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Nurturing fundamental movement skills for 45,000 preschoolers through GetActive! Singapore

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Since June 2020, more than 45,000 children from over 400 preschools had been participating in the Nurture Kids @ GetActive! Singapore programme, co-organised with Active Enabler Programme (AEP) partner, Obstacle Course Racing Singapore, to develop their fundamental movement skills and to learn the importance of resilience and determination to overcome obstacles. As part of the National Day Observance Ceremony, the programme culminated in a grand virtual obstacle challenge island-wide with Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law Edwin Tong flagging off the specially designed finale that the children had been training for over the past two months. 250 registered schools and pre-schools took part in the finale this morning.

“Nurture Kids gives our kids a head start to a healthy lifestyle. This year, we are finding innovative ways to connect virtually, so that all of us can get active and celebrate National Day through sport. Let’s build a strong Singapore society that stays healthy together,” said Minister Tong.

As part of Sport Singapore’s effort to minimise cross-mixing of groups within the community, the children took part in the specially designed, child friendly obstacle challenge within their respective preschool under the supervision of teachers. This included doing crab walks, tyre runs and even barbwire crawl.

“The past three months had been a really exciting time for our children and teachers in My First Skool (MFS) when we were first introduced to this initiative by Sport Singapore and Obstacle Course Racing Singapore (OCRS). It was a good experience for the children to nurture their fundamental movement skills while having fun at the same time. While the safety of our children is of paramount importance during this COVID-19 period, it is also critical for them to stay active and healthy. Even though the engagement sessions were conducted virtually, our preschool centres were prepared with the necessary tool kits and resources to enable our teachers to meaningfully engage our children. And most importantly, our teachers and children learned, laughed and found moments of joy together in this crisis,” said Ms Thian Ai Ling, General Manager, My First Skool and afterschool, NTUC First Campus.

In celebration of Singapore’s 55th birthday, Minister Tong, together with Team Singapore athletes, Jasmine Goh, Shayna Ng, Calvin Sim, Laura Tan and Lucas Ng, and the preschoolers sang the national day anthem and recited the national pledge. Children from across the schools also shared their Care Pledge as part of Sport Singapore’s partnership with the National Day Parade Organising Committee and SGCares. 6-year-old preschoolers, Aadhesh Sankar Ragunath Guha, from MY World Preschool (Bishan), pledged to be strong and brave to work as a team, solve problems and build strong friendships, while Toh Zhen Lin from PCF Sparkletots (@Block 112 Tampines Changkat) pledged to celebrate Singapore National Day together with her friends and loved ones. At MFS (@10 Jurong West), the children, ages 5 to 6, pledged to care for their friends, to cheer them on during the obstacle course and to help each other and encourage them to persevere.

This year, Sport Singapore hopes to unite Singaporeans with the following four pledges.

(1) Active Lifestyles – Pledge to be part of a national movement empowering Singaporeans to be more active and help build a healthier and stronger Singapore;

(2) Vulnerable Groups – Pledge to join SportCares to inspire and enable children and youths-at-risk to overcome barriers, grow and be confident through sport;

(3) Volunteerism – Pledge to join Team Nila as a volunteer to uplift Singapore and help promote a culture of giving through sport; and

(4) Team Singapore – Pledge to post a message of support to our athletes as they remain committed to train hard and give back to the community as OneTeamSG.

Singaporeans may share their hopes and wishes for our country at https://circle.myactivesg.com/getactive2020/pledges.

This is the third edition of Nurture Kids in GetActive! Singapore. Members of public may catch the preschoolers in action on Get Active TV Facebook https://facebook.com/getactivetv.

Nurture Kids is also part of Sport Singapore’s ActiveParents’ movement which started earlier this year. Parents may find resource kits and tutorial videos to help their children get an Active Start, build good sporting foundations and develop holistically to live better through sport.