For Childcare Centres, Kindergartens, Pre-Schools & Schools
Because we recognise that each school/centre has unique needs, Playball offers a range of flexible lesson plans and pricing packages. Playball will work with you to assess the specific requirements of your school/centre and will design a tailored package to meet your needs and budget.
Complimentary Demonstration Class
We look forward to the opportunity of meeting with you to discuss your needs and to arrange a complimentary demonstration class.
Playball provides professional sports instruction taught by specialist coaches to complement regular curricula. This is why Playball classes are currently being offered in child care centres, kindergartens, pre-schools and primary schools throughout Australia and in many countries around the globe.
Playball recognises that each centre has unique needs and is able to offer a range of flexible lesson options and pricing packages. In partnership with the Director, Playball will assess the specific requirements of each centre to design a tailored package to meet their needs and budget.
To have the Playball Program offered at your child care centres, kindergartens, pre-schools or primary schools, contact the Playball Franchise closest to you. We will be happy to come and provide a Free Demonstration class.
The Playball Curriculum is designed to complement an existing gross motor and sports program. The Playball program offers each child an opportunity to develop life skills through sports participation and develop confidence.
Lesson plans have been developed by Playball in consultation with leading child specialists. The program delivers a fun and challenging learning environment which allows a child to progress at their own rate. While the program will nurture the sports starts of the future, more importantly, by encouraging every child to participate, Playball provides all children with a spring board into future sports participation.
Playball uses specialised sports equipment to help keep children challenged and engaged.
Many school directors in Australia and all over the world have implemented the Playball™ program as part of their school curriculum. They have seen for themselves the benefits Playball has given their children and the value Playball has added to their program.
The Playball program promotes school readiness skills to ensure that children develop a sound base on which to build in the future.
- Concentration, Focus and Listening Skills.
- Cooperation, Inclusion, Goal Setting and Persistence.
- Confidence and Social Skills.
At Playball we work within the community to help prepare children for the future. Sports participation provides opportunities for them to become more active and healthy, while learning life skills that are essential for the challenging school years ahead.
Our 6 Stage Coaching Program
Playball is an internationally successful sports coaching program which teaches life skills through sports participation. The Program consists of 6 stages and each stage is specifically designed to meet the needs of a particular age group. Participation in the Playball Program ensures that a child’s early experience of sport is a happy and positive one. Thousands of children around the world participate in Playball every week.
The Two Can Do program creates a fantastic base on which children can build in the future. Using fun equipment and “sports” activities and games, Playball provide an age-appropriate learning environment. We introduce very young children to the physical, emotional, intellectual and social skills that they will need to have in place when they start pre-school.
The kindy level of Playball provides an imaginative and creative way of learning basic skills. The emphasis in this stage is on having fun within a formal lesson structure. Children learn how to participate as part of a group. Skills are taught in a warm, safe environment. Watch Me at Three introduces children to the social and emotional skills that they will need at school.
Dinkies helps children develop confidence and sports skills while having lots of fun! Children are exposed to a variety of different sports skills which helps keep them active and engaged. This stage Playball helps children to overcome fear of failure and learn concentration, focus and listening skills. Children learn to participate as a part of a group and are introduced to basic teamwork skills.
Buddies is energetic fun for 5 year olds. Children are exposed to a variety of new skills as well as opportunities to refine their existing skills. Children gain a solid base on which to build on later. Leadership, teamwork and sportsmanship skills are developed.
Players is the stage of Playball where the children focus on the skills for one specific “sport of the week”. The program covers at least 6 of 8 different sports which allows the children to master skills relating to each of these and in so doing develop a fantastic foundation. Children have an opportunity to apply their skills to a real game situation. They learn how to work together and operate as part of a team. Basic rules relating to each sport are also introduced. This stage of Playball is more competitive and provides an excellent opportunity to learn about winning and losing and team spirit.
Pros for 7 & 8 yr olds is the Final Stage of Playball. It is in this stage that children apply all skills to a real game situation. This provides children with the opportunity to learn advanced sport skills as well as social skills required for this level of sports participation eg : teamwork skills and sportsmanship skills. After completion of the Playball Pros children are ready to enter the sports arena with great levels of skill and confidence.
The Playball Program is offered in pre-schools, kindies and schools worldwide. Our unique coaching system is available to your school for your children. We are happy to provide a free demonstration class to any school or community hall that is near any Playball centre. Ask your school director about getting Playball in your school. Read our schools section for more information
Playball teaches children a fit and healthy lifestyle
The Playball Program gives children skills for the years to come. Read about all of the benefits Playball can bring your children:
Playball teaches Sports skills as a fun way for children to learn Life skills and School Readiness skills. Playball is unique and specialised in that, although we are using “sports skills” as our vehicle, our goal is to help children develop all of the skills they need on their journey through life.
