As a report reveals that 72% of parents are unaware that confidence development begins before the age of 5, Anne-Marie Martin, Founder of diddi dance, the much loved preschool dance classes, is urging parents to take action and help develop their child’s confidence from a young age with early interaction in activities.
The figures, which came out after a survey conducted by diddi dance in 2015, show that parents are confused about the age at which their children should begin building up their confidence through socialisation. The Government’s standards set for the Early Year’s Foundation Stage state that from birth to the age of 5*, a child’s development through socialisation is vital for them to fulfil their potential in later life. There is also, now, an expectation of relationship building and understanding through the Ofsted’s Fundamental British Values, which expects children to have certain values in place before entering school.
This study of 2,000 UK parents clarified who they believe has the responsibility of ensuring their children socialise enough. What was found is that 4 in 10 parents (38%) do not feel it is their responsibility to ensure their child is socialising the appropriate amount, with a third feeling it is down to nurseries (34%), and a quarter believing that preschool programmesshould hold the responsibility. Furthermore, the survey revealed that 4 in 10 parents still underestimate the positive impact that comes from the company of other young children for those under 5.
With this knowledge, diddi dance is taking it upon themselves to educate and urge parents to take action against this misconception and encourage socialisation of children much earlier. Commenting on the findings Anne-Marie said “One of the key points of Ofsted’s readiness for schools provision for the under 5s is socialisation. It is key to gaining an understanding of key concepts such as personal space, sharing and empathising with others which will help make starting school a smoother transition.
She continued “Finding an interactive session which encourages socialisation of children with other children is extremely important and if they really enjoy the session, they will immediately feel comfortable and warm to the environment a lot quicker. diddi dance combines lots of fun with physical activity and is a great way for little ones to interact with other children as well as adults, boosting their confidence and preparing them for school where they will be faced with an unfamiliar environment away from their parents.”
diddi dance classes can be enjoyed by both boys and girls from the age of 18 months to 5 across the UK. With a new dance style every half term from ballroom to hip-hop through to jive and Bollywood every child’s taste is catered for and with fun props to use too children leave the 45 minute classes full of energy and excited for the next week. Designed to keep children active, increase their confidence and enhance their co-ordination and rhythm diddi dance is fast becoming a household name.