Encouraging Active Play and Healthy Eating
It’s hard, sometimes very hard, to encourage our kids to get excited about physical activities that take them away from the ever-increasing entertainment they can find through modern media. These relatively new distractions, like apps designed for toddlers and 24-hour cartoon channels, can be a good thing. Many are educational, but it can be very detrimental to our outdoor and physical activity time. You would also be forgiven for thinking that most early learning centres will only provide your child with yet more sedentary indoor activities.
It is therefore very reassuring to hear that in many modern childcare centres, this is no longer the case. The Cherry Bridge Station early learning centres in New South Wales actively promote physical play and healthy eating habits. All of the centres feature state-of-the-art play areas catering for children of all ages and various interests. Some incorporate sandpits, bridges and decks, soft fall areas, a large artificial grass area with hills, a cubby house and even vegetable gardens! The unique play areas are covered allowing them to be used in any kind of weather so children can enjoy the importance of playtime and physical activity on a daily basis.
With ever increasing cases of childhood obesity at the forefront of our minds, it is nice to know that the childcare centre we choose is already making provisions for our concerns. Many of the Cherry Bridge Station Centres also include in-ground trampolines, water play features where possible and state-of-the-art fixed climbing equipment. With all these fun and enticing activities at their disposal, we can be sure our little ones won’t be sitting around like couch baby-potatoes.
Diet is, of course, another major factor in preventing obesity and unhealthy weight gain. Cherry Bridge Station learning centres believe that good eating habits are an essential part of their educational programs. The planning, preparation and serving of meals at Cherry Bridge Station is a vital part of the quality of care. All meals are prepared on the premises in their own fully equipped kitchens and they only use quality ingredients; lean meats and chicken, fresh vegetables and fruits, and a minimal amount of processed or frozen foods.
With this awareness among the professionals responsible for the before school care of our children, we can worry a little less and enjoy our precious time with them a little more. Just remember to encourage them to bring their newly learned healthy habits home with them!