Tiny Tots Programme
Top Tips for Tiny Tots:
- First steps start at home, during bath time. Start using cue words, like Name, Ready Go, while gently boring a small amount of water around shoulders, and gradually over the ears, back of the neck and over the lips. These small instructions are the first building blocks to wonderful swimming in the future.
- Swim time. Arrive early for your lessons to allow plenty of time to prepare. We encourage a relaxed and positive approach to ensure a more successful lesson.
- Entering pool with your child as this can make all the difference to their response. The more calm and confident you are the more secure and relaxed your child will be.
- Practice time helps to gain confidence in the water, so whether it be fun time with the family keep it simple and try and re enforce some of the cues learnt during lessons. keep it fun.
- Praise them and give your child lots and lots of encouragement. For your toddler and pre-schooler, let them know how proud you are of their efforts. Ask them questions about what they liked about their lessons.
- After lessons ensure that a warm towel and snacks/drink is ready
Level 1 - Polly Pipi (Age 6-12 months)
- Learn through playing
- Relates to cause and effect, remembers people, events, and understands much more than they can say.
Level 2 - Cheeky Clams (Age 12-24 months)
- Good vocab – very vocal
- Building blocks towards becoming confident in the water
Level 3 - Patty Pauas (Age 24-36 months)
- Tries new skills
- Talks in sentences, good memory and a sense of time
- Learning to understand their watery environment
Level 4 - Olly Oyster (Age 3-4 years)
- First steps towards submerging under the water with assistance
- Able to use pool equipment
- Kicking with assistance