The fitness sessionwwill be held next Thursday (March 30) for all children aged 15 months to 5 years.Children will take part in a series of age-appropriate active play activities. Anytime Fitness will continue to visit the centre once a month.
Goodstart early childhood educator Karen Dickfos said recent early childhood development data showed children’s physical health and well-being was an area of vulnerability for children in the Hervey Bay region.
“In line with the Australian Early Development Census findings, and by way of improving children’s gross and fine motor skills and health and wellbeing in general, we wanted to do something different to really get children excited about the importance of keeping healthy and active,” Ms Dickfos said.
“We are excited to have a qualified personal trainer to come into the centre and share their expertise and passion for fitness with children. Physical health is so important for a child’s development in terms of their readiness for school and general health and wellbeing.
“By educating and encouraging children from a young age about the importance of making healthy choices, it will more likely influence the actions and decisions they make in the future, bringing long-term positive benefits.”
Families will also be invited to participate, ask questions, and get some practical tips on embracing a healthy lifestyle.
*The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a population-based measure of how children in Australia have developed by the time they start their first year of full-time school. It measures five key areas of early childhood development: physical health and wellbeing; social competence; emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills; communication skills and general knowledge.
The physical health and wellbeing domain measures children’s physical readiness for the school day, physical independence, and gross and fine motor skills.