Because it is more important for young children to learn confidence and how to play well with others, the early stages of our program are non-competitive and designed to provide all children with the opportunity to participate at their own level.
Playball coaches use a variety of sports equipment designed to be fun and keep children engaged. The Playball Program caters for children of every ability and interest as well as providing foundation skills for the athletes of the future. Through enjoyment children learn love sport providing a spring board into future sports participation.
Exercise improves physical health and general well being. Children increase their over-all fitness through exercise and there are many long-term health benefits. It boosts the immune system, which means children are less likely to get sick and their defence against disease is stronger.
A Child’s overall metabolism is improved by exercise, resulting in lowered blood pressure, improvement of the cholesterol profile, reduction of type 2 diabetes, and strengthening of the entire cardiovascular system, including the heart and lungs.
Overweight children are able to reduce their body weight and body fat due to the physiological effect of burning fat while exercising, resulting in improved bone and muscle structure.
Active children enjoy additional health benefits, because exercise increases the blood flow to all body tissues, including the brain. Greater blood flow transports more oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells.
Active children have more energy. Their bodies ability to absorb oxygen is improved through aerobic exercise. This increased oxygen in their body’s cells helps children feel more energized.
The body is able to detoxify better. Exercising creates increased breathing and sweating both which contribute to release of toxins. Greater blood flow increases the transport of the by products of metabolism and toxins back from the cells for elimination, recycling, or further use elsewhere. This helps children feel healthy and fit.
Active children are able to concentrate better. Exercise improves mental health, helps memory and is excellent for brain function. It can help keep children emotionally stable, reduces levels of anxiety, and can decrease the likelihood of depression.
When children exercise, the quality of their sleep is improved which helps them function better in every aspect of their lives. Exercise increases the release of beneficial hormones helps remove harmful ones.
Active children develop a stronger self-esteem and more confidence. Their ability to overcome difficult situations improves.
The early stages of the Playball program teach children the basic physical skills needed to start playing sport. Basics such as rolling a ball, bouncing, throwing and catching form a foundation on which to build a lifetime of sports participation. The later stages of the program build upon these very basic capabilities and string them together into actual game play. In this gradual way children can be successful at every stage of the learning process which increases their confidence and the amount of fun that they can have playing sport.
The Playball program promotes school readiness skills to ensure that children develop a sound base on which to build in the future. Our goal is the development of the whole child. It is for this reason that Playball develops physical, social, intellectual and emotional skills in an age appropriate manner. The credibility of the Playball program is evident by the enormous value placed on it by parents and teachers in Australia and around the world.
Some of the school readiness skills covered by the Playball program include:
- Emotional wellbeing
- Cooperation and skills of inclusion
- A level of physical competence
- Concentration, Focus and Listening Skills
- Persistence while learning
- Teamwork and Social Skills.
At Playball we work within the community to help prepare children for the future. Sports participation provides opportunities for childrento become more active and healthy. Playball helps children learn life skills that are essential for the challenging years ahead.
Children learn social skills through teamwork practiced at Playball.
These skills help children learn how to play happily with others.
Playball™ gives all children, of all abilities, an opportunity to experience the benefits of participating in sports.
- Promotes a healthy start and a happy balanced lifestyle
- Promotes a positive attitude and increased self-esteem
- Increases confidence and motivation
- Develops concentration, focus and listening skills
- Teaches sportsmanship and fair play
- Develops independence, persistence, goal setting, and leadership
- Improves co-operation, patience, and tolerance and respect.
Playball has proven itself in many countries over 25 years to become recognised as a unique and invaluable sports coaching program for young children. Tens of thousands of children in Australia, America, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa are benefiting from the many rewards of the Playball program.
While Playball Australia is independently owned and operated, the Australian Playball team has good relations with the international office all of whom share the same vision.
The Playball Program is the result of many years of Research & Development.
The Playball Head Office team created the Playball Sports Program by researching the developmental needs of 2 to 8 year olds through consultation with child development professionals. Playball understands the importance of teaching the right skills at the right time, so that children can develop a strong base of foundation skills on which to build.
Research has shown that a child can easily learn a new skill when they are ready for it, however pushing them into something they not ready for is usually counter-productive in the long term. To avoid the dangers of specialising too early, for example: burnout, Playball introduces age appropriate activities gradually. This stepping stone approach ensures every child has the opportunity to fully develop the skills of each stage before moving on. This establishes the conditions for success, helping children to develop confidence through feeling the satisfaction of refining and mastering their current skills.
