A Family Munch & Move Games Morning
A family Munch & Move Games Morning at Pioneers Preschool.
Like many child care services, Pioneers Preschool were keen to engage parents in their preschool programs and had had success in the past with a ‘mini-Olympics’ day. Following a Munch & Move workshop the Director, Katherine and staff member, Erin decided to hold a similar event, but with a focus on fundamental movement skills (FMS). They planned to share the new Munch & Move messages with families in a fun and supportive environment.
What did the idea involve?
The day involved a ‘round-robin’ style FMS circuit where the staff and a ‘buddy’ from the Sydney South West Area Health Service (SSWAHS) worked together to show children the skills, and play games which incorporated the skills. Parents were invited to walk around the circuit and practice the skills and games with their child. Following this, the children participated in a movement and music session with the staff (using the Munch & Move music CD). The parents were also invited to participate in a healthy lunchbox session with the SSWAHS buddy for ideas on healthy lunchboxes. At the end everyone enjoyed a healthy morning tea.
Parents provided a lot of positive feedback about the event. Children requested FMS games and staff began to regularly incorporate FMS sessions into their weekly activity plans.
Comments and tips
Erin suggested that it was important to give lots of notice to parents leading up to event. She also noted that it was useful to introduce the skills to the children prior to the event so that they were familiar with the skills and better able to participate in the round-robin circuit.
Katherine believes that the Munch & Move Family Games Morning provides a good opportunity to show parents that the preschool is keeping up with new initiatives and provides staff with professional development in nutrition and physical activity.