HEALTH, PLAY & RESPECT.
Values are important because without them we have no direction in life. They are qualities lived from the inside out and our qualities we 100% believe in. These 3 values will define our centre and our important to how we work.
When the things that you do and the way you behave match your values, life is usually good – you’re satisfied and content. But when these don’t align with your values, that’s when things feel…wrong. This can be a real source of unhappiness. This is why making a conscious effort to identify our values is so important to us.
Health (Fitness, Food, Good Habits, Hydration, Lifestyle, Mindset & Sleep)
We value our health more than anything in my life. Without it, you have nothing; you can’t do very much and it can also affect you mentality. We value mental, social, physical, emotional and spiritual health and will encourage our staff and the children who attend the centre do value theirs. Creating a culture of health and well-being is important to us. There is no better feeling in the world, than that feeling after you have worked out, this is what fuels our fire.
Providing children with healthy food options is also very important. We will at all times encourage healthy eating and discuss the benefits of same. Other than nutrition, snack time is an ideal opportunity for social interaction between users themselves and staff and users. This is an time when staff can get to know the users on a deeper level.
Play (Confidence, Creativity, Development, Fun, Imagination, Negotiating & Social Skills)
Ideally kids should play every day, often without supervision. Just like in times gone by, street football, or games that happen naturally are a great environment for kids to develop on their own without being over-coached by adults.
Play is essential for physical, emotional, and spiritual growth, for intellectual and educational development, and for acquiring social and behavioural skills.
Play does not always involve equipment or have an end product. Kids can play on their own and with others. Play can also be boisterous and energetic or quiet and contemplative, light-hearted or very serious.
“Physical exercise turns our brain on, so get out and get moving or you will turn your brain off”
When kids play they learn about themselves, others, their environment and the whats around them. Play enables them to explore and practice the roles and experiences that they will meet and fulfil in later life.
Play is a massive part of every child’s’ day and is recognised as a basic human right for children. The importance of play has been reaffirmed by the UN’s convention on the Rights of the child, which Ireland ratified in 1992.
The Role of Play:
- Play promotes children’s development, learning, creativity, independence, confidence and well being.
- Play keeps them active and healthy and this carries into adulthood.
- Play develops social inclusion. Helps them understand people and places in their lives, learn about their environment and develop their sense of community;
- Play helps them learn about themselves, their abilities and interests;
- Play is good for the mind It helps children deal with difficult or painful circumstances, such as emotional stress or medical treatment;
- Play allows children to let off steam, de-stress and have fun.
- Play and Fun are the same to children.
We value and recognise the importance of high quality play opportunities for the education and development of children so that they can grow up happier, better adjusted and more prepared to conquer the world.
Respect (Equality, Family, Listening, Manners, Peers, Relationships & Coaches)
For us respect is to show polite regard and consideration. Keeping your self-respect and giving respect to those you work with.
- Respect helps produce loyalty.
- It gets you a quality reputation.
- We respect & treat people with courtesy, politeness, and kindness at all times.
- We laugh with others, never at them.
Every day you get to challenge ourselves to improve in some way. Challenge ourselves to be as respectful as possible, and feel a sense of accomplishment with every respectful interaction. Being respectful has many long term and instant advantages when it comes to relationships of all kinds.