We’re buzzing about the start of the safe return of children’s activities. Participating in organised activities offers families many health and wellbeing benefits, whilst also supporting the social, emotional, physical and mental development of your child. We have all missed our favourite activities during lockdown. It’s only natural that you might feel a little nervous getting out and about, or a bit unsure of which activities might be best for your child at this time. To give you a little inspiration, we’ve put together some expert advice to give you some more information about why these activities are great for you and your child.
Music, Movement and Dance
Dance and moving to music has so many benefits for all ages. Not only is it great for physical health but also mental health. It allows children in particular to express themselves freely, explore how their bodies move and gain confidence.
It helps with co-ordination and both gross and fine motor skills as well as aid vocabulary development through movement. Any physical activity helps to release those happy hormones but moving to music aids that even more and really helps to lift anyone’s mood.
“We now have very strong evidence to suggest that being more active at any age can help promote better mental health and actually protect us from developing depression and anxiety” - Dr Brendan Stubbs
At diddi dance we run classes, early years sessions and parties. We are the only preschool dance program to explore 16 different dance styles from hip hop and salsa to jive and ballroom. Our 45 min classes are fully accredited by the CAA having been developed over nearly 18 years with child psychologists and early years movement specialists alongside our founder - a qualified dance teacher with over 20 years experience. Find out more by visiting our website www.diddidance.com
Find an activity that is age appropriate and engaging.
Join in with your child, they will not only love that time together but they will also get more out of the session.
Dont worry if your child doesn't join in straight away, moving to music
can be quite an intimidating thing, allow time for your child to gain
confidence to move freely in a room of people they may not know.
HOW WE ARE SAFE
The guidance for dance is to work at 3m distancing - 2m spacing and then 1m overflow (as this age group will unlikely all move the same way at the same time) so there is plenty of room for movement and distancing. We use fun diddi dots to make staying in their space as fun as possible. All our props are individually cleaned and sterilised with approved covid products and all surfaces and common touch points are thoroughly cleaned as well. All our franchisees and session leaders have done all their covid aware and infection control courses and completed detailed risk assessments inline with current guidance.
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