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Municipality of Leamington “Children in Motion” Programs for Children Under 6yrs. Amanda Smith Manager of Culture & Recreation Services 519-322-2337. Overview. Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex Community Need Project Description Sharing our success

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Municipality of leamington children in motion programs for children under 6yrs

Municipality of Leamington“Children in Motion” Programs for Children Under 6yrs

Amanda Smith

Manager of Culture & Recreation Services




  • Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex

  • Community Need

  • Project Description

  • Sharing our success

  • Sustainability & Future Potential

  • Questions

Leamington kinsmen recreation complex

Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex

  • To improve the quality of life of the people who live in, or visit, Leamington and the surrounding area.

  • To provide quality recreation services to the residents of our community, and to provide the services and programs that foster healthy lifestyles and lifestyle choices.

  • Multiple-use recreation facility – pool, arenas, gymnasium, weightrooms, fitness studio, indoor cycling studio, squash/racquetball courts, track

  • An in motion community partner since 2007.

Community need

Community Need

  • Program evaluation forms, customer comment cards and customer service survey, the results indicated that we have a gap in our program services - recreation programs for young children, ages 3 years to 6 years were not offered.

  • Specifically in November 2012, a Customer Service Survey asked for Program Suggestions and more programs for children and youth were identified in these comments.

  • Our project partners, who are local champions of sports do not offer programs focused directly on sport activity programs for children ages 3-6 years.

  • A review of programs offered by other community agencies showed no similar programs were being implemented in Leamington.

Why did we need funding

Why did we need Funding?

  • Address the programming gap for young children ages 3-6yrs old that focuses on development of movement skills through active play and teaching children a wide variety of fundamental skills, as they participate in a variety of sport activities.

  • To train program instructors/volunteers to develop, implement and evaluate the Children in motion programs, including "Parent & Tot Indoor Soccer", "Teeball", "KinderGym" and "Sporty Tots".

  • Purchase quality equipment that is age appropriate to implement the recreation programs.

  • Create the Children in motion Training Toolkit as a training and implementation guide for future programs.

Project summary

Project Summary

  • Hire a Project Coordinator and program staff.

  • Partnerships with Leamington Minor Soccer Association, Leamington Minor Baseball Association and Winstars Gymnastics Club.

  • Purchase equipment and develop resources and marketing materials to support the new programs.

  • In-kind Contribution = $42,125

  • Cash Contribution = $11,312

  • Grant Funds = $32,891 for 2013-2015

Children in motion programs

Children in Motion Programs

  • Parent & Tot Indoor Soccer (Ages 2-4)

  • Teeball (Ages 4-6)

  • Sporty Tots (Ages 3-5)

  • Kindernastics

    • Ages 18mths-3 – Parent & Tot participation

    • Ages 3-5 and 6-7 – Child only

  • New Fee $35.00/10week session

Sharing our success

Sharing our Success

  • Fall Session – Total participants 62 children

    • 47 registrants in Kindernastics

    • P&T Indoor Soccer & Teeball – 6 part in each

    • Sporty Tots only 3 participants. Learning experience!

  • Winter 1 Session – Total participants 70 children

    • 48 registrants in Kindernastics

    • Increase in Sporty Tots to 8 participants

  • Winter 2 Session – Total participants 104

    • 65 registrations in Kindernastics – new age groups were defined

    • P&T Indoor Soccer grew to 20 participants

    • Sporty Tots increased to 10 participants

Sharing our success1

Sharing our Success

  • New revenue = $5,969

    • The most popular program is Kindernastics!

  • It’s all about timing!

    • Kindernastics is successful on Mondays at 5pm, but not 6pm! And definitely no interest on Thursdays at 5pm

    • Sporty Tots had low reg. on Thursdays at 10:30am, but did well at 9:30am

    • All Saturday classes have excelled

  • Unexpected results in other program areas

    • Youth Karate – increased participation

    • Youth Indoor Soccer – increased participation



  • Hire and train staff who will be able to continue with the programming

  • Own the equipment – need to budget for replacement and new equipment

  • Children in motion Training & Toolkits (1 for each sport)

  • SWOT Analysis and Program Evaluations

  • Low cost programming

  • Model the Children in motion 10 week program for other sports (ie: lacrosse) in order to develop fundamental sports skills for children ages 3-6yrs



  • Funded by the Government of Ontario

  • Dave Orshinsky – Recreation Coordinator for the Municipality of Leamington

  • Jessica George – Project Coordinator

  • Nicole Allison-Schmidt & Bryanna Hunter



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