What is Active Movement?
Sport Waitakere is passionate about ensuring that children build their fundamental movement skills right from the day they are born. “Active Movement” is a SPARC initiative that can be found implemented in Early Childhood Centres, Pacific Island Language Nests, Kohanga Reo and in many homes throughout the country. Through Active Movement children learn the building blocks for more complicated movements such as those required for playing sport, gymnastics and dance. Through fundamental movement skills children also help to build vital brain connections that will assist them to grow to their full potential.
Fundamental movement skills include the following skills:
• Locomotor skills – moving from one location to another e.g. running, hopping, jumping
• Stability Skills – enable us to balance whilst standing still or moving e.g. rolling, landing, rotations and spinning skills
• Manipulative skills - include catching, throwing and kicking skills
• Body awareness skills – knowing how big my body is and how it fits in space
For children in the 0-2 year age group we encourage parents & caregivers to attend the Wriggle & Rhyme programme offered in each of the 7 Waitakere libraries. To go straight to the Wriggle and Rhyme page click here.
For children in Early Childcare Centres the Fundamental Movement Skills Advisor provides support to centres to develop activities that will support the development of these skills.
There are 14 Activity guides and 2 DVD's for under fives. To request these Active Movement Resources please click here.
For other resources, please click here and go to the 'Under 5's tab'.
For more information you can contact: Pauline Butt, Active Movement Adviser
DDI: 09 966 3117; mobile: 027 282 7029; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Importance of Water Play in Children’s Development.
Children learn some very important concepts during play with water. Team this up with some important safety messages and you will be helping your children to keep themselves safe in and around water.
When playing with water children learn:
Some of the activities that you can do at your centre or in the home are:
Some important safety messages:
Water play will NOT give your child a cold – viruses cause colds!!!
Links to resources for use in your centres: