Preschool Circus Program
5 Week Circus Fun and Physical Skills Program
Active circus performance and workshop promoting child wellbeing, confidence and
This popular circus program is specifically designed for children in education and care settings to engage in a range of developmentally appropriate and FUN activities which promote:
gross motor skill development (including fundamental movement skills)
turn-taking and social skills
Each session begins with a 10-minute fun and engaging circus show performed by the session facilitator. For the remainder of the session children are invited to participate in a circus workshop. The workshop provides opportunities for children to explore different movement patterns using their body, as well as various circus props including juggling scarves, spinning plates, twirling sticks and hula hoops. Each child will have access to the circus props for the duration of the workshop, and are encouraged to participate and practise in a playful and supported way. An additional session (delivered via zoom or at the centre) is available to assist educators with incorporating these skills into a daily program. This session includes resources to support ongoing skill development.
Links to National Quality Standard, Early Years Learning Framework, Get Up and Grow and Munch and Move
National Quality Standard 2.1: Each child’s health and physical activity is supported and promoted
During each session, the facilitator fosters children’s physical and psychological development by modelling and teaching physical skills that are challenging, extend children’s thinking and offer opportunities for children to take manageable risks.
Early Years Learning Framework Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity
The program facilitator helps children develop their emerging autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience and sense of agency by:
allowing time and space for children to engage with the circus props and practise skills
supporting children’s efforts, assisting and encouraging as appropriate
displaying delight, encouragement and enthusiasm for children’s attempts.
Early Years Learning Framework Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
The program facilitator helps children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing by:
Challenging and supporting children to persevere at learning new skills through play
Responding to children’s ideas and incorporating where possible
Acknowledging and affirming children’s efforts
This program also aligns with and promotes the NSW Health Munch and Move key message: Get Active Each Day, and the Australian Government Get Up and Grow recommendation that Toddlers (1 to 3 years) and pre-schoolers (3 to 5 years) should be physically active every day for at least three hours, spread throughout the day.