Learning to Belong
Teaching a toddler to swim is about far more than just swimming.
Learning to swim provides a great, weekly social occasion for both you and your child. Not only the chance to meet and share “war stories” with other parents, but also the quality time spent with your own child each week as you pursue this journey together. But there is another social aspect which gains far less credit than is due. Teaching your child to swim not only keeps them safe and active, but also gives them the tools and resilience to transform socially, as many new situations arise in the coming years.
As children reach age 5, starting primary school can bring many new and daunting experiences for young children. Uniforms, new schedules, new surroundings and new people are all a part of this bold, new frontier they face when making the jump from Prep. Part and parcel of this new school life are two key things, friends and school activities. Some of these activities such as excursions and carnivals often contain elements of swimming, which for many kids who are not yet confident around water, can become a very anxious and exclusive time for them. This scenario can often affect their confidence and willingness to be part of such opportunities as well.
For parents not wanting this problem to occur for their child, there is good news. Prevention of this is easier than you think.
Starting swimming lessons as a toddler (around ages 2 or 3) is a very common way of ensuring your child is well equipped for the upcoming integration into school life. Parents often begin lessons at this age to also give their child the freedom and ability to enjoy the water outside-of-school with their new friends, which becomes an important part of empowering them to form these (sometimes life-long) friendships.
The first year of school will be a daunting one for some, but in turn, an exciting one for many who have been given many of the necessary tools to flourish in this new social environment. Contact your local swim school today to find out more about getting your toddler water-ready before starting school.