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8 Benefits of trampolining for kids

8 Benefits of trampolining for kids

Kids love trampolines! Not only are they fun, but when used regularly, studies have shown that jumping on trampolines offers many physical, health and educational benefits for kids too. Check out some of the benefits trampolines can offer.
Ballet for toddlers & pre-schoolers

Ballet for toddlers & pre-schoolers

Do your kids love to dance? Have a little ballerina who’s begging for lessons? Music and movement or pre-ballet classes provide a great early introduction to ballet for toddlers and pre-schoolers and offer many physical benefits too.
Recreational gymnastics for toddlers & pre-schoolers

Recreational gymnastics for toddlers & pre-schoolers

Taking part in recreational gymnastics from a young age comes with many benefits for toddlers and pre-schoolers. As well as helping them to develop their co-ordination and build their self-esteem, it’s all about having fun and focusing on interactive play and their social well-being. Pre-school classes encourage them to be active in a safe, monitored environment.
Making the most of pre-school swimming lessons

Making the most of pre-school swimming lessons

Learning to swim is such an important life skill for children to learn from a young age and having swimming lessons even before they start school is a great place to start. Here are some expert tips to help you navigate the process, from choosing a swim school and booking lessons to what you can expect from lessons, moving through progressions and everything in between.
Prepare, practice, preach water safety this summer

Prepare, practice, preach water safety this summer

It’s officially summer! Maybe you’ve already dipped your toes in the water and picked out your little one’s togs and jandals for this season too. Whatever tradition you have in your family this summer make sure to add practicing Water Safety to that list, because at the end of the day, it could save someone’s life.
Summer’s on the horizon – is your family water-safe?

Summer’s on the horizon – is your family water-safe?

Water is an essential part of Kiwis identity and many under 5's grow up spending their holidays at the beach, fishing off the rocks, swimming in a pool or learning how to drive a boat. Yet according to Safekids Aotearoa, drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children between 1 and 4 years old.
Physical benefits of teaching babies to swim

Physical benefits of teaching babies to swim

There are many physical benefits of teaching babies to swim, as well as helping them to overcome their initial fear of water.
Importance of exercise for kids under 5

Importance of exercise for kids under 5

We all know that physical activity is important for young children for their whole development, building their confidence, strength and improving balance. Being active is what kids are born to do! Find out more about the importance of exercise for preschool kids.
Benefits of starting swimming young

Benefits of starting swimming young

Early swim lessons set a positive foundation towards a lifetime of participation and enjoyment in a variety of water sports and time spent on, in and under the water. The benefits of introducing your child to swimming lessons whilst still a baby are many, and include improved physical, emotional, social and cognitive development.
Swimming in winter

Swimming in winter

Parents often withdraw their children from swimming classes in winter as a ‘precautionary measure’ each year as the temperature drops. When they return to swimming later in the year, not only have they missed out on the many benefits of swimming, they find that their child still caught all the colds that went around. Check out these tips and keep your kids swimming throughout winter.
Physical education in the early childhood years

Physical education in the early childhood years

Research has shown that early childhood physical education is important and improves more than just physical wellness. It also assists and improves mental and emotional development in children too. The earlier the age physical education is taught, the earlier children begin to develop the ability to think critically.
The cognitive benefits of swimming for babies

The cognitive benefits of swimming for babies

There are many benefits of introducing your child to swimming whilst they're still a baby, including improved physical development as well as social development – not to mention fun! However, the benefit that is overlooked most often is that of cognition or mental benefits which are incredibly important for the development of children as a whole.
The social benefits of swimming for babies

The social benefits of swimming for babies

A weekly swimming lesson is often a child’s first social experience out of the home that involves their peers. They learn to relate and interact with each other and look forward to seeing their classmates each week, and even watch them for cues when it comes to taking risks and learning something new. The best way for babies to learn is by example, and as they are with children their own age, a lot of fun goes along with it.
The emotional benefits of swimming for babies

The emotional benefits of swimming for babies

Swimming lessons can help babies develop an emotional bond through interaction with other children in their class and positive encouragement from their parents. Early swimming also fosters a growing sense of self-esteem, confidence, independence and as a child’s ability to freely move through the water increases - so does their sense of wellbeing.
The swim safe benefits for your baby

The swim safe benefits for your baby

We are a culture that thrives on being able to spend time at play on our beaches and waterways, but we still need help when it comes to staying safe. Entering the water safely at an early age is a great way to begin, and the benefits of "baby-friendly" swimming classes are unique, uplifting and contribute to the positive development of the whole child.
Kids Learning Plateaus

Kids Learning Plateaus

Often students learning a new motor skill, like swimming, experience a sudden lack of progress after a very strong start. This can be because of something called the 'learning plateau'. This term describes the way in which a period of rapid skill acquisition can be followed by a prolonged 'dry spell' during which no discernible progress is visible.
7 lifesaving tips for parents at the beach this summer

7 lifesaving tips for parents at the beach this summer

Going to the beach this summer? A YMCA Auckland Lifeguard shares 7 lifesaving tips that could make the difference to your family’s lives this season.
Keeping children safe around water

Keeping children safe around water

Water play can be a great source of fun and exercise for the whole family, but it can also be dangerous for children if the proper water safety precautions are not taken. The good news is though there are many ways to keep children safe in and around water. Check out these helpful tips.

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