One of the most underestimated aspects of a child’s development is their involvement in an after school program. There is a wide range of after-school programs available for children of all ages. A good after school program can turn mindless hours after school into time that is productive, helpful and assists with their learning.
We looked at a number of aspects that we believe are the top benefits of enrolling your child into an after school program such as ours here at Little Feats.
A Sense Of Belonging
At almost every age throughout schooling, there can be times where a child may not feel like they belong to anything special or anything worthwhile. Clubs and groups help your child to feel like they are a part of something new and special and therefore, help improve their sense of belonging.
If you enrol your child into an after school program that is not associated with their current school, the program will enable them to get to know more children who they wouldn’t normally see throughout the school week. If it is run at the school they go to every day, it enhances their belonging to their school and assists them to connect with other children in a familiar environment.
Because there is also generally more supervision at an afterschool program compared to the school playground, it helps children to engage in happy and healthy connections with other children.
Improve Their Social Skills
As with the point made above, improving their social skills can be made easier at an after school program. They have the ability to engage with children of various ages, either from their own school or with other children from nearby neighbourhoods. A good after school program can improve respect, support and cooperation between children, which is a vital skill to engage in throughout earlier childhood years.
Help With Academic Learning
Some after school programs (such as ours) gives children the opportunity to receive help with their homework. Some programs will have a designated homework area so that your child can focus easier and get the attention they need in order to complete homework tasks easier.
Not only does this help your child to complete their homework each night, but they’ll also be able to improve their academic learning skills, receive help when they need it and help improve their focus both in and out of school.
Provide A Safe Environment
Life gets busy and we understand that. Many parents need to work during the hours after school and therefore, require a safe environment for their children to be until they can be with them. An after school program gives you the peace of mind knowing that your child is in safe hands and is in a safe environment.
There has been some research suggesting that children who are alone between 3 pm and 6 pm are more likely to be involved in juvenile crime and can be exposed to risky behaviours. If your child is at an after school program, this provides them with wholesome activities, supervision and safety.
Creativity and Confidence
An after school program can help your child to discover new activities that they may not get a chance to experience at school alone. These activities may provide an additional creative outlet. Some activities include music programs, arts and crafts and even science-based activities.
For children with attention or learning difficulties, an after school program may be a more casual setting for them to gain the confidence they need in order to learn and understand new activities.
If you’re looking for a helpful, fun and safe after school hours program for your child in Georges Hall, have a chat with the friendly team at Little Feats. Contact us today to discuss your child’s needs and we can provide you with all the information you need to enrol your child with us.