Case Study

Apex Training Solutions work very closely with Martenscroft School Nursery who are a National Teaching school Head of Centres. They have and are still successfully running the Little-Strikers programme within their setting and achieved some remarkable results which not only benefits the participants but also the centre as a whole. Due to this success they have also moved onto Apex’s F.A.S.T Mat Programme (Fundamental Active Skills Training) and are receiving early signs of the benefits of using this programme.

Debbie Keary (Head of Centres) National Teaching School

‘Little-Strikers’ was one of the programmes implemented to address the obesity issues within the local area. The sessions have been delivered on a weekly basis and a three year trend data from 2013-2015 demonstrated a reduction of the % of children who fall into the obese category.

Martenscroft National Teaching School Head of Centres
Little-Strikers Impact Report

Martens Croft Nursery School and Childrens Centre is an inner city school and childrens centre located in Hulme, Manchester. We provide a wide range of high quality holistic services for children and their families from pre-birth to 5 years of age.

Hulme ward is identified as the 4th most deprived ward in the country. As such the percentage of children at the end of reception year that are obese and reported to have excess weight is above the National average. 'Little-Strikers' is one of the programmes we have implemented to address the obesity issue. The sessions have been delivered weekly from 2014. The three year trend data from 2013 (11%) - 2015 (9.4%) demonstrates a reduