The Bugs Group, proud to add DanceBugs to their creative child development classes

The Bugs Group is the UK’s leading provider of Children’s activities offering unique programmes for children as from the moment they can walk – 12 years. Our programmes have been tailor made to enhance a child’s learning experience by using the power of stories and imagination and by building key skills such as confidence and social interaction. The BugsGroup activities encourage children to enjoy sport from a young age.

At The Bugs Group our aim is to create and develop a wide range of high quality activities and sports that places the child’s overall wellbeing at the forefront of everything we do!

Our ethos is to help every child reach their true potential in a supportive and safe environment…whilst having fun!

But did you know….

DanceBugs has recently launched in Birmingham, and is taking Solihull by a storm! Offering fun and creative dance classes for children from 3-9 years in a variety of styles from ballet and freestyle to cheerleading and tap.

All classes encourage children to express themselves positively through music and movement and they grow in confidence as they learn dance in a fun and pressure free environment.

Currently DanceBugs classes are being held at: Solihull Sixth Form College Dance Studio, Widney Manor road, Solihull, B91 3WR.

Dates with classes available:

Dainty Dancers – Ballet for children 3-5 years at 10am-10:30am

Mini Movers – Freestyle for children 3-5 years at 10:30-11am

With more classes coming SOON!

If you would like to attend a free taster at a DanceBugs class in Solihull please contact Sam on 0121 777 7792 / sam@dancebugs.com

The Bugs Group – Putting the FUN into children’s fitness and wellbeing

The Bugs Group is the UK’s leading provider of Children’s activities offering unique programmes for children as young as 3 – 11 years. Our programmes have been tailor made to enhance a child’s learning experience by using the power of stories and imagination and by building key skills such as confidence and social interaction. The BugsGroup activities encourage children to enjoy sport from a young age.

At The Bugs Group our aim is to create and develop a wide range of high quality activities and sports that places the child’s overall wellbeing at the forefront of everything we do!

Our ethos is to help each and every child reach their true potential in a supportive and safe environment.

Each of our Group companies have their own specific expertise and experience that have built successful and enjoyable programmes which are extremely fun as well as being highly educational. All of our programmes meet the criteria for Schools and Child care providers and with proven statistics that show how we develop children emotionally and physically, our programmes are in high demand across the UK.

Please see below some of the fantastic programmes that we offer as part of The Bugs Group.

With YogaBugs we have ensured that the core benefits of yoga are entwined with interactive stories that stretches imagination builds self-confidence and enhances self-esteem to support each child both physically and mentally. Each and every YogaBugs class is taught by experienced instructors who not only share our passion but also believe in the importance of encouraging children to lead a happy and healthy life.

 

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With FootieBugs we have underpinned the benefits from one of the world’s most popular sports to create a specific programme that incorporates balance, co-ordination, flexibility and focus with the importance of teamwork and social interaction. Our coaches have achieved great success in their own football careers; they fully understand the value of a healthy lifestyle including diet, exercise and above all; fun and laughter.

 

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With DanceBugs we have created funky and fun dance classes for children to encourage them to express themselves positively, gaining confidence and social skills through music and movement. DanceBugs classes have been designed age appropriately using the same concept of YogaBugs and FootieBugs, with a big emphasis on creativity and fun. At DanceBugs we offer a variety of different styles of dance classes from Ballet and Tap to Freestyle and Street!

 

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For more information about The Bugs Group and the different programmes and franchising opportunities we offer in your area please click here or alternatively you can call The Bugs Group hotline on 0121 777 77792 / info@thebugsgroup.com

Improve your child’s listening skills

As a parent it is very easy to get frustrated because you feel your child is not listening. Sometimes the reason for the child’s none compliance is rather straightforward, they are more interested in what they are watching on television or playing on their games console. Of course other factors can also affect your child’s ability to listen, such as how long they have already had to concentrate for and the environment they are in at that particular time. As a parent there are certain strategies that you can adopt to increase your child’s ability to listen in all circumstances.

First of all, find your local YogaBugs class. YogaBugs sessions are especially designed to develop children’s listening skills. YogaBugs teaches children to concentrate for longer periods of time and actively encourages compliance with spoken instructions. Of course for the children they are simply having loads of fun going on a wild adventure using adapted yoga poses.

There are also lots of strategies you utilise at home to help develop your child’s listening skills.

Always give lots of praise for good listening – Children love positive reinforcement. If they learn they can win your approval simply by listening then you will find them more willing to be compliant.

