1. WHERE DOES Rubber Ducks Swim School OPERATE?
Currently we are only running lessons in Willand.
2. HOW DO I BOOK?
Contact us on our facebook page
3. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF EARLY YEARS SWIMMING?
Every child benefits from being in the water.
Not only does it improve whole development of mind and body, we believe swimming is a skill every child should learn.
Studies show that babies and young children (0-5 Years) that participate in swimming lessons are incredibly 7 months ahead in their motor skill development, 10 months ahead in cognitive development (reading, writing and numeracy skills) and 15 months ahead in social and emotional development.
Being in the water with your child is a special and unique bonding experience; one to one with focused attention.
You will learn how to confidently support and guide your child, in the water and support them when learning new skills.
Swimming is great exercise, and a great part of an active lifestyle.
Swimming develops stronger heart and lung muscles; improving cardio- respiratory system.
Improves sleep patterns & appetite.
Improved baby communication: reading non-verbal signs and signals.
Motor control, agility, co-ordination and balance development.
Social development, making friends and learning with others.
Improved water confidence, and respect for the environment.
Early water safety awareness and skills.
Early swimming development.
4. HOW MUCH DO LESSONS COST?
All our classes are paid monthly in advance usually on the 1st of each month.
We run classes term time only, so our booking system will send you an invoice 7 days before payment. And will charge for the number of classes we have that month.
Baby/ Tots and pre-school = £10 per session
Learn to swim = £7.50 per session
A months’ notice is required for cancelling your space
5. HOW DO I MAKE PAYMENT?
You will be asked to set up card details on your parent portal, invoices are set monthly 7 days before payment. Payment is taken automatically.
6. WHAT SHOULD I PACK FOR SWIMMING?
Essential Baby Tots and Pre-school
RUBBER DUCKS swim school
operates a double nappy system.
Swim nappy - We highly recommend getting one of the reusable swim nappy's fits 3 months to 3 years and helps save the environment.
Neoprene nappy cover. To best avoid any leakages into the pool - until fully toilet trained.
Adults Swimwear –No loose-fitting swimwear and avoid bikini's as little ones tend to pull or hold on to the straps!
Towels, and Hooded robes – Keeping snug after swimming is important. We recommend bringing babies towel onto poolside with you.
Babies and Tots can also wear a warmer suit or wrap for extra warmth
Warm clothes – Bring warm clothes and a hat to keep your baby snug after swimming.
Wet wipes and creams.
Dummy/ Teething toy - if needed
Essential for learn to swim from 4 years old
Due to covid restrictions we are not allowing changing room usage or spectators on poolside.
Children will be collected by a teacher from the main steps on the main road. Parents will also pick up at the end of the class from the steps.
They may only bring onto poolside with them SHOES, WARM TOWEL OR DRESSING GOWN.
Goggles and swimming hat optional
Reminder children will not be allowed to cross the main road to meet parents in the car. Anyone collecting a child will need to be at the main steps. (social distant)
Classes may run slightly later due to change over times, we are trying our best to make sure children get a full ½ hour session in the water.
7. DO I HAVE TO PUT MY BABY UNDERWATER?
We introduce babies and young children to water with above water gentle practices.
We do later teach and create opportunities for your baby/child to go into the water.
This only happens when a baby or child is communicating, engaging, understanding and giving positive signals they want to go underwater.
Best practice of the Swimming Teachers Association is not relying on reflexes and only use baby/child led practices.
8. HOW LONG ARE THE LESSONS?
All lessons are half an hour. 30 Minutes
9. POOL PARENTING - TOP TIPS
Enjoy and relax - Babies and young children can pick up on all your expressive language; facial, touch, body language etc. If your relaxed and enjoy the water, they will be too!
Tune in and be in the moment – When you enter the pool with your little one you are in a unique environment brilliant for creating a special bonding. Enjoy becoming more attuned with your child and let them lead you in their fun!
Exploration & Experience: It's important to allow time to try, feel, hear, watch, taste and listen. Experimenting and experiencing is how babies and young children learn new things! Part of learning to swim is allowing young children time to discover the world around them through exploratory activities and games.
10. WHY HAS MY CHILD STOPPED DOING OR ENJOYING SOMETHING THEY PREVIOUSLY DID?
If a child is not enjoying doing something they previously did, it is most commonly because they are learning a new skill or going through a physical development stage. Milestones!
Are they teething? Learning to crawl, stand or walk? and speech development can also affect our toddler's.
Learning something new (out of the water) can sometimes affect what happens in the water. The developing brain needs time to take in and process the new information or skill being learnt.
Once the brain has processed and decided how to use it; a child should regain the skills they previously did, and often progress in their swimming skills after a big milestone.
Being patient, working at your child's pace and following their lead on playing and participating in activities is the best way to support your child through these times. We use toys, discovery play, increase independence, exploration and changing perception to help our babies/children enjoy learning in the water.