Over the last two years The AFC Fylde Community Foundation have continually invested in a committed and dedicated team of Early Years Practitioners who aim to provide all Early Years Children the opportunity to take part in a range of fun and stimulating PE lessons.
In June 2013, The AFC Fylde Community Foundation, through working in partnership with Lancashire County Council’s Education Directorate, recognised the need to provide each early years education setting with the opportunity to receive professional and diverse Early Years Curriculum PE delivery. This type of delivery, which requires specialist educators to successfully deliver, had not been delivered in Lancashire prior to the creation of The Foundation’s ‘Mini-Coasters’ PE programme.
Initially, The Foundation piloted this unique and diverse education programme in three local nursery settings. The small number of nursery settings were identified as a solid way of assessing the impact such programmes have on both the children and nursery settings alike. The initial delivery phase was a fantastic success, with every child taking part demonstrating substantial improvements in their fundamental skills and confidence in movement, ensuring readiness for school.
Since the initial pilot delivery phase, The AFC Fylde Community Foundation have continually invested in its Early Years Development programmes, with the addition of highly qualified staff who have ensured the continued success of this flagship delivery programme. The AFC Fylde Community Foundation’s ‘Mini-Coasters’ programme now works with over 38 nursery settings, providing hundreds of children each week the opportunity to express themselves in a positive and structured environment.
The Foundation’s Director Tom Hutton has been extremely impressed with the progress of the ‘Mini Coasters’ programme, and along with highly skilled educators, recognises the importance of providing such education at a key development stage in each young persons life.