Sport and Physical Education
Sports are great for children, whether team based or individual activities, which deliver a number of benefits, not just in the physical activity itself. Social skills can be developed through interaction with other children of their age and further enhanced through dealings with older individuals such as coaches and PE staff. Leadership skills, team building and communication skills can also be developed helping prepare the children as they approach school life. This has the added benefit of helping prepare them for careers and relationships in later life as well. A child’s self-esteem and confidence can be significantly improved through sporting participation as well as their self-confidence. They also learn to trust in their own abilities and push themselves.
Participation in sport can also help to motivate a child to excel academically. They can apply the same principles of dedication and hard work learned through sports participation to their studies. According to an article published on the website America, playing on a high school sports team increases a young woman’s chances of graduating from college by 41 percent.
Sports participation also promotes health and wellness not only through childhood but throughout a child’s lifetime.
Watermead Day Nursery is very proud of the sporting activities we provide to the children under our care. As a family we have always been active and enthusiastically encourage our own children to participate in extra-curricular sporting activities such as tennis, swimming and dancing. This desire to give our children every chance to be active and healthy has led to the employment of a dedicated physical education practitioner at the nursery, Alice. All the children in the nursery are given the opportunity to participate in physical activities, carefully supervised and prepared by Alice.