Rio Olympics is all fun and games for day care kids

A MINI Olympics got toddlers to put on their hats and head outside for a range of games aimed at promoting physical activity.

Northern Rivers Family Day Care hosted the event alongside National Family Day Care Week on Tuesday.

The Lismore centre's educational leader, Wendy Gow, said the kids had shown particular interest in the Olympics with the Rio de Janeiro event coming up in just a few months.

"The kids are interested in what's going on in the world," she said. "We try to incorporate those things into the day care.

"Events like this improve kids hand-eye coordination, strength, balance and physical wellness."

Some of the activities kids took part in included an obstacle course with little bridges, stepping stones, slopes, a tunnel and more, bean bag throwing, an egg and spoon race and ball bouncing.

At the end of the mini Olympics kids helped make their own medals out of recycled materials, promoting the theme "every child is a star".

The Lismore day care centre's director, Jane Isenhood, said the week-long national celebration was about recognising and promoting the role family day care educators and services play in kids' lives.

"It's helping people to understand the value of the family day care, especially in these areas where there's not a lot of options," she said.

"It's a home-based environment but still meets all of the kids' needs."

Northern Rivers Family Day Care is government-funded and provides children up to 12 years of age care in the home of registered educators.

Each educator looks after four kids.

A playgroup is held several times a week at the main coordination centre at 150 Laurel Ave, Lismore.

Educators can take the kids to the centre to give them the opportunity to play in a large group.



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