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Table 3 Influences on physical activity: key themes and concepts from focus groups

From: What do parents and preschool staff tell us about young children's physical activity: a qualitative study

Concept Themes
Facilitators    • Child's preference for activity
     • Positive parental, sibling or peer modelling
     • Access to safe play areas, organised activities and preschool or day care programs
     • Sense of social connectedness
Barriers    • Safety concerns (child and neighbourhood)
     • Time constraints
     • Financial restraints (lower socioeconomic)
     • Cultural values towards educational achievement (Middle-Eastern)
     • Regulations about equipment and sun exposure
Parents The inherent nature of young children is to be active and television is the biggest barrier to children being active.
Preschool staff The art of creative, active play needs to be restored in the lives of young children