Tū Mokopuna is the new kohanga reo physical activity programme for the under-fives, taking our kohanga by storm.
Established at seven kohanga in the eastern and western rural districts, Tūranga Health’s Tū Mokopuna program is made up of activities and exercises to help tamariki grow confidence, while building their skills in balance, co-ordination and the use of motor skills.
“Right from the word go, the tamariki loved it, and so the staff loved it,” says Tūranga Health lifestyle coach Daiminn Kemp.
As a member of Turanga Health’s population health team, Daiminn is used to setting challenges for others. He, along with other Tūranga Health staff, are enjoying the newfound venture of getting small children moving.
“It is absolutely fundamental to their development,” Daiminn says. “Even just participating gives them confidence and for many it is a new experience, but once the little ones see their friends getting into it, they all want a go.”
Tū Mokopuna encourages and motivates children from kohanga reo age, to a point where they have the confidence to fully participate in physical activity.
Tū Mokopuna can be tailored to suit each kohanga and fulfils Tūranga Health's aim of increasing physical
activity in Māori and community spaces, and reducing childhood obesity.
“Even if they are a bit shy, they quickly learn that when ‘Matua Daiminn’ turns up, it is time to get moving.” says kaiako of Te Waihirere Kohanga Reo, Louise Kingi.
As well as strengthening their bodies, the classes help tamariki build confidence, “something we work on a lot”, Louise says.
“It's always exciting watching the progress of each and every child we work with. By the time they get to school they will have the confidence to participate in physical activity, and that can really enrich their lives.”
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