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Table 1 Descriptive characteristics of children included in analyses (n = 202)

From: UK Preschool-aged children’s physical activity levels in childcare and at home: a cross-sectional exploration

  Boys Girls
Child Characteristics
N (%) 99 (49) 103 (51)
 Age (in months) 47.4 (5.2) 47.7 (4.8)
 Ethnicity (N (%))
  White British 70 (70.7) 80 (77.7)
  White Other 9 (9.1) 11 (10.7)
  Mixed Ethnicity 13 (13.1) 6 (5.8)
  Other 7 (7.1) 6 (5.8)
 BMI z-score 0.47 (0.97) 0.30 (1.03)
 Weight categorya (N (%))
  Normal 83 (83.8) 87 (84.5)
  Overweight 13 (13.1) 11 (10.7)
  Obese 3 (3.1) 5 (4.9)
 Average daily hours in childcare 5.8 (2.5) 5.4 (2.5)
Maternal Characteristics
 Age (in years) 37.7 (5.0) 37.2 (5.6)
 BMI (in kg/m2) 24.0 (4.3) 24.2 (4.7)
 Education (N (%))
  GCSE/A-levels 26 (28.3) 35 (35.7)
  Degree 28 (30.4) 34 (34.7)
  Higher degree 42 (45.7) 29 (29.6)
 Hours worked per weekb (N (%))
  Not employed 26 (28.6) 26 (26.0)
  < 20 h 17 (18.7) 15 (15.0)
  21–35 h 28 (30.1) 31 (31.0)
  > 35 h 20 (22.0) 28 (28.0)
Paternal Characteristics
 Age (in years) 39.5 (5.5) 39.9 (8.2)
 BMI (in kg/m2) 25.3 (3.5) 25.2 (3.3)
 Paternal Education (N (%))
  GCSE/A-levels 22 (25.6) 26 (29.9)
  Degree 22 (25.6) 26 (29.9)
  Higher degree 42 (48.8) 35 (40.2)
 Hours worked per weekb (N (%))
  < 40 h 25 (29.8) 30 (35.3)
  ≥ 40 h 59 (71.2) 55 (64.7)
  1. All values mean (SD) unless stated otherwise; BMI Body mass index, GCSE General Certificate of Secondary Education, A-levels, Advanced Levels
  2. aWeight category derived using the International Task Force on Obesity cut points
  3. bcategorized based on distribution