Sligo County Childcare Committee in partnership with Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership and supported by the CYPSC Healthy Ireland Fund through the Department of Health and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth will deliver a specially designed balance bike programme for pre-schools.
The Balance Bike programme is for children aged 2 to 5 years and is the fundamental starting point for children’s cycling and an excellent opportunity to promote active lifestyles at the earliest possible age.
Each session will incorporate fun activities to help children develop gross motor skills, spatial awareness, bilateral co-ordination and enhance their physical literacy. A balance bike is a lightweight, pedal-less child’s bike which facilitates balance and propulsion. Children run along whilst seated, push off the ground to create forward movement and use their feet to slow down and stop safely.
The Balance Bike Training is delivered on-site to pre-school teachers, under the direction of a qualified Cycling Instructor. The training aims to give pre-school teachers the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to effectively deliver, fun and practical sessions with children age 2 to 5 years. All pre-school teachers will receive lesson plans on the day that they can utilize with their class.
Following training preschools will have the opportunity to avail of the use of 10 Balance Bikes and helmets that will remain on-site at the pre-school for a 3 week period and receive three follow on support hours from the Cycling Instructor to help with delivering the practical elements to the children.
At the end of the 3 weeks children will take part in a Fun Balance Bike Test led by the pre-school teachers to earn their Balance Bike Licence, teachers will receive a cert of training completion and centre will receive a cert to display for become a balance bike-training centre.
Each pre-school will keep 2 balance bikes for ongoing use.
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