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Should My Child continue with Catrobatkidz?
Should My Child continue with Catrobatkidz?
11 Jan 2023

We often get asked the question, “Should my child continue with Catrobatkidz next year?” The short answer is a definite “Yes”, now for the more complex answer! Children develop in stages as they grow older, as do their capabilities, so it is important over these early years to continually expose children to new age related learning experiences and challenges as their abilities increase.


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Help Your Child Find Their Inner Super-Hero
Help Your Child Find Their Inner Super-Hero
29 Oct 2021

What on earth is a growth mindset and how can it turn your child into a regular Super-boy or Super-girl? Of course, you want your children to be happy and achieve their dreams! Developing a growth mindset early on has been strongly linked to greater success in life. When children know their brains are capable of growing, they feel empowered, more confident, resilient, get better at things and can push through the fear of failure. Amazing things can happen!


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How Jumping Benefits Children
How Jumping Benefits Children
26 Aug 2021

Anyone who’s ever seen a child jumping knows what the face of true joy looks like. Children are typically ready for jumping between 16-18 months and will begin by jumping in place. Jumping is one of the simplest, cost-effective workouts that combine fun and fitness together, providing physical, health and educational benefits to children, young or old. Best of all is that jumping is enjoyable and can be done any time of the day, anywhere.


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W-Sitting
W-Sitting
08 Apr 2021

Children learn through interactions with their environment. W-sitting inhibits much of that exploration, discouraging integration of balance reactions, sensory input and muscle activation. It is very important that a child gains strength and control in their abdomen and back. This allows for greater capacity to run, jump and move with coordinated control, which helps with visual planning, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.


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What is STNR
What is STNR
07 Apr 2021

Remember, W-sitting can be one simple sign that the child may have a retained primitive reflex, which is neurological. Sometimes, the insufficient trunk strength is a result of a retained primitive reflex called the Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (STNR). This reflex impacts actions, which makes changing a muscle habit difficult.


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COVID-19 POLICY
COVID-19 POLICY
11 Jun 2020

Following parts of our economy opening up, while we are still working to flatten the curve, it is understandable that concerns should be raised regards the safety of children returning to schools. Proper precautions should be put in place, and managed, to offer improved protection to children, and adults, in the educational setting.


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Why Catrobatkidz?
Why Catrobatkidz?
09 Mar 2020

We often hear messages in the media that children aren’t getting enough physical activity. But what exactly does “being physically active” mean when you are an infant, toddler or pre-schooler? And is it important for their health now and in the future? When we talk about physical activity for young children we don’t mean going to the gym. These ideas of physical activity aimed at adults, are not suitable for young children. They are still learning to inhabit their bodies. For young children, physical activity is about active play and exploring their environment. They are learning how to manoeuvre themselves physically and how to orient themselves in space.


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Low muscle tone (hypotonia) in Pre-Schoolers
Low muscle tone (hypotonia) in Pre-Schoolers
11 Feb 2020

More and more parents get called into the school office and get the bombshell dropped on them…. “Your child has Low Muscle Tone!!!” What does this really mean? Muscle tone is the amount of tension (or resistance to movement) in muscles when they are at rest. Our muscle tone helps us to hold our bodies upright when we are sitting and standing. Changes in muscle tone are what enable us to move. Since tone only describes a muscle when it is inactive or resting, it is quite possible for a child with low tone to still be very strong when they exert themselves and activate their muscles. There’s a big difference between muscle tone and muscle strength. So, what are the symptoms, and how can you help a child with low muscle tone? Read further……


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Is your Child wearing the Correct shoes?
Is your Child wearing the Correct shoes?
08 Nov 2019

Research suggests that thousands of parents are causing permanent damage to their children’s feet by buying them the wrong shoes. At Catrobatkidz, we’re all about encouraging and inspiring children to be active. In other words, to be on their feet and taking part in activities that help them become stronger, fitter and more confident. Most of the times we ask children to remove their shoes for our classes to allow their bare feet to “feel” the exercise and use the foot muscles. A lot of parents find shoe shopping for a pre-schooler downright overwhelming. The fashion options are endless, from rubber to leather soles, flip-flops to boots to Crocs, but not all children’s shoes are created equal. Making the right choice is more important than just style and colour. It’s especially important to make sure you are choosing the right shoes for your children because their feet are still growing and their gait is still developing...


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A Nutritional Guideline for Healthy Active Kids
A Nutritional Guideline for Healthy Active Kids
10 Oct 2019

Parents play a big part in shaping children’s eating habits. In a fast paced world where most parents have to juggle their time between work, play and home and are faced with all the latest food fads, it is no surprise that some parents may need some help understanding what healthy food for their little ones is. Getting children to eat what’s best for them can be a challenge, and giving in to their pestering for less-than-nutritious food can make it awfully confusing. Remember you are the parent and you do the shopping. So, how do you strike the right balance between food that is good for them, and food that they enjoy? You’ll find the answer here…


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The Benefits of Enrolling Your Child in Catrobatkidz
The Benefits of Enrolling Your Child in Catrobatkidz
05 Sep 2019

As parents, you have lots of options when it comes to choosing extra-mural activities for your children. At first glance, they all seem to offer the same benefits, such as developing strong, healthy bodies, improving co-ordination and providing children with an outlet for all their energy. Children benefit from physical activity in many ways - a topic we explored in our previous blog, but that doesn’t mean that all extra-murals are equally good. There are a few reasons why the Catrobatkidz programme stands out as it offers some benefits you probably haven’t thought of. Here are just a few of the advantages of enrolling your child in Catrobatkidz:


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The Power of Movement
The Power of Movement
06 Aug 2019

Movement is a powerful tool for developing the minds and bodies of young children. As a parent, you looked forward to seeing your baby start crawling, you waited to catch their first step on camera and you’re looking forward to cheering them on at school sports events. Reaching these milestones are all indicators that your child is growing and learning. What you might not know, is that movement contributes to more than a child’s physical development. There are many other areas where movement plays an essential role in developing a well-rounded individual.


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