Wiltshire Children’s Centre Mighty Days give young children new skills
Over the summer holidays the Early Years team in the West of Wiltshire delivered one off events in three different locations for three consecutive weeks.
These events are called the ‘Mighty events’ they are for parents/carers to attend with their children and each week they focus on a different specific area of development or skill. They are fun and engaging and are planned and adapted to be age appropriate for children 0-5 years.
The mighty events were very successful and had a high volume of attendees. The feedback from families was fantastic. It was a great way to meet new people and invite them to become familiar with the children’s centre.
We have found that one off events during the school holidays usually have a huge intake of new families. This has meant we have had increased bookings on our September courses and are reaching a bigger volume of families, thus having a greater impact!
Mighty Movers – agility, balance and coordination
The first week, we delivered ‘Mighty Movers’, this session focuses on supporting children’s agility, balance and coordination whilst actively encouraging them to find a physical activity that they enjoy!
The children enjoyed bean bag games, balancing games, and dancing. For non-mobile babies, activities were set up to encourage movement such as rolling over and tummy time. This was a fantastic session, the children left looking very happy and energetic!
Mighty Minds – supporting children’s feelings and emotions
The next week was ‘Mighty Minds’. This session supports children’s feelings and emotions, by helping them to identify feelings, and learn new ways to relax and help to sooth their emotions. This was one of our most popular and busy session.
The environment was set out with different stations which included calming sensory playdough which was lavender scented. We also had colour monster story, and other games relating to mindfulness. The Early Years workers also set up a calm jar station, which the children could make and take home! This was very well received, the children left happy and relaxed.
Mighty Me – helping children to grow in confidence
The final week was ‘Mighty Me’ this session supports parents in learning how to help their children grow in confidence and enable them to make choices independently.
The early years workers set up, brushing teeth activities, dressing up, busy board for fine motor skills. They used playdough and cutlery so the children could practice using a knife and fork. This session was extremely fun and engaging. Children were able to learn and develop skills that they need to become increasingly independent!
We will be looking to run these events again soon as they are so popular and have great aims and key messages!