The mission of the PCYC is to get young people active in life. The Parkes PCYC start with the youngest of the young offering KinderGym classes to three to five-year-olds every Wednesday from 11:00 to 11:45.
“We have younger siblings joining in too,” said Kerry Hodges, the experienced gym- nastics coach at the PCYC who takes the classes. Kerry, who has qualifications in a range of gymnastics classes, is an accred- ited KinderGym leader.
The aim of KinderGym, as it is also known, is to make learning fun while teaching con- cepts of movement. The emphasis is on free play and structured activities to assist the development of fine and gross motor skills, as well as hand-eye co-ordination in young children.
Children get to know all the gymnastics equipment by swinging on the ropes and bars and walking on the beam. “We do something different each week to keep it varied and interesting,” said Kerry.
Unlike all the other gymnastics classes on offer at the PCYC, the KinderGym class does not have a waiting list. “Parents are welcome to come and try a class,” said Kerry. The cost is $12 for a casual class, or $8 per class for a term, plus PCYC membership of $10 per year.
If you would like more information on KinderGym or any of the other gymnastics classes at the PCYC, contact Kerry on ker- firstname.lastname@example.org.