Not only do we understand which activities are best for each age group and developmental stage but Playball’s holistic approach helps children to function in their everyday lives as confident and able individuals. Playball’s objectives are to develop a child in all aspects; physical, emotional, social and intellectual. We use sport as the means to teach all of these essential life skills.
To provide a Program of the highest possible quality and benefit to children Playball consults professionals from a wide range of child related disciplines:
- Paediatric Occupational Therapists (paediatric O.T.)
- Child Psychologists
- Paediatric Speech Therapists/ Speech Pathologists
- Early Childhood Educators
- Sports Scientists
- Child Psychologists
In addition Playball management and staff pride themselves in their high standards of excellence which are maintained by ongoing professional development.
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Happy directors share their views
One of the most important aspects of this dynamic program is the amount of fun the children have while engaging in their lessons. The coaches are supportive to the individual needs of each child, extending those who are capable and giving extra support to those who may be experiencing difficulties.
For us, Playball is a compulsory part of our program. Every child benefits from what Playball has to offer, as we see it as a necessary part of their overall development and critical to their future success at school.
Terry Aizen – Director, Kornmehl Pre-School
I have witnessed Playball help children gain confidence in their abilities, as well as improve their general gross motor development.
Luanne Lobel – Director, Emanuel Woollahra Kindergarten
Our Playball coach brings different activities each week and the children always look forward in great anticipation to what he has to offer. The activities are very appropriate for the age group and fit well with the Montessori approach. He manages to engage the childrens’ interest and motivation without the need to use rewards and prizes.
Bill Conway – Principal, Montessori East
Each of our students who participated in Playball benefitted from an increase in physical and social confidence as a result of the program. Parent and student feedback related to Playball was unanimously positive.
Narelle Gibbs – Psychologist, St Catherine’s School
The Playball program at our pre-school has proved very popular with teachers, parents and children. This is a direct result of excellent coaching and the high standard of the program that the coaches provide. Each coaches dedication, enthusiasm and focus on the individual is evident. We have always found Playball to be very professional.
Susie Hulskramer – Director, Kelvin Kindergarten
The Playball coaches knowledge and professionalism have made the program a great success and we have encouraged all the parents in our school to embrace the opportunity that Playball provides for the children. The program has assisted numerous children to develop their gross motor skills as well as confidence. With a fun-filled approach and emphasis on team spirit and encouragement, all our children of varying abilities have benefitted immensely.
Lynne Katz – Director, Alikat Preschool
The teachers and I are very impressed with the Playball program and the coaches enthusiasm. We started off offering one class per week but quickly needed to expand to three classes per week. The program has been beneficial to the children who attend the classes, developing their ball skills, co-ordination, movement and balance as well as their confidence and self-esteem. We like the focus on teamwork and sportsmanship which are very important social skills that can be applied to all aspects of the children’s lives.
Alison Sandell – Director, St Ives Chase Kindergarten
The Playball coach delivers a well organised program and shows a true interest in the individual needs of the children who participate in her class. I have watched the quiet and not so confident children grow into very confident children who now participate with enthusiasm and pride in the new skills they possess.
Vanessa Callum – Director, Thomas Carlyle Children’s Centre
The Playball program enhances the further development of gross motor skills as well as encouraging children to work together as part of a team. The children have gained further confidence while continuing to build self-esteem. Our Playball coach is extremely professional, enthusiastic and shows an understanding of each individual’s needs.
Miriam Gelbart – Director, North Shore Temple Emanuel Pre-School
We have had Playball come in and extend our gross motor program since 2005. We have found the Playball coaches to be patient and have a brilliant way with the children, encouraging and motivating them to achieve their best (or at least have lots of fun trying to get their maximum potential through a variety of different sports and games).
Playball offers a wide range of different physical skills and sports. The program extends our school leavers with that little bit extra and helps them develop good fundamental skills on which they can build in the future. Social development like teamwork and fair play are skills that we notice in the Playball class. Parents see the Playball program as both beneficial and fun.
Tinna Loker – Director, St Marks Preschool – Cranbook
Playball has been an extra curricular activity at our kindergarten since 2001. This activity gives the kids an opportunity to enhance all aspects of their development through sporting activities as well as having fun at the same time. There is emphasis on gross motor development as well as confidence, concentration and social skills. There is also plenty of opportunity for children to develop teamwork skills.
The children participate with enthusiasm and show great excitement each week when its time for Playball.