What certificates will I receive?
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will receive a YMCA Awards Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing - Exercise and Physical Activity for Children, and two Discovery Learning certificates in Children’s Health Related Exercise and Childhood Obesity Prevention.
Is this course recognised?
Yes, the Awarding Organisation for this course is Skills Active the Sector Skills Council for Health and Fitness and YMCA Awards. This means that this course is recognised throughout the UK and your REPs insurance will cover you to teach this subject.
Level 2 Children's Exercise & Obesity
This course represents a combination of two very popular child health and wellness courses – The first part is the YMCA Awards Health-related Exercise for Children qualification and the second part is the Weight Management Centre Childhood Obesity Intervention and Prevention course. The combined course is designed to ensure you can work with children to improve their physical fitness as well as advise children and families about healthy eating and smarter food choices. There is a strong psychological component with lots of guidance on behaviour change and how to motivate and support children and families to combat child obesity. The child obesity course aspect will also cover many of the policy, social and environmental drivers of child obesity as well as looking at broader prevention strategies to curb the child obesity epidemic.
The Childhood Obesity Course has been written by health professionals, dietitians and nutritionists and is edited by the Founder of Weight Management Centre and obesity expert Alan Jackson Msc.
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What will I learn?
The Health Related Exercise for Children course will provide you with a vast array of options for working with children aged 5 to 16. You will learn about growth related injuries and how to avoid these as well as the common conditions encountered when working with children in an exercise setting such as Asthma, Dyspraxia and breathlessness from exertion.
The course is split into 2 parts and covers the following content;
Part 1: YMCA Awards Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing - Health Related Exercise for Children
The Health Related Exercise for Children (Children’s Exercise Course) is the essential qualification to deliver exercise sessions for children aged 5 to 16 years. The course is ideal for those wishing to work as an after school club leader, activity teaching assistant; children’s activity programmer or youth worker involved in children’s exercise or physical activity. This Level 2 qualification is also very popular with primary school teachers, who can then take on the role of exercise specialist within the school.
The course offers the latest in innovative exercise programmes and techniques that are highly appropriate for children. You will learn how to engage children into exciting and fun activities that are sustainable and balanced between cardiorespiratory fitness and muscular strength and endurance. You will also be instructed how to assess children’s fitness using appropriate and safe techniques, as well as how to spot some of the more common growth related injuries that can occur from injury, over-training or poor technique. You will also learn how to build safe and effective fitness programmes for children graded between the various age ranges, and how you measure how effective your programme has been.
Specific taught components:
- Muscular and Skeletal system and muscle actions of the body cardio-respiratory system
- Components and principles of health and fitness and the benefits of exercise for children; concepts and components of fitness
- Warm-ups, preparatory stretching, main workout, cool down component, developmental stretching
- Promoting physical activity to children and families and the psychological barriers for participation
- Plan, teach and evaluate a safe and effective children's exercise programme
- Conduct and evaluate health related exercise sessions
- Session plans, lesson plans and developmental programmes
- Health and safety in a fitness environment
- Dyspraxia, growth related injuries and exercise appropriate for obese children
- Appropriate motivational techniques
- How to adapt sessions for children with special needs
Part 2: Childhood Obesity Course Content
How can you make a positive impact on children individually and collectively, and what policies and strategies are appropriate? What does the evidence indicate in terms of programme design and efficiency? What are the strategies of prevention, and what are the wider social and environmental issues that need to be challenged. How can you raise the issue of weight in children without alienating or stigmatising those who are already overweight? How can every one of us positively impact the obesogenic environment?
Who is this course for?
This combined child exercise and obesity course would be ideal for those wishing to work in schools or leisure facilities working with children to prevent or to intervene in issues of weight and poor fitness in children, which currently affects around a third of all children in the UK. From this it is evident that there is a real need for such competencies and as such job opportunities following this course would include posts such as: Children’s fitness / activity Instructor or Child Weight Management Practitioner, and these posts are emerging consistently in the private and public sector.
This course is designed for anyone working with young people including: community health providers, school and practice nurses, fitness professionals, teachers or those involved in planning, design or policy formulation in areas impacting children. The course is also recommended for those who are planning to or are currently providing exercise tuition for children. This may include staff in leisure and fitness centres, after school clubs or people who want to help promote fitness to children.
Are there any pre-requisites?
There are no prerequisites for this course apart from learners must be over the age of 16.
How long is the course?
You will be required to attend two separate, two day components (4 days attendance in total) and will undergo approximately 60 hours of supported home study prior to the course. The Duration of study is likely to span over 6-10 weeks but this does depend upon when course dates fall.
Where can I complete the course?
What assessments will I need to complete?
Only the children’s exercise part of the course is assessed and this is done using a one hour multiple choice theory examination & a one hour practical case study to be completed at home and provided to the assessor via video evidence.
What support will I get?
Once booked on to the course learners will be given access to the Student Zone so they can familiarise themselves with the syllabus, they will also given the contact details for our student support team who will assist them with any problems outside of the classroom, and our in house tutors will be there to support you on the day of your course.