JUMP Sports & Fitness Programme
Innovation isn’t a word that you often associate with childcare in Ireland. Yet it has always been at the heart of the Park Academy Childcare philosophy. Our JUMP programme is first of its kind – a dedicated sports and fitness programme for children that caters for tots right up to pre-teens.
The exercise based classes are specially devised by our professional Sports Coach Eamonn, who attends our crèches weekly to facilitate JUMP. The aim of the programme is to get children moving and to show them that physical activity can be FUN!!! Each group participates in age appropriate activities and are encouraged to develop skills in accordance with their developmental stage.
Developing Healthy Habits from an Early Age
Recent statistics are quite startling. With one in four primary school children either over-
weight or obese, the need for introducing a programme of physical activities has never
been more important. JUMP’s goal is not just to get children active, but crucially to ensure
they stay active long into the future.
The JUMP programme also has a positive influence in other areas, whether it’s teaching
children to eat the right foods to make them strong or encouraging them to go to bed early
to build up their energy. These good habits will benefit them in JUMP class and once they
make this connection to their health, they will have established a positive attitude for life.
Sports Skills…and Life Skills
Our children look forward eagerly to their JUMP class at creche each week and just love to
discover what Coach Eamon has in store for them. From ball skills and hula hoop exercises,
to obstacle courses and traditional schoolyard games, there is always an exciting new activity
to try. Challenges are an integral part of sports and fitness so the children learn to develop
persistence and to ‘have a go’!
You see JUMP classes are about so much more than stretching little limbs and getting little
hearts pumping: crucially it’s about seeing a child’s confidence soar because they’ve had
the chance to push themselves to new heights, whether that’s by catching a ball or saving a
goal using their feet.
Coach Eamonn is hugely passionate about the JUMP programme and his dedication is clear
for all to see. His primary objective is always for the children to have fun and his enthusiasm
and energy know no bounds. However, behind all the fun he also has serious objectives for the
children’s development, from enhancing their physical strength and balance to building social
skills such as patience and teamwork.
Fun in the Sun at JUMP Sports Camp!
Every summer our children get a whole week of JUMP camp and this includes trips to locations
such as the beach and local parks. From high jump contests on the sand to relay races in the
park, JUMP summer camp presents a new and exciting range of activities that the children can
enjoy together in the summer sunshine.
When you visit any of our creches, keep an eye out for our JUMP boards which inform parents all
about the JUMP programme and let them know what we get up to each term at JUMP class!