The present research aims to explore ways of measuring the movement-related behaviours of preschool-aged children, suitable for use on a large scale, with the primary aim being to develop and evaluate a population level measurement tool to assess the movement-related behaviours (physical activity, sedentary behaviours and sleep) of pre-school aged population samples.
The early years are a critical period for the growth and development of young children. There is an emerging body of evidence showing the importance of physical activity, sedentary behaviours and sleep on a range of health and developmental outcomes of preschool-aged children. Despite this, there is a gap in the literature on the best ways of measuring the movement-related behaviours of pre-school children at population level or on a large scale.
Design and methods used
The research involves a range of methods, including: a systematic review, workshops, focus groups, and survey based research. The participants involved in the research are pre-school aged children (3-4 years old), and their parents or carers. Recruitment for the research has focused on targeting individuals from socio-economically deprived communities.
The project involves parents and carers of pre-school children in various ways, both with the design and direction of the research, including how the research will be conducted and what this will involve. In addition to this, the new tool devised as part of the project will be developed with parents and carers to ensure that the outcomes are appropriate and feasible to these individuals.
The findings will be disseminated through a range of methods, these will include: conferences, journal articles, briefs and blogs, and at any appropriate public facing events.
The protocol for this systematic review is published on the international Prospective Register for Systematic Reviews (PROSPERO), registration number CRD42019133613.
The systematic review titled: ‘A systematic review of the utility, including validity, reliability, and feasibility, of measurement tools used to assess the physical activity and sedentary behaviours of preschool children’, is being presented at the International and European Congress on Obesity in September 2020.