Gymnastics Australia and Gymnastics Western Australia are proud to release a bespoke KinderGym resource aimed to highlight the importance of social inclusion at a young age.
Developed in collaboration with Inclusion Solutions with the support of Sport Australia, this important resource seeks to ensure all children, particularly those most marginalised, have access and can participate in KinderGym.
KinderGym is Gymnastics Australia’s fundamental movement program specifically designed for children under the age of 5, with the aim to promote social, cognitive, and physical benefits of living an active and healthy life to all.
The handbook provides important and valuable resources for clubs and coaches alike, to assist in their understanding of inclusion and its importance, how to ensure classes are inclusive and provide opportunities for all to be involved and useful tips for understanding their wider community.
Gymnastics Australia CEO, Kitty Chiller AM said that KinderGym is the ideal learning environment for parents and children to play and be active while developing the physical, psychological, social, and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong movement and physical activity.
“Positive movement experiences can significantly influence a child’s outlook on physical activity for life. By providing children with a safe and nurturing environment to interact, learn and play, allows them to develop the confidence and motivation to lead active, health lives.
“In recognising the role KinderGym plays for developing young Australians’ physical literacy, it is critical we remain focussed on providing an inclusive, accessible, and welcoming environment for all participants so the benefits of the program can be truly maximised. We thank Gymnastics WA and Inclusion Solutions for their work on this resource and Sport Australia for their ongoing support.”
Gymnastics WA CEO, Emily Randall, said the resource gives gymnastics clubs and coaches the practical skills to create an inclusive KinderGym environment for all, including participants, caregivers, volunteers and club staff.
“The resource encourages readers to use inclusion as a foundation for their KinderGym programming to build a sense of belonging and increase the attraction and retention of members, through simple modifications and adaptations,” said Ms Randall.
“We wanted to produce a resource that providers readers with the skills to easily implement the Dimensions of Inclusion within their clubs, conduct simple audits across accessibility and functionality and review the Inclusion Spectrum to ensure all classes and programs are on a pathway to true social inclusion.
“Gymnastics WA is pleased to play an integral role in this resource development with the support of Sport Australia funding and are excited to see this resource in action across the WA and broader gymnastics community.”