This programme is designed to support teachers to plan a programme which introduce adult and baby to a swimming environment. There is an emphasis on encouraging independent movement, developing water confidence and core aquatic skills through structure play using fun, games and songs.
The Early Years Programme has three levels; Adult & Baby, Adult & Toddler and Adult & Child. Each level of the Early Years Programme has:
• An overall aim
• Three or four clearly defined objectives
• Broadly defined areas of content allocated to it
• Specific tasks related to it which indicate competence
Adult & Baby
Aim: To introduce the adult and baby to a swimming environment and develop the confidence and skills of the adult to ensure the safe and effective handling of the baby in the water.
Adult & Toddler
- The adult will have the range of skills and knowledge necessary to handle their baby confidently and safely in the water
- The ‘quality time’ aspect will have been a key element of the adult and baby aquatic experience
- Adult and baby will have experienced basic body positions and a range of movements in water
- Adult and baby will have developed water confidence and enjoyment in the aquatic environment
Aim: To encourage independent movement and develop the water confidence and core aquatic skills of the toddler through structured play.
- The toddler will have been involved in interaction with other adults and children
- The toddler will have experienced independent movement with buoyancy aids
- The toddler will have developed some basic core aquatic skills through structured play focusing on enjoyment, fun and self-discovery
- The toddler will have developed greater water confidence
Adult & Child
Aim: To further develop the core aquatic skills through structured play and develop the independence necessary for the next level (without an adult in the water)
- The child will demonstrate independent movement and a range of core aquatic skills
- The child will have developed confident submersion and aquatic breathing
- The child will have been involved in interaction with other adults and children
- The child will be becoming more attentive to the teacher’s instruction and less reliant on adult support in preparation for the next level