Sunday 11th July will see England take on Italy at Wembley Stadium in the UEFA Euro 2020 final. Over the past few weeks, our nurseries have been closely following the matches and showing their support for England by hosting themed days and taking part football-related activities. From drawing the flags from all the different countries taking part to showing their support by hosting nursery-wide football shirt days.
Cherubs Kimberley celebrating the Euro 2020 with an England-themed day.
In addition to this, Pre-School children at many of our nurseries including Cherubs Longdale and Cherubs Wynndale take part in weekly Kixx sessions. Kixx is a high energy, fun, creative and age-appropriate introduction to physical activity through football. Kixx sessions develop children’s physical and social skills simultaneously promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. Their sessions have been created and developed by professional footballers and trained coaches who use the best games, drills, exercises and materials for working with early years. All sessions provide a fun, playful and safe environment which encourages children to develop a positive sense of themselves, respect for others, a positive disposition to learn new skills and a sense of pride in their ability to master them.
Outside of nursery, if you are wanting to introduce football as physical activity for your child then Kixx offer a range of different classes. Please visit their website here to find out more and find your local Coach. If you’re wanting to take a learning from home approach then we’ve included our top tips for introducing football in the early years below.
Tip 1: Break things down into steps
Children can sometimes feel overwhelmed when they try something new, especially if it appears difficult. To overcome this, start small and break down the steps behind the skills, drip feeding this information progressively to your child. It’s important they understand what you are asking so it’s always important to visually demonstrate what you are asking.
Tip 2: Repeat, repeat, repeat!
Repetition will help your child form sequences and habits to be able to perform a certain skill. With any new skill it’s important you put the time aside to spend time learning this new skill with your child. However, don’t forget to keep the experience upbeat and fun.
Tip 3: Celebrate
Whether they’ve mastered a new skill or reached a millstone it’s important to recognise and reward any success, no matter how small.