Our children really need to feel a sense of stability and routine again, after the strange 'lockdown' period of 2020. Regularly attending a weekly club is one way of establishing this rhythm into family life. The new term is a great time to take up a new hobby or learn new skills. You can find information on local clubs here. Raring2go! editor for Kidderminster & Stourbridge, Sally, has given us these 7 good reasons why you or your child could benefit from joining a club, class or group this winter:
1. Better together. As human beings, we are social animals, and feel the need to belong to a group - be it a workplace, gym, church, social club or gang. Having been deprived of social contact for so long this year, children need to mix (safely) with peers again.
2. Your child will become more confident, happy and fulfilled. For children it's important for them to spend time with other children, particularly if they share the same interests, as it can inspire and excite them to see other like-minded children trying things out. For toddlers, clubs and classes teach them all sorts of disciplines, like learning to make new friends, to share and listen - all good preparation for school.
Baby groups and classes not only help stimulate your little one's development, it also provides a much needed chance for you to socialise with other new parents.
3. Children can never have too many friends. Making friends with children from outside their school children to broaden their experiences as well as their pool of friends. Then, when they start High School, there's the chance they will bump into them again.
4. Sports and dance clubs encourage a healthy lifestyle. There are so many classes now to choose from, and many offer free taster sessions. Sport is also a nice activity to do as a family and a great way to get us all back in shape. Many local clubs have adult sessions too e.g. you could treat it as a family challenge to all learn martial arts or take up tennis. It goes without saying, the benefits of doing regular exercise include encouraging your child to lead a healthy, active lifestyle, thus avoiding poor health and obesity in later life. Exercise also helps to relieve the stress built up by homework and exams.
5. Children learn to become a team player. By participating in team sports, children learn to support each other, listen to instructions, become disciplined and work towards a common goal. All good lessons for the future workplace.
6. Clubs can help develop a child's co-ordination too. Sport and craft activities are particularly important for developing the fine motor skills that a child needs for improving their handwriting.
7. Finally - clubs can give children much needed time away from computer screens, iPads, phones and televisions! By trying out different clubs, children get the chance to discover a hobby they may have a natural aptitude for. You never know - they could be a future striker for England or professional on Strictly Come Dancing!
Many clubs offer a free taster class, so your child can see if they like it before you commit.
This year has been challenging for many local clubs and classes. To help we are offering free listings in our clubs and classes section of the website. To add yours, click here.
Here are a just a few ideas for local children's clubs.
Give them a call!
Babies and Toddlers:
babysign Hereford run online and live classes teaching key signing based on British Sign Language to newborns through to preschoolers using nursery rhymes and storytelling. Sessions are small and friendly online and in person to ensure that you and your child feel comfortable and relaxed.
3Degreez Allstarz CIC is Hereford's Cheerleading and Dance community club, running a range of cheerleading, tumbling & dance classes at our 3 Hereford locations. Allstar cheerleading includes many elements from stunts to gymnastics, jumps to performance & dance. We have classes available from 9 months old all the way through to adult fitness.
Glow Academy of Dance & Fitness Are you looking for a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for your child to safely learn dance and acro/gymnastics? Glow Academy of Dance and Fitness offers classes during term time to children aged 4 and upwards in the Alcester area. Classes are held Wednesday's at Salford Priors Memorial Hall and Friday's at Our Lady's Catholic Primary School.
We are a friendly recreational and competition standard gymnastics club based Worcestershire. Sessions run in Worcester and Bromsgrove
Flics Gymnastics has been running since January 2005 and first formed at Worcester University. The club prides its self on personal attention to each individual irrespective of ability but rather focusing on each gymnasts personal goals.
We have been offering free trials since the day we started so come along for yours at your next local session.
Festival Martial Arts is a community martial arts club which runs every week during term time at Clehonger Village Hall. The martial arts styles taught are mixed martial arts (MMA), freestyle kickboxing and escrima.
You can find more local clubs and classes on our website here.
Puddleducks Worcester Our Baby and Pre-school programme is a wonderful bonding experience. Progressive lesson plans instil a water confidence and a love of swimming whilst our nurturing teachers tailor activities to your child's abilities and needs. Taught in lovely spacious pools with a maximum of ten children, our classes incorporate rhyme, music and movement based on extensive child development research.
Mum. Nan. And editor of Raring2go! Hereford & Worcester.