Building capabilities for physical activity in childcare centers: Experiences from the QueB project
ISPAH ePoster Library. Hassel H. Oct 15, 2018; 225169
Holger Hassel
Holger Hassel
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Abstract IntroductionThe QueB subproject of Capital4Health operates in a childcare setting (n=12 centers) and aims at increasing children’s (n=1035) and staff’s (n=163) capabilities for physical activity through a participatory organizational development process that builds on an innovative approach to quality certification.MethodsThe organizational development process was guided by in-house coaching, three inter-institutional workshops and self-evaluation tools (Kita-Check-App, Goal Attainment Scaling). Changes in physical activity levels were assessed via pedometers in a pre-post-design. In addition, questionnaires and interviews were used to evaluate the effectiveness, acceptability and feasibility of the intervention.ResultsChildren’s step count increased significantly from baseline to the first follow-up after the start of the intervention. There was no significant change in step count of educational staff. In all childcare centers, staff reported improvements at the organizational level, mainly in activity offers, indoor and outdoor space and childcare center culture. ConclusionsThe capability approach can be used to explain the effects of the intervention. Changes at the organizational level can be interpreted as capability inputs that provide capability sets for individuals. Based on the documented capability inputs and the achieved functionings (higher step counts), it can be concluded that the intervention was successful in increasing capabilities for physical activity in children. A second project phase based on the results of the first one is planned, which will aim to reach additional childcare centers and enhance the participation of children and parents. External funding details QueB is part of the Capital4Health Consortium, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
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