Sunday, 29 June 2014

Choosing the right summer camp

With such a wide variety of summer camps on offer nowadays, it can be hard to know which one is the best choice for your child.

Below are some benefits of summer camp and some tips on how to make the right choice. 

Why should I send my child to summer camp?

There are many reasons why going to summer camp is a great experience for your child:

It gets them up and out! They will be enjoying a day of fun, stimulating and energetic activities that will keep them occupied and entertained and they will have the opportunity to learn lots of new skills and ideas. 
  1. It helps them develop their social skills, independence and many other Personal, Social and Emotional skills.
  2. If your child has not attended school or nursery before, it can be a great opportunity to gently introduce them to the school environment before they start in September.
  3. If you choose a summer camp with lots of physical activities, it will help your child stay fit and healthy! 
  4. Creative projects can help your child develop many useful skills as well as stimulate their mind.

Which is the right camp for my child?

With the wide variety of camps on offer, it can be a difficult process knowing which one to choose for your child. There are many different factors to consider and it basically boils down to what suits your family the best.  

Most schools, nurseries and childcare centres offer summer camps and there is a huge variation in the activities offered, the hours of the camp and the price. Look for the one that you feel will stimulate your child and work with their interests.

  1. Try and find a camp that has a variety of fun activities, it is the summer after all!
  2. Ask how much opportunities there are for physical activities and games. It is really important your child has lots of chances to get active!
  3. Visit the facility before you sign up. Take a tour and see for yourself what indoor and outdoor space is available, ask about:
    •  the age range of the children (large age ranges should be split into appropriate groups)
    •  how many staff will be working (you want to know your child will have enough attention and be safe)
    • whether the staff are qualified (this is very important for the quality of care your child will receive)
    • whether there is 'tv time' (the point of summer camp is to provide fun and stimulating activities, not sit them in front of a screen)

All in all summer camp can be a fantastic experience for your child and I hope this information will help you choose the right one for your child.

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In my next post, I will give you some ideas for eco-friendly activities and toys...see you soon!

Katie is an Early Years specialist in Dubai, where she 
manages an EYFS nursery. She has a special interest 
in psychology and early childhood development.


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