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Supporting Physical Activity in the Childcare Environment (SPACE): rationale and study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Public Health, February 2016
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Title
Supporting Physical Activity in the Childcare Environment (SPACE): rationale and study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial
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BMC Public Health, February 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12889-016-2775-9
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Patricia Tucker, Shauna M. Burke, Anca Gaston, Jennifer D. Irwin, Andrew M. Johnson, Brian W. Timmons, Leigh M. Vanderloo, Molly Driediger

Abstract

Young children are prone to low levels of physical activity in childcare. Researchers have identified that preschoolers tend to be more active outdoors than indoors, with higher activity levels occurring during the first 10 minutes of outdoor playtime. Additionally, interventions incorporating either staff training or the inclusion of play equipment have been effective at increasing children's activity in this setting. As such, the overarching objective of the Supporting Physical Activity in the Childcare Environment (SPACE) intervention is to improve the physical activity levels of preschoolers during childcare hours, utilizing a combination of the above components. The purpose of this manuscript is to provide a detailed account of the protocol, innovative methods, and evaluation plans used in the implementation of the SPACE study; in an effort to support the development of further research in this field. The SPACE study, a cluster randomized controlled trial, involves 22 childcare centres randomly allocated to either the experimental (n = 11) or the control (n = 11) group. Childcare centres receiving the intervention will adopt an 8-week physical activity intervention with the following components: 1. shorter, more frequent bouts of outdoor playtime (4 × 30 min periods rather than 2 × 60 min periods); 2. new portable play equipment (e.g., obstacle course, balls); and, 3. staff training (1 × 4 hr workshop). Actical accelerometers will be used to assess total physical activity with measurements taken at baseline (i.e., week 0), immediately post-intervention (i.e., week 8), and at 6- and 12-month follow-up. As secondary objectives, we aim to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention on preschoolers': a) sedentary time; b) standardized body mass index scores (percentiles); c) health-related quality of life; and childcare providers' physical activity-related knowledge and self-efficacy to implement physical activity. The SPACE study aims to increase the low levels of physical activity observed within childcare centres. The findings of this work may be useful to policy makers and childcare providers to consider modifications to the current childcare curriculum and associated outdoor play time. ISRCTN70604107 (October 8, 2014).

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Unknown 196 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 49 25%
Researcher 27 14%
Student > Bachelor 25 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 16 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 8 4%
Other 25 13%
Unknown 47 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 54 27%
Sports and Recreations 25 13%
Medicine and Dentistry 18 9%
Social Sciences 14 7%
Psychology 12 6%
Other 19 10%
Unknown 55 28%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 23. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 12 April 2017.
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#18
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