This is an area with tremendous potential for growth. Research has shown that children who have a positive experience with activity before the age of 5 stay active. Play is a serious business; it should be a fun, enjoyable activity that stimulates the development of the mind and body. Pre-school gymnastics provides a stimulating play environment that is the key to starting children on the sporting pathway and getting them active for life. A good pre-school gym experience can provide social, physical, lingual & intellectual, creative & emotional awareness and improve concentration, competence & confidence. It also sets children firmly on the path to being active for life – our clubs report that they keep up to 80% of their pre-school participants after they graduate from pre-school gymnastics – a commendable result.
A comprehensive Pre-School programme, ‘FUNdamental Movement For Early Years’, has been developed to enhance the development of children at this age. The British Gymnastics programmes starting from ‘FUN 4 Baby’, for babies from 8 weeks old, through to the ‘Independent learner’, improve balance, co-ordination, social and educational skills and provide under 5’s with a quality physical movement experience. Participants learn how to use different objects to help them practice basic skills such as crawling, walking (running) rolling, hopping, jumping, throwing and catching. They are encouraged to use their imagination while engaging in adventures, in fairy stories and listening and moving to nursery rhymes, songs and music.