While everyone is looking for ways to beat the scorching summer heat, parents have an added challenge to overcome this time of year: to keep their vacationing little ones not just cool but free from boredom.
Fortunately, help is on the way for moms and dads with today’s story as The Manila Times reports on a new multi-sport and exercise program from Australia, which has made its way to the Philippines for preschoolers just in the nick of time.
Called Ready Steady Go Kids, the program aims to promote healthy activities via the basics of 10 different sports that will develop and enhance their gross and fine motor skills in a fun, social, non-competitive and supportive environment.
A leading preschool multi-sport and exercise curriculum in Australia, Ready Steady Go was brought to the Philippines by the brand’s Singapore franchise owner Wee Lee Chua, in partnership with Filipino businessmen Joseph Carlo Marcelo, John Paul Paglinawan, Ray Joseph Samson and Alzhen Santos.
“We want to encourage kids to drop their gadgets, go out to the real world, and have fun. Moreover, sports not only promotes physical health but also builds children’s confidence and character,” Paglinawan explained to The Manila Times.
Ready Steady Go is comprised of a series of 45-minute classes, where the basics of football, tennis, basketball, hockey, golf, AFL or Aus- sie Rules Football, rugby, athletics, cricket and T-ball are taught.
According to Mariel del Rosario, the business development executive and coach, “The program will also boost school readiness as each class requires them to listen and follow directions, while making them knowledgeable on the different types of sports.”
Two qualified trainers will teach a maximum of 12 kids for 10 sessions. The trainers are backed by a Level 1 Coaching qualification from Australia as well as an extensive experience in early childhood coaching. Moreover, every class is sure to have one trainer who is competent in first aid for preschoolers.
The classes are classified into different age groups. The Ready Group is for children 2.5 to 3 years old; the Steady Group is for 3 to 5 years old; and the Go Group is for 5 to 7 years old. At the end of the course, the coaches will not grade the kids but instead provide their parents with feedback and suggestions on their performance.
Ready Steady Go Kids began in Australia in 2004 and is now offered in 150 locations across the country, including Asia. In the Philippines, its initial school/venue partners are Eduplay School Manila (Mandaluyong); IDEAS Montessori (Capitol Hills, Q.C); Keys School Manila (Mandaluyong); Kids Playlab (Makati); Playworks Learning Center (Makati); The Great Leap Academy (Don Antonio, Q.C.); The Little Sandbox (Tomas Morato, Q.C); and Young Creative Minds (Alabang).
For more information, log on to www.readysteadygokids.com.ph.