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Partnering with The Fremantle Dockers

Insight Early Learning’s partnership with Fremantle Dockers reflects our commitment to promoting lifelong health and wellness for children in our community. Research tells us that children learn more physical movement skills during the first 5 years than at any other time of life.

At Insight Early Learning we are doing our part to establish high levels of physical activity for children and infants from birth to 5 years. We passionately and purposefully support children in developing movement skills. We also understand that building healthy children extends beyond engaging infants and children in rich and diverse daily movement activities; it encompasses the development of physically literate children.

Physical literacy involves the formation of positive dispositions toward ongoing regular physical activity. Physically literate individuals display enthusiasm, physical movement skills, confidence and motivation toward physical activity and understand why physical activity is important.

We are proud of our alignment with Fremantle Dockers and envision that our partnership will position families to seek enrolment in external sports clubs when their children leave our service.  Our involvement in ‘The Fathering Project’ provides another avenue for our partnership to have a positive influence on both parties as children and dads in our community make meaningful connections. We are passionate about supporting fathers as crucial role models who raise healthy children and strong families.

Extensive research points to early involvement in sport leading to on-going participation and the development of more complex motor skills as children get older. Evidence also confirms that continuous participation in sport improves the ongoing development of cognitive, social and emotional capabilities. Additionally, findings highlight that children who take part in dedicated exercise daily increase their physical, literacy, numeracy, concentration and social capabilities.

Motor development in early childhood directly facilitates development in a range of other categories, and specifically:

  • supports language and brain development.
  • lays the foundations of physical, cognitive and social skills used to navigate daily situations
  • improves children’s muscle, heart and bone health
  • fosters creative and imaginative thinking
  • encourages the development of progressive motor skills
  • helps children to deal with stressful situations
  • reinforces self-confidence
  • provides opportunities for problem-solving and decision-making
  • encourages the development of communication skills
  • helps children to learn social skills such as turn-taking, sharing and interacting
  • improves balance, strength and coordination skills
  • teaches children about their bodies
  • enables children to learn from their mistakes
  • assists children to challenge their fears and build resilience

Exercise plays an important role in regulating the central nervous system and emotional systems of children’s brains. Movement assists with wiring the emotional systems of the brain, providing children with the motivation to learn new and challenging tasks. When children are engaged in physical activity, endorphins are released into the brain and stress hormones such as cortisol are reduced, minimising feelings of depression, stress and aggression. By extension, children develop self-regulation skills which assist them to effectively manage the positive and negative occurrences that characterise daily life, supporting them to live happy and fulfilling lives.

Active physical play in conjunction with secure, nurturing attachments fosters the development of emotional security, and as children to respond life’s challenges and successes in healthy ways, the lasting impact on their health and wellness is profound.

For more information on The Fremantle Dockers, including memberships, community events and programs, please visit fremantlefc.com.au.

References

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. (2013). Get Up & Grow: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Early Childhood (Family Book). (online) Available at: https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/F5698F4E9CB73B94CA257BF000217BF6/$File/HEPA%20-%20B5%20Book%20-%20Family%20Book_LR.pdf (Accessed 30th August, 2019).

Australian Government Department of Health. (2017). Australian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years. (online) Available at: https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/FCE78513DAC85E08CA257BF0001BAF95/$File/Birthto5years_24hrGuidelines_Brochure.pdf (Accessed 30th August, 2019).

British Heart Foundation. (2012). Early Movers: Helping under-5s live active & healthy lives. (online) Available at: https://soscn.org/downloads/resources/early_movers/Booklet_2_Introduction_to_physical_activity_in_the_early_years.pdf (Accessed 30th August, 2019).

Whitehead, M. (2010). The concept of physical literacy. In: Whitehead M, editor. Physical literacy throughout the lifecourse. Oxon: Routledge; 2010. P.11−12.

Williams, J. (2017). Happy for life: How GymbaROO helps emotional development. (online) Available at: http://activebabiessmartkids.com.au/articles/happy-life-gymbaroo-helps-emotional-development/ (Accessed 30th August, 2019).

Williams, J.  & Holley. P.A.  (2013). Linking Motor Development in Infancy and Early Childhood to Later School Learning. Australian Journal of Child and Family health Nursing, 10(1), 15 – 21.