Children and Families

Family focused play and bond

Continuing our development of focused support, we aim to provide family focused activities and play, this is a referral only service for those who need it most. Open to families with primary school age children, the group will provide engaging and educational play opportunities for the children whilst giving parents some respite or family focused social experiences that help develop bonds and integration into a new community.

Part of the concept is to include family play and bond where the families can take part in activities together developing important bonding skills and interaction. On a regular basis, we invite guests and activity providers to run fun and exciting sessions the children may not otherwise have access too such as arts and crafts, party services, dance groups, learning and exploring, music, animals, sports and so on.

During the sessions, there will be opportunity for parents to engage with the team and receive any support or advice they need. Groups are based in convenient central locations.

Beniefits of a family focused active play intervention

Early childhood provides a window of opportunity for the promotion of physical activity. Given the limited effectiveness of interventions to date for struggling families, new approaches are needed. Socio-ecological models suggest that involving parents as intervention targets may be effective in fostering healthier lifestyles in children.

Parent’s participation in sport and their physical activity levels, child’s sex, availability of media in the home and attendance at organised activities are significant predictors of sedentary (characterized by much sitting and little physical exercise) time and physical activity in this age group. A 10-week family focused active play intervention can significantly produce positive changes in sedentary time and total physical activity levels in young children. Moreover, children whose parents actively engage in less sedentary time and more physical activity suggest that parent’s activity habits are mediators of physical activity engagement in this age group.

Through our group we help encourage quality play centered time between parents and children, focusing on fine motor skills, educational play, active play, team building and promoting healthy lifestyles.

This leads to increased family bonding, mutual respect, enhanced motivation and willingness to improve ones situation. Building bridges in families early on can significantly reduce the risk of future isolation and potential of family breakdown leading to possible homelessness.