CERTIFICATES AND ACCREDITATIONS
What certificates will I receive?
Learners who successfully complete this course will receive a YMCA Awards Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing - Exercise and Physical Activity for Children as well as two Discovery Learning certificates; one in Children’s Health Related Exercise and the other in Childhood Obesity Prevention.
Is this course recognised?
Absolutely, the awarding bodies for this course are Skills Active and YMCA Awards. This means this course will be recognized throughout the UK health, fitness and wellness industry and that any insurance policy you have with the Register of Exercise Professionals will cover you to work with clients using the knowledge and techniques taught in this course.
Level 2 Children's Exercise & Obesity
This course was created as a combination of two very popular health courses related to children’s health; the YMCA Awards Health-Related Exercise for Children qualification and the Weight Management Centre’s Childhood Obesity Prevention and Intervention course.
Childhood obesity has reached crisis levels in modern Britain, resulting in a massive demand for fitness professionals who are trained to work with children to reduce their weight, improve their physical fitness and counsel families about healthy eating by way of sensible diets combined with regular exercise.
This course contains a strong psychological component, with lots of guidance on behaviour change and how to motivate and support children and families to address weight problems. Students will gain an understanding of many of the policy, social and environmental causes of Britain’s childhood obesity epidemic, as well as some of the prevention strategies currently being employed by health experts to curb the problem.
This course has been written by health professionals, dieticians, nutritionists and weight management experts, and was edited by the founder of Discovery Learning and prominent national obesity expert, Mr Alan Jackson Msc.
To find out how to pay for this course via monthly instalments, check out our affordable options page.
What will I learn?
Students enrolled on this course will learn a range of approaches, options and techniques for working with obese and overweight children between the ages of five and sixteen. They will learn about common growth related physical injuries and how to train children in a way that minimizes the risk of these. They will also learn about common medical and respiratory conditions encountered when working with children in an exercise setting such as asthma, dyspraxia and breathlessness from exertion.
This course is comprised of the following two parts:
Part 1: YMCA Awards Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing - Health Related Exercise for Children
The Health Related Exercise for Children is the qualification required to deliver exercise sessions for children aged five to sixteen years. It is an excellent course for anyone who might be interested in working as an after school club leader, activity teaching assistant, children’s activity coordinator or a youth worker involved in children’s exercise and physical activity.
The course teaches the latest exercise techniques that are proven to be effective for children. Students will learn how to engage and motivate children in activities that maintain and enhance their cardiorespiratory fitness and muscular strength and endurance. Students will learn how to assess children’s fitness, identify common growth related injuries, and track children’s progress and development over the course of an exercise program.
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 Prevention and Intervention
What is obesity and what criteria are used to identify an obese child? How do they become that way? What can be done to prevent them from becoming that way? What can be done to cure them of the condition? Why are there so many obese children in the UK? All of these topics will be discussed in detail on this part of the course, in order to give learners as broad an understanding as possible about the issues related to childhood obesity prevention and treatment.
Who is this course for?
This course is ideal for those who want to work in schools, fitness establishments, medical facilities or the community in general to prevent or intervene in cases of obesity or poor fitness in children. More roles for specialist child weight management practitioners are emerging constantly in the private and public sectors, owing to the fact that nearly a third of children in the UK suffer from being overweight, obese, or some other lifestyle related health issue.
The course is also recommended for any fitness professional who simply has an interest in Britain’s childhood obesity crisis and would like to be ready and equipped with the knowledge to help an affected child if they should be asked to do so.
Are there any pre-requisites?
There are no prerequisite qualifications for enrolling on this course, but learners must be aged sixteen years or above and should be competent in written and spoken English, as well as have basic computer literacy skills.
How long is the course?
You will be required to attend two separate, two-day components (four days attendance in total) and will undergo approximately sixty hours of supported home study prior to the course. The duration of study is likely to span over six-to-ten weeks, but this depends partly on what course dates we are able to make available.
Where can I complete the course?
Interested persons are able to enrol onto this course at our Manchester or West London training venue.
What assessments will I need to complete?
Only the YMCA Awards Health-Related Exercise for Children part of the course requires students to undergo a formal assessment, and this is done using a one-hour multiple choice theory examination followed by a one-hour practical case study that will be completed by learners at their homes or another location chosen by them, and provided to an assessor in the form of a digital video recording.
What support will I get?
All persons enrolled on this course will have full access to Discovery Learning’s online Student Zone, where they can access the syllabus and other course content. They will also be given contact details for our expert student support team who will assist them with any problems they may encounter while using our online learning technology.