight (2nd Edition)

    Author - Theresa Casey

    'This extremely practical and child-focused book gives you the tools you need to make sure all the children in your care and included and involved in the play opportunities at you setting'

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    DVD - Project Wild Thing

    (Amazon £5.99)

    'A gripping story of the desperate struggle to lead our computer-crazed children back to nature'

last updated: 29/11/2023