Nursery children get ‘Fisical’ with a special fitness class

Posted on May 23, 2018 by AireAdmin No Comments

Children at Nightingales Day Nursery at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust had a fun time getting ‘Fisical’ this week as fitness coach Tom took them through their paces.

Tom Greaves from Fisical Sports come to the nursery every week and provides two, one hour sessions for the 2 & 3 year olds and the 3 & 4 year olds, to promote a healthy lifestyle for the children, to help tackle obesity and to hopefully foster a lifelong love of sport or activity.

Tom says: “We do it to introduce them into basic sports and activity, we do colour co-ordination games, balancing games, games with footballs, skipping and stretching.  We want to help them achieve new challenges through praise and play.”

The sessions have the aim of developing children’s sporting skills, physical fitness, as well as promoting team and work ethic, alongside fun and enjoyment for all.

Bev McDade, Nursery Practitioner at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says:

“The children get very excited when they know Tom is coming and often the older ones are watching the younger ones, they can’t wait for their turn.  It’s really good for their socialisation skills too.  There might be children who sometimes don’t enjoy coming outside to play but when they see Tom arrive they get excited and want to have a go and join in.  Every child is supported to help them take part.”

The nursery which prides itself on helping children achieve their potential by learning through play, was recently rated as ‘Good’ by OFSTED in all areas, and praised for its well qualified and well trained staff and for the excellent relationship that staff have with parents.

The nursery cares for babies from 10 weeks old to school age, from 7am to 7pm, 5 days a week.  Places are offered to NHS staff as a priority but are also open to non-NHS parents. For more information or to book a visit, contact Val Hogg, Childcare Provision Manager on 01535 294092 or email

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