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      Early sport courses for kids

      Early sport activities refer to active pursuits for 0-5 year olds. This might include unstructured activities such as tummy time on mats, rumble tumble playgroups, fun with ball pits and slides, kite flying and tree climbing, or more organized courses such as learning to ride a bike, early ball skill classes or introductory swimming lessons.

      Early sport activities help ensure a child’s fine and gross motor development is on track and there has been much research on the correlation between motor skill and cognitive development. These activities often teach the importance of rules and boundaries, and therefore help to promote discipline. In combination with the physical exhaustion that also often ensues, these activities can help transform rambunctious toddlers into more manageable little ones. There are obvious physical benefits such as healthy bone development, better coordination and balance, increased strength and stamina and the prevention of child obesity problems, but the rationale for early sports extends to mental, emotional and social well-being.

      Early sports are known to have a positive effect on mood and lead to stress reduction. They also require creative and strategic thinking, and increased attention and focus. Given the fact they often occur in group settings, they can also teach young ones social skills and principles of resiliency embedded in notions of sportsmanship.

      Sometimes our education centre partners also include these activities directly under Sport so please do check this link for more activity recommendations.

      The benefits of early sport for children include

      • encouraging an active lifestyle which establishes healthy practices for adulthood
      • enhancing cognitive development
      • improving social and communication skills
      • physical benefits such as strengthening bones and improving hand eye coordination
      • protecting against future cardiovascular disease, cancer and metabolic diseases
      • increasing engagement levels and confidence
      • better quality sleep which improves a child’s resiliency and concentration