At the January meeting Faiths Together in Croydon had a talk from Fit-2-Learn. Its winter newsletter states:
‘Fit 2 Learn CIC is a community social enterprise committed to improving the physical and mental skills of all in Croydon. Key to good health is good control of motor skills.
They have identified in their work several barriers to UK children developing the best motor skills possible:
- Lack of knowledge by parents, carers and professionals about the sequence of children’s physical development;
- No Physical Education curriculum in the UK, many other countries have daily PE programmes. There is no training of PE teachers in the UK to ensure that all children develop proper motor skills. It is therefore important that parents do not assume that they can leave this to the school.
- The UK starts formal schooling very early i.e. 4 years old. Children are not ready at 4 years of age to develop fine motor skills i.e. a pencil grip. By making children develop fine motor skills before they have properly established postural control and control of their limbs fully this can impact on children’s global development because they end up twisting their bodies to control the pencil… if they are not upright this undermines development of other muscles and binocular vision. A skewed body does not process sound properly or visual inputs.Fit-2-Learn have written a book on this subject and will be running seminars for professionals. The book has been written so that everyone can follow it and ensure that their child has good motor skills development. If parent or community groups want to run briefings on this matter to their communities then they will support them as far as possible. Please also encourage all sports coaches within your community to skill up in this area.
Once the book is printed people from Fit-2-Learn will be standing in Central Croydon selling it, Westfield have said that they can also have space to do this in Centrale. It can also be bought on-line http://www.fit-2-learn.com/publications .
Charlotte Davies is Director of Fit 2 Learn CIC