Make eye contact – Even though you are busy, if it is important that your child listens to you then you need to demonstrate this importance. Try and avoid talking to them across the other side of the room while you are focussed on a a different task. Stop what you are doing and ensure you have made eye contact. This will help them to engage better with what you are saying.

Be specific when giving instructions – Give your child the best possible chance of understanding by being clear with your instructions. Make clear the behaviour you want from your child and the time frame you want it in.

There is no silver bullet to developing your child’s listening skills but if you take this 360 degree approach then over time you will without doubt see huge improvements.

To find your local YogaBugs class or to inquire about joining our team of talented franchises please visit: www.yogabugs.com / www.yogafranchises.co.uk 

Schools are taking a stand against too much sitting down!

Schools across the UK are taking a stand on too much sitting down in classes, children as young as 3 and 4 are beginning their battle against the diseases of old age the BBC reports.

The majority of schools across the UK are not hitting the recommended target of 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise. Dr Loosemore warns in the BBC article that a “tsunami of inactivity” in young children can lead to a dramatic increase in largely avoidable and common diseases.

He went on to explain that to an adult even a thirty minute run after work can’t repair the damage caused by hours over the years of sitting down behind a desk and that it is crucial we start to get young children standing up and stretching more within school hours.

“Sitting can create inflammatory cytokines (chemicals used by cells to signal to each other) which damage the lining of the arteries and the brain, leading to heart attacks and strokes and some cancers and also lead to diabetes and even alzheimers”.

Do we want the children of our new generation to be at risk in 30 years time?

Researchers believe it has become worse due to the age we live in of screen-based social media and computer games. Children represent an opportunity to change current habits and prevent their generation being at risk.

Schools and nurseries are the ideal place to teach and instil a new awareness of the dangers of a sedentary life and to start to tackle obesity and get children into the habit of being physically active from a young age.

In this modern-day environment children of all ages lead a more sedentary lifestyle. There is less emphasis on physical education as Dr Loosemore mentioned, the majority of schools are not reaching their target of physical activity and focusing more on literacy and numeracy in order to meet the ever demanding educational targets.  Children are being denied their natural freedom of movement, imagination and inherent creativity within schools. We want to help schools change this.

From the moment children join reception at school they are sat in front of desks for the majority of the day and adding to this, they often spend long hours in front of television and computer games at home which is leading to postural problems and inertia, and not surprisingly childhood obesity. One in four children in England is classified as obese according to government statistics.

YogaBugs is a great way of introducing some much-needed physical activity into your children’s daily routine at school and nursery in a way they will find enjoyable as well as benefitting them hugely in the future.

YogaBugs franchisees have a range of programmes to offer schools to help make this much needed change, in particular our Early Year’s Impact and Change Programme which works with children for a year, helping to improve their physical and emotional literacy and providing schools with a detailed report of each child’s improvement.

If you are passionate about changing our children’s future and looking for a business opportunity that is rewarding both positively and financially, then please get in touch! YogaBugs is in demand by schools and nurseries alike, we just need you to make the difference in your area.

For more information on the franchise opportunity, please visit www.yogafranchises.co.uk

A Solution To Please Ofsted & Nurseries

Ofsted want more teacher led lessons in nurseries

Ofsted’s chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has claimed that too many nurseries are failing to ensure children are ready to learn when they get to primary school. There is no doubt that nurseries are feeling the pressure following comments from Children’s Minister Liz Truss who has said repeatedly that she wants to see more teacher led sessions in the nations nurseries.

Appearing on Radio 4′s Today programme Sir Michael Wilshaw said, “The corollary of not preparing children well for school is that they don’t do well in reception and, if they don’t do well in reception, they don’t get on at key stage one, they find it difficult to read at seven, they fail at the end of primary school and that failure continues into secondary school”. He went on to add that the best provision was in “school-based nurseries and school-led nurseries, because head teachers can track the progress of children in those school-based nurseries all the way into reception and beyond and make sure they do well”.

The comments and proposals by Sir Michael and Liz Truss have angered many childcare experts who already argue that early education is damaging children by pushing them too hard at a young age. Appearing on BBC Breakfast News Beatrice Merrick from the British Association Of Early Childhood Education said “We must not rush formal education too early”.

