Activities, clubs and classes are a lot of fun for all the family but did you know they also offer many long term health, wellbeing, educational and social benefits too?
Here are just a few amazing facts why children’s activities are an important part of your child’s development.
Positive impact on behaviour
“The findings from several suggest that “quality afterschool programs have a positive impact on a number of measures of student academic achievement, positively affecting behavior and discipline and helping relieve parents’ worries about their children’s safety.” Ref: After School Learning Alliance
Improved cognitive and social development
For young children from low-income families, participation in very high-quality, center- based, early education programs has been demonstrated to enhance child cognitive and social development. Ref: Harvard University
Increased earnings in later life!
Some data suggests that involvement in extracurricular activities is just as meaningful as test scores when it comes to subsequent educational attainment and accumulated earnings later in life. … Research shows that the skills, habits, connections, and knowledge that kids develop in these activities help them gain self-esteem and resilience and reduce the likelihood that they’ll engage in risky behavior such as drug use and delinquency. They could even lead to higher wages and more opportunities for career advancement, as well as increase the likelihood of voting and engaging in politics. Ref: Brown’s University
Higher exam grades, ambition and curiosity
Not only do extracurricular activities help kids hone “soft skills” and other abilities integral to successful careers and adult lives (such as ambition and curiosity), but they can also help boost academic performance. Even after controlling for socioeconomic factors and cognitive ability, extracurricular participation is linked with higher grades and graduation rates. Ref: Brown’s University