What is Play on Pedals?

Play on Pedals is a training programme that supports and develops the cycling skills of nursery age children

Through a series of fun and imaginative activities, children develop their balance and control skills, through balance and pedal bikes.

Children are also taught about the different parts of a bike, how to fit a helmet correctly, and the basics of looking after a bike.

Aimed at pre-school children, Play on Pedals has strong links to the Curriculum for Excellence covering different areas within early level such as Health and Wellbeing, Literacy, Maths, Technology and Science.

Play on Pedals can contribute a child’s:

  • Motor skills, balance, co-ordination, strength, and control
  • Focus, concentration, listening and perseverance
  • Responsibility, ownership, and awareness of safety
  • Confidence, self-esteem, and sense of achievement

What is a balance bike?

A balance bike is a bicycle without pedals that learners propel by pushing their feet against the ground.

Balance bikes can also benefit riders with disabilities or reduced mobility.  For example, experience on a balance bike allows children with cerebral palsy greater independence. They are also an accessible means of riding for children with autism

How can my nursery get involved?

Support is available for local authority early years teams to introduce and rollout Play on Pedals training in the nursery setting.


What can I do as a parent to support my child?

We have advice and guidance for parents including top tips and video guides.