Appearing on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme in response to Sir Michael Wilshaw was National Day Nurseries Association head Purnima Tanuku. She launched a staunch defence telling Sir Michael he was ”missing the most important point here”. She also added “Your own report suggests that more than 80% of private and voluntary day nurseries are actually delivering good or outstanding quality,”

It is a fierce battle and one that is set to rage for the foreseeable future. Ground breaking children’s activity YogaBugs however may have the answer. YogaBugs is a teacher led children’s activity, that is all about children playing, using their imaginations and having fun. In a YogaBugs session children go on wild adventures, using adapted yoga poses. YogaBugs can work with children from the moment they can walk and so are ideal to provide a solution to nurseries that would please both Ofsted and the British Association Of Early Childhood Education. YogaBugs is all about learning through play.

The YogaBugs sessions are crafted by leading educational consultants alongside top yoga gurus. Working with children both emotionally and physically, YogaBugs not only provides children with fun energetic exercise, it also improves listening skills, concentration, literacy, self-esteem and social interactions. Fully compliant with Ofsted and the new Curriculum 2014, YogaBugs could be the solution for many nurseries across the UK.

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5 Ways To Make Healthy Eating Fun

What are meal times like in your house? Are they fun, calm happy times or can they be stressful? How healthy are they? Are meal times happier, calmer and more fun the more unhealthy the meal? Typical!

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We all know that we should eat healthy but the reality can be a little bit more difficult. How often do you cook three different meals at the same time for your family? At YogaBugs we know that you and your family need the right fuel to have the energy to have fun. That’s why we are giving you our five top tips to make healthy eating fun.

  1. Dip it – Most kids don’t like eating vegetables and this can cause a lot of tension at meal times. You know they need vegetables so why not see what you can do to disguise them and improve the flavour. We suggest a mild salsa or yoghurt-based dressing.
  2. You are not a cafe – As the parent you are in charge of the evening meal, if you allow yourself to be treated like a restaurant don’t be surprised when your child places an order that is different to what you were intending to cook. Children will mimic adult behaviour. Get into the habit of cooking just the one meal. Take back control of the kitchen.
  3. Carefully introduce new foods – Allow your children to get used to new flavours. Don’t overload their plate, explain that their taste buds will need time to adapt. Also consider who their heroes are. Does their hero eat broccoli? We shall let you decide.
  4. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – Mornings might be chaotic but you need to make the most of them. Find a cereal that the kids want but that you agree with. Try and avoid chocolate but accept that there might be some sugar. A proper breakfast will decrease your child’s desire to snack. Get them into the habit from an early age. It will really make a big difference to their entire life.
  5. Get them involved – We all feel better when we have ownership of a situation. Take your children shopping with you. It can be a great place to have conversations about healthy eating and educate them to the right ways of eating. Then get them to help with the cooking. You will find their appetite grow for even the most mundane meal if they have been involved in it’s creation.

Happy Healthy Eating

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4 Ways To Develop Your Childs Creativity

Children have great imaginations, which nurtured in the right way can see them grow to be fantastically creative. Here are 4 top tips to help you develop your child’s creativity.

1. Get them to YogaBugs. Through adapted yoga poses children go on wild adventures. At YogaBugs the children are encouraged to imagine themselves as lions or pirates and are always the hero of the story. By attending YogaBugs classes children will develop their own creativity by being given a mental work out alongside the obvious physical one. Their imagination and creativity grows through play. And best off all… They love it!

2. Make a special creative space. A designated area for your child to be creative can be a great way to help them develop. This will help the child to concentrate and focus. Television can be great for relaxing but it can hamper creativity by becoming a distraction. The designated creative space should put the emphasis on the child to create their own entertainment.

3. Encourage your child to be different. Make it acceptable for your child to be out of step with norms of their peer group. Get them to listen to different genres of music, take them on days out and encourage their interests. This is what shall make your child an individual and really develop their creativity.

4. Boredom can be good. Do not be afraid of your child being bored. This period of downtime is when they get the opportunity to flex and work their creative muscle. If they are bored, the power to change that is in their own hands. Unstructured time challenges children to actively engage with themselves and the outside world. They will use their own creativity to overcome the boredom.

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Top Five Tips To Improve Your Childs Concentration

Yoga is just one way you can help your child to improve their concentration

Yoga is just one way you can help your child to improve their concentration

1. Get your child to YogaBugs. Unlike any other children’s acclivities YogaBugs is specially designed to not only give your child an enjoyable physical work out but also to improve their concentration. They will learn loads, have fun and develop their concentration skills. By using the yoga postures to tell stories, YogaBugs are able to engage children on a variety of levels and develop many skills.

