Company kindergarten of HELM AG receives commendation award as an “exercise day-care centre”

Sport Senator awards commendations to the first eight of such facilities in Hamburg.

Being active and staying healthy – this is an objective that cannot be initiated early enough. For this reason, the Hamburg Ministry for the Interior and Sports, in cooperation with the Sportjugend (a youth sports organisation) and the “Verband für Turnen und Freizeit” (an association for gymnastics and leisure time), launched the initiative “Auf die Plätze, fertig, los!” (on your marks – get set – go!) to encourage children to exercise more. An element of this initiative is the commendation as a so-called “Bewegungskita” (exercise day-care centre) awarded to kindergartens that integrate sports and games into their daily routines.

The company kindergarten of HELM AG is one of the first eight such facilities in the Hanseatic city that are now delighted to have received this coveted award. The kindergarten teachers take the children in their charge on exercise-oriented excursions out in the open, to forests, or to playgrounds on a daily basis. In the gym already available, children are coached in sports several times each week. Swimming lessons are organised for pre-school children as part of the “Pinguin Schwimmschule” (penguin swimming school) programme to ensure that they are also fit in the water. The teachers at the day-care centre are specially trained, for instance in giving the youngest of kids psychomotor-related coaching, and they continually receive further advanced training in this field.