Parent & Baby/Toddler
When do the classes run?
Saturdays @ New Beacon School, Sevenoaks - 09.00am - 5.30pm and @ West Heath School, Sevenoaks - 10.00am to 12.30pm
Sundays @West Heath School, Sevenoaks - 09.00am - 1.30pm
Benefits of Early Swimming
Physical & Mental Development – Water offers babies a heightened multi-sensory experience involving touch, hearing, sight and to some extent even taste and smell. A baby who is used to being stationary can move about independently in the water helping them to learn balance and coordination. The motion and sensation of the water gives an awareness of self that otherwise would not be gained.
Language Development – Our classes use word association, visual aids and repetition as part of their core learning methods; for example parents will be asked to say “Kick, Kick, Kick” when moving about the pool and “Hold on”, “Turn” etc, the repetitive and consistent use of these cue words help your baby to learn their meaning. You will see the benefits of this outside the swim lessons too.
Confidence and Self Esteem – Praise and recognition of achievements in swimming and water confidence will boost a child’s confidence and self esteem week on week.
Water Awareness and Basic Life Saving – Children who attend regular swimming lessons will gain a respect for water and awareness of water safety. Our classes will introduce basic water safety skills such as turning to hold on at a wall or back floating. Children who regularly swim are less likely to panic in the water giving them a better chance in the event of an accident.
Social Skills – Interacting with other babies and children, learning to wait their turn and praise the efforts of others instils good social skills, team work and independence.
Bonding – Swimming with your child is a very intimate experience, with no other distractions such as housework and telephones you can concentrate on just you and your child joining in fun activities, praising their efforts, building trust and a firm foundation to your relationship.
Health Benefits – Swimming has been proven to strengthen the heart and lungs and improve muscle development.
And the one most parents like to hear…
Improved Sleep! – Children who undertake physical exercise will sleep better. Swimming is a good form of physical exercise and the mental stimulation they will experience in our classes helps to promote good sleep!