2. Play ‘Beat The Clock’. Deadlines get things done. If a task has to be completed in a set time this will help your child focus. They way to make it fun is to turn into a game. As a general rule assume your child can concentrate without a break for one minute per year of age. So if your child is 5, set the clock to 5 minutes and ask them to complete the task before the alarm rings.

3. Avoid overwhelming your child. If your child is whisked from activity to activity they will never settle. Choose a couple of activities and allow for downtime in between. This will help them focus and will produce better results. Remember quality over quantity.

4. Eat the right foods. Eating healthy food will give your child the energy they need to focus for longer. Avoid foods that are high in sugar as these will lead your child to crash.

5. Remove all distractions. If you want your child to focus make sure all diversions are out of the way. If the television is off it ceases to become an option. There is no such thing as multi-tasking only multi-failing.

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Top Ten Tips To Get Your Child Fit & Healthy

Number One Tip... Get your child to YogaBugs

Number One Tip… Get your child to YogaBugs

1. Get your child to YogaBugs. YogaBugs is great exercise for all children and fully inclusive for children of all abilities with different classes for various age groups. YogaBugs not only works the body but also develops concentration, self-esteem, literacy and numeracy. YogaBugs uses yoga as a medium to tell stories and inspire children.

2. Eat slowly and in moderation. In a day and age when nearly a quarter of children are obese or overweight, this is really important. Control portion sizes and you will be able to continue to offer a wide variety of food. Also make sure they eat slowly. This will allow their brain the time to realise they are actually full.

3. A minimum of eight hours sleep. Sleep shall help your child keep to the right weight. Sleep will rest their metabolism and prepare it for burning fat the following day.

4. Give them a choice. Turn the television off but then give your child a choice of activities. This leaves them feeling empowered and more inclined to join in the physical activity because they have actively chosen it.

5. Get dancing. Use your love of music to get your child active. Have lounge discos and they will be getting exercise whilst having loads of fun and bonding with you.

6. Involve their friends. Children are far more likely to be active if they are playing with their friends. Just make sure the games consoles are out of reach.

7. Ditch the car. Walking to and from school is not only great for the environment, it makes sure your child has done some physical activity before they have even truly begun their day. It won’t hurt you either.

8. Turn TV commercials into fitness breaks. Nobody really likes it when adverts ruin their favourite show. Invent funny names for simple exercises like squat thrusts, press-ups, and sit-ups, and then do them together till the show comes back on. This will really add up over the course of the day.

9. Get charitable. Exercise for exercise sake can be difficult to motivate yourself for never mind your little ones. Yet, it becomes far easier with a focus. Sign up for a charity fun walk. Children have great empathy and they will love being able to help those less fortunate.

10. Get them in the garden. Love it or hate it there is no doubt that gardening is good physical exercise for everyone. Get you kids involved and not only will they be doing something healthy they will also be learning new skills.

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Children learn through play

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As a parent it is not always easy to engage your children with something that is educational. They can get distracted, bored or simply become unreceptive. When a child no longer wishes to learn, they will however be willing to play. The shrewd approach here is to make sure they are learning by stealth.

First of all when children play they are learning to solve problems. how to interact with others and how to develop the fine and gross motor skills needed to grow and learn. Playing can help children do the following:

  • Develop physical skills. Gross motor skills are developed as a child learns to reach, grasp, crawl, climb and balance. Fine motor skills develop slightly later as children learn to handle small toys.
  • Develop cognitive concepts. Children learn to solve problems (What does this do? Does this puzzle piece fit here?) through play. Children also learn colors, numbers, size and shapes. They have the ability to enhance their memory skills as well as their attention span. Children move on to higher levels of thought as they play in a more stimulating environment.
  • Develop language skills. Language develops as a child plays and interacts with others. This begins with parents playing cooing games with their children and advances to practical levels such as telling make-believe stories and jokes.
  • Develop social skills. Learning to cooperate, negotiate, take turns and play by the rules are all important skills learned in early games. These skills grow as the child plays. As a result, children learn the roles and rules of society.

So what can you do as a parent to encourage learning through play. You are child’s first playmate and you have an important role to play. Interestingly children tend to be more creative when their parent is involved in play. To bring out this creativity simply observe, follow and be creative.

Group environments are really great to help children develop and learn through play. Naturally, structured play will have more benefits than free play. The right after school club or Saturday morning activity will provide this environment for structured play.

YogaBugs does this fantastically. Children are able to imagine themselves as lions or pirates, whilst enjoying physical exercise, developing self-esteem, social interaction and numeracy and literacy skills. This is real learning by stealth.

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