Being active is a fundamental part of being a Rookie and is central to our curriculum with pupils being encouraged to learn through being active. All pupils receive a curriculum which follows the Government’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Guidelines, with added opportunities to be active through our enrichment classes.
In 2011 UK Public Health Physical Activity Guidelines for Under 5’s were introduced which recommend under 5’s should be active for three hours a day and state that:
- Physical activity should be encouraged from birth, particularly through floor-based play and water-based activities in safe environments.
- All under 5s should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (being restrained or sitting) for extended periods (except time spent sleeping).
Individual physical and mental capabilities should be considered when interpreting the guidelines.
The benefits of being active include:
-Develops motor skills
-Improves cognitive development
-Contributes to a healthy weight
-Enhances bone and muscular development
-Supports learning of social skills
At Rookies we begin every day with Active AM’s which is a 15 minute programme aimed to prepare our 2-5 year olds for their exciting and active day ahead. Active AM’s allow children to express themselves through a variety of structured and freeform dance moves, as well as fun and active games.
In addition to educating our children about the importance of being active and looking after their bodies, we also encourage our children’s parents to attend a series of monthly workshops which help guide families about ways in which they can adopt an active and healthy lifestyle. These workshops are run by professionals from the sports and health industry and include practical activities and ideas which can be implemented in your family’s day to day lives. Workshop topics include diet and nutrition, post-natal exercise, stress and depression, yoga, Pilates and time management.
Our Parental Rewards Package also provides families with exclusive discounts at local retailers and leisure attractions, aiding you to provide your family with the active and healthy Rookies lifestyle.
Rookies is more than just a nursery, it’s a lifestyle!