New Study Reveals: Parents Are Too Confident In Kindergartens
Atletino conducted a survey in September, which revealed particularly high parental trust in kindergartens when it comes to physical activity.
Even 60% of parents raising children under the age of 5 years do not have enough knowledge about the physical abilities and the age of children, when these abilities need to be developed. So as much as 75% of respondents are confident that enough attention is being paid to the physical activity of children in kindergartens reveals a survey conducted by Atletino in September.
According to more than 1,000 questioned parents, their offsprings have an active time of 1.5 hours or more per day. Atletino emphasizes that the concepts of physical activity and physical ability are often confused. If the child spends time actively – goes for a walk, running, playing team games, etc., this does not necessarily mean that he is healthy, strong and his physical abilities are in line with age norms. Often the problems and the lag of physical abilities are noticed too late when a child starts attending school or sports club at an older age.
According to experts, active leisure time is a welcome and beneficial habit, but the idea that running a few hours a day or playing outdoors is a sufficient concern in the physical form of children is wrong. In order to consistently develop the physical abilities of the babies, it is necessary to be interested in the peculiarities of each age stage and exercise purposefully – by conducting special exercises for various muscle groups or specific abilities. Following advices of the experts, it can be done at home, and if there is not enough information, it’s recommended to take children to special sessions with qualified trainers.
Half Of Parents Do Not Exercise
The survey showed that more than 50% of the parents respondents do not exercise themselves. As children are most easily trained from examples visible in a close environment, passive parents’ leisure time contributes significantly to children’s habits and lifestyles. The results of the survey confirmed that parents’ knowledge and education play an important role in making decisions about the physical education of children. Even 80% of sports-related parents claim to have deep knowledge of children’s physical abilities.
60% of parents who have been practicing sports themselves or have acquired a sporting education, deepen their knowledge about physical activity of children by reading the scientific literature, 37% of them consult with professional coaches. Non-exercising parents usually (65%) find information online and only 5% of them look for information in scientific literature or consult a professional trainer. Only 29%of non-exercising parents did know about physical education, and 43% of them admitted they lacked information on this topic.
Excessive Trust In Kindergartens
Although the majority of respondents (71%) understand that it is important to develop children’s physical skills up to 5 years old, only 33% of parents develop their children’s physical abilities in specialized clubs and barely 35% are trying to do this at home. The survey also showed a high level of trust in kindergartens. 75% of parents who bring their children to kindergarten say that the kindergarten pays enough attention to physical activity of children. But even 45% the of the respondents children do not attend kindergartens.
Atletino’s team observes that it is not good to transfer all responsibilities to the pre-school children’s educational institutions. Although active learning activities are foreseen in curricula, teachers often lack specialized knowledge in children’s physical abilities and everything is limited to general activities, games, and activities are inconsistent. Also, many institutions lack a modern, safe, child-friendly sports inventory.
In the absence of development of physical abilities at the right time, it is very difficult to correct the mistakes later. Even active children can have a weak musculature, poor reaction, might not know how to run correctly, jump to the distance or height, precisely throw and catch a ball, and so on. One of the most obvious and painful result of broken system is the enormous numbers of children with a bad posture. About one-third of preschool children and even 80% of pupils encounter the spine problems.
Devote at least 15 minutes a day for physical activities
Orthopedists recommend focusing on the posture of children when intense growth begins. The first stage of rapid spinal growth exposes at 4-6 years of age for girls and 6-8 years for boys. The second is waiting at the adolescence: 11-14 years for girls and 13 – 16 years for boys.
Significant changes in the education system require time, and reforms often take several years. However, parents should pay more attention to the physical abilities of children their education at any time. Just 15 minutes a day of purposeful exercise at home can bring great results.
The problem of children physical activity and physical education lessons is also a matter of concern for the former athlete, the Olympic champion Virgilijus Alekna. The former athlete emphasizes the importance of developing physical skills from the very beginning. A member of Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania sees a lack of high-quality physical education lessons, which in his opinion not only encourages students to avoid these activities, but also forms a negative attitude to sport and movement. V. Alekna seeks to draw attention not only of the society but also of the education representatives that this discipline should not shifted to the side, because physical education is one of the essential components for long and healthy living.
What are your thoughts on kids physical activity? Are you trusting kindergartens in this field or try to do it at home? Share your thoughts in the comments and we’d be excited to join the conversation.