Physical Literacy

Put simply, physical literacy is the skills, motivation, confidence and knowledge to be active.

Physical literacy - the skills, confidence, motivation and knowledge to be active

And why is this so important?

Well, the fact is that Australian children – alongside children from across the world – are spending more time playing indoors and on screens than outdoors and in the park.

As a result, they are increasingly failing to develop the basic building blocks of movement.

These include running, throwing, kicking, catching, jumping and balancing.

The challenge now is for children to not only develop these skills, but to positively want to be physically active – and to understand why regular physical activity is so important to their future lives.

Which is precisely what KIDDO is here to do.

Physical Literacy: Lessons that Last a Lifetime

The fundamental movement skills you learn as a young child can have a significant impact on the rest of your life, through school and into adulthood.

Here are 3 typical stories that highlight how physical literacy in early childhood can affect the rest of your life.

 

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Meet Sally - "Happy to say I'm just as active now as I ever was."

Sally leads an active life. Always has. Ever since she can remember, she’s enjoyed all kinds of sports. Things like running and swimming. Playing hockey and netball. Today she’s very healthy. And very happy.

My earliest memories are of being taken for swimming lessons when I was 3. Can’t remember what I was taught, but I can remember that the water was always freezing! I went to child care three days a week and used to love playing in the sandpit and all the other equipment the teachers put out for us. Weekends were special too … lots of trips to the park running around with the dogs.

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Meet Chen - "These days, I’m pretty inactive compared to what I used to be."

As a child, Chen’s life was always based around football … the soccer variety! He was playing it ever since he was able to walk. And even though he’s hung up his boots now, he still loves watching every Premier League game on TV.

I seem to remember going to swimming lessons when I was little, but my standout moment was enrolling in toddler soccer when I was 3! Always loved kicking the ball in the park with Dad. I went to child care four days a week. If I wasn’t playing football, I’d spend most of my time inside playing with the toys.

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Meet Jen - "I guess being 'sporty' just isn't in our genes.."

Jen was never very active, even as a young child. She remembers how other children always seemed to be better than her at school sports, and as her confidence began to shrink so too did her participation in physical activities.

​I don’t really remember much of my pre-school days. Certainly can’t remember learning how to do things like catch a ball or use a skipping rope. It was mainly toys on the play mat and craft, really.

It’s Time to Take Action

To find out more about how you can help build the physical literacy of your kid(s) or student(s) we welcome you to get in touch.

We have programs tailor-made for schools, early childhood and care education centres and other sporting clubs and organisations.

 

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