Here at The Brook Early Education and Care, we always encourage families to live an active lifestyle and to get children to play outdoors as much as possible. Exercise is absolutely vital for good health and development, and different physical activities teach children invaluable skills they will need throughout their lives.
In support of Children’s Health Month, we’ve gathered some of the main benefits your child can gain by being active. And if you, like us, have been meaning to exercise more often, why not join the little ones? We bet it’s a lot more fun than a treadmill!
It is important for children to develop their gross and fine motor skills so that they have the ability to walk, jump, skip, grab, hold, and fold. These skills are vital for children to be able to use in the future and help them gain strength and confidence in their body. Developing these skills will help the child to develop more complex skills needed in future activities as well as letting them have fun doing activities while they are strengthening and growing their bodies.
When children are involved in group physical activities they are building their social skills constantly. By taking part in activities where they need to communicate to both teachers and other children, they are improving their social skills. Communication is one of the most important skills to have throughout life, and learning this from a young age is immensely beneficial.
As a parent, one of the most important routines to master is bedtime, and making sure your child has a good night’s rest is essential to their physical and mental development. Exercise has the ability to put your child into a deeper sleep at a faster rate; and will also put them in a better mood for the next day. This will not only make your child happy but makes your life easier as well.
At The Brook Early Education and Care, we understand the importance of children being happy and healthy so we provide programs which are included in our daily fee to keep kids active while they are here.
Ready Steady Go Kids is a program for children aged 1.5 to 6 years which teaches kids the fundamentals of 10 different sports and helps to develop essential motor skills in a fun and non-competitive environment. Fun-key Yoga is another fitness program designed to introduce kids to yoga in a fun manner. This program teaches kids skills in strength, balance, and coordination. These classes provide great ways for children to be active in a fun and friendly way. We also encourage parents to get their children involved in being active outside of the centre. You can run around with you little one outside, kick or pass a ball with them or take them to a playground.
By developing an appreciation of being active from a young age, it ensures that children will remain active as they get older which is beneficial to their health.
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Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information about our child care services.