WHAT IS KINDY SKILLS?
Olympic FC’s Kindy Skills program has been designed and developed in conjunction with early-years specialists to help young children up to the age of six acquire essential physical, social, mental and emotional life skills.
Research shows that the first five years of a child’s life shapes their future – their health, learning and social development – and ultimately sets the course for the rest of their life.
Kindy Skills is designed to give all children the opportunity to gain a sound base in Physical Movement Literacy. Our program is in keeping with the Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) model which is aimed at improving children’s basic motor and fundamental skills in an environment that is safe, fun and challenging.
The essential aspect is that fundamental movements should be practiced and mastered before sport-specific skills are introduced. The development of these basic motor skills will contribute significantly to future athletic performance and achievements.
Physical skills practiced throughout the program include:
- Agility (forwards, backwards, lateral)
- Balance (static and dynamic)
- Locomotor Skills (running, jumping, skipping, hopping, leaping)
- Stability Skills (stretching, bending, pulling, pushing, twisting, turning)
- Manipulative Skills (catching, dribbling, bouncing, throwing, kicking)
As explained by the Australian Government’s Department of Health, pre-schoolers (aged 3-5) should accumulate at least 60 minutes daily of structured physical activity.
Physical, social and mental development will be recorded for each child at the end of each term. This will be in the form of a written report.
We will also work closely with each educator/childcare minder to ensure they are fully informed of each child’s progress. Educators/minders can use this information to discuss the child’s progress with parents and guardians, while it may also be passed onto the child’s teacher when they begin schooling.