Toddler yoga

SMART Toddler Yoga

For 18 months to 4 years old and their parents/carers.

 

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Number of days: 2 days (16 hours)

+ Non-contact hours for completing the coursework: 20 hours

Brief course description

‘Safe yoga-based moves to enable parents and carers to interact with and engage with toddlers and pre-schoolers‘

Toddler Yoga offers a structured base for parents/carers to practice and have fun with their children, promoting strength, flexibility, balance and relaxation to contrast with energetic activity.

Prerequisite

  • Baby Yoga Teachers
  • Health Visitors and Sure Start staff working with babies and pre-school children
  • Infant Massage instructors
  • Early Years Instructors
  • Yoga teachers holding a ‘Yoga for Children’ teaching qualification
  • Play Specialists or complementary therapists who have studied to level three. F. E. (Further Education) are also eligible
  • Qualified Birthlight teachers

Applicants who do not hold a Birthlight Baby Yoga Certification are required to complete a bridging module in order to enable them to gain sufficient background for the course.

Birthlight Baby Yoga teachers can also use this module for CPD purposes.

Course outline

The course includes two days of practical training in yoga for toddlers and preschool children, using songs and rhymes alongside plenty of movement and stretching, with direct tutor input and hands on experience. Relevant knowledge on developmental aspects of toddlerhood and family dynamics at this time is imparted on the course. Guest parents and toddlers are invited to practical sessions on this course whenever possible.

What you will learn on this course

  • A greater understanding of the needs of babies and toddlers as they become mobile, and find practical ways to meet these needs with appropriate yoga practices
  • A repertoire of practical postures and movements (asanas) that is appropriate for mobile babies and toddlers
  • An experience of a toddler class in progress
  • Moves and postures that adults and toddlers can share
  • Yoga stories and narratives, relaxation and eight limbs of yoga
  • Class management and teaching tips
  • Child development from18 months to 4 years
  • Teaching practice with evaluation and feedback
  • Moves and fun group sequences
  • How to Complete your coursework and get your certificate

Pre-reading

Anatomy and Physiology manual and Birthlight Guide sent as pdf
+ Bridging module pdf for direct entry applicants

Studying materials

  • A comprehensive manual given at the start of the course
  • Resources available via the birthlight training resources website

Coursework requirements

The toddler yoga short course is tutor assessed by means of a simple practical. Coursework consists of a worksheet and a group case study (5 sessions). It should be submitted within six months following the course.

Ongoing birthlight support

After the course, students will get support from their tutor and comrades via online groups and will have access to a dedicated members training website (learning resources, business and marketing resources, videos, latest researches).

On successful completion of the training, teachers will be able to list their classes on the birthlight website.

Qualification

At the end of the course, a certificate of attendance valid for 6 months in order to complete coursework.

On successful completion, a Toddler Yoga certificate to teach Birthlight Toddler Yoga classes for children from 18 months to 4 years with their parents or adult carer

Accreditation

n/a

Course attendance requirement

It is extremely important to attend the whole of the course, anyone missing more than 2 hours will have to reattend the course; anyone missing up to 2 hours will have to arrange a catch-up meeting with the tutor (meeting, Skype or phone). An extra fee will be charged to the student.

Fee

Prices may varies depending on the country and venues, please see course listing.

Next step

Toddler Yoga CPD (Attendance to a CPD every 2 years is mandatory in order to get your qualification)

If you wish to teach classes for younger babies: Nurturing Baby Massage and Baby Yoga.

To look after the mums: Postnatal Yoga

Certified Birthlight Teachers who have completed a Baby yoga Diploma and two additional short courses become qualified as Birthlight Practitioners in Baby Yoga. Additional courses can be Toddler Yoga and Nurturing Baby Massage or Postnatal Yoga and Nurturing Baby Massage for example.

Course feedback

"I have really enjoyed the course - so informative and the tutor has been so helpful. My only worry is remembering all the songs that correspond to the moves - I do realise that we can make our own collection and I did get the DVD."  Ireland, Oct 2016

List of benefits for your clients when teaching a Birthlight class

Toddler yoga enhances physical wellbeing and stimulates language, listening and developmental skills, but also nourishes the spirit and strengthens family bonds. During the transition to independent movement when toddlers’ physical contact with their parents is often diminished, toddler yoga supports loving and playful contact and provides a positive shared experience to carry young families through what can be a challenging time as they tackle tantrums and boundary testing. Parents are re-connected with their own inner child, their creativity and intuition.

  • Promotes strength and flexibility
  • Provides the foundation for a healthy lifestyle
  • Sustains loving and playful contact and communication
  • Provides a positive shared routine
  • Provides an opportunity for parents to exercise and have fun with their children
  • Supports integrated development and self - confidence
  • Creates circles of friendship.

Advice

Please practice yoga regularly, preferably by attending a weekly local class, to further your understanding of yoga, particularly if you come from a non-yoga background.

Be prepared for your coursework by planning your venue and parents/toddlers pairs! You will need at least 3 parent and toddler pairs over 5 sessions.


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