How Physical Education Can Boost Development for Young Children!
Updated: Dec 3, 2018
At Dragonfly’s, we offer a range of extracurricular sports that give children a big advantage when it comes to physical development.
Young children benefit hugely from physical activity during the early years. At Dragonfly’s, we provide extracurricular sports that give children an opportunity to get active and learn new skills under the supervision of experts.
Here are the wonderful benefits of extracurricular sports to little bodies and minds:
Developing movement and motor skills
There is mounting evidence to suggest that the development of locomotor and gross motor skills is associated with physical education during the early years. Children involved in physical activities from a young age experience faster development of basic movement abilities like crawling, walking and running.
At Dragonfly’s, we offer Tennis lessons from professionally trained coaches that are an excellent way to practice fine motor skills, dexterity and hand-eye coordination. Our Ginger Soccer and Billy’s Buddies Ball Skills classes are a great opportunity for children to work on their gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination and fitness all while learning to work as a team.
The national physical activity recommendations for children younger than five years include supervised floor based play from birth, and at least three hours of activity everyday past one year of age. Getting your child involved in planned physical activity is a great way to ensure your child is supported in healthy development.
Developing critical motor skills is very important for encouraging confidence in young children. Notably, adequate motor skills are linked with improved cognitive, social and emotional outcomes. When it comes to physical development, children will naturally learn at different rates. A supportive environment that encourages development of critical motor skills is required for children to become confident in their abilities.
Creating lifelong healthy habits
Regular physical activity is so important for lifelong health, and engaging in planned physical education from an early age is a great way to instill this important habit. Studies have found that children involved in physical activity from a young age report higher levels of enjoyment of physical activity in later life.
At Dragonfly’s Early Learning Centre, we provide a supportive environment where children engage in physical education and movement activities that help them to develop confidence and social skills for life. If you would like to know more about our programs, get in touch with us today!