Class movements: When will my child move up?
As a parent, you love to hear your child is doing well and want them to progress. We absolutely want that too.
So how do we determine when your child moves up a group, and what if they don't move this term?
I'll be honest, it's not an exact science.
There's many reasons for this but the best way I can explain it is that we work with people and we're each not an exact science either. As much as we can set curriculums, definitions and skill requirements for each class level sometimes good old people skills and common sense are needed to place a child in the correct group.
Everyone is different and we love that. It's something we're passionate about recognising and developing at Affinity. Plus administratively, we're a fast growing and developing organisation which creates some extra factors to consider when moving gymnasts to different classes.
So, here's an insight into what we do:
- We ALWAYS want to progress and provide every gymnast with what they need. This is number one, numero uno. This is in our minds first and foremost as it likely is in yours. So you can trust us to either get this right, or if we feel we don't or could be doing something else, we'll 100% be listening and wanting to hear from you so we can work together to achieve this. We feel we know our industry and classes well, but we see your child only once or twice a week - you live with them and know them the best! We've got to work together here. Do get in touch with us if you don't feel we've got something right or if your child needs something else from us.
- We have criteria for each class level in terms of age, skills, ability and maturity. This ensures each group are in the right place to all work together and progress. So we'll only move gymnasts up when they match the profile for that next class up.
- As a growing organisation, we are becoming limited in some areas by availability of class places. So we may have to prioritise those who really need to move up (usually by age) and keep some gymnasts more on the 'borderline' of the next class up in their current class and move them when a place becomes available - sometimes this is after re-enrolment is over, sometimes this is mid term.
- To counteract no.3, we are great at tailoring our coaching. This isn't always visible when viewing a class through the window where you can't hear the coaches. For example, for an older child in the beginners class we will be giving them more detailed or technical feedback than a younger child. As they are able to take on more information about their gymnastics we can provide it. The detail is in how we're coaching and developing that gymnast to be aware of their movements so they can progress. We also give extra challenges by changing activities where suitable. So don't be worried if your child isn't moving up right now, item 1 is always in our minds and we will be doing everything we can to provide for your child's needs.
I hope this helps provide an insight into how we manage class progression at Affinity.
As always, we're very welcoming for feedback so please do get in touch with your thoughts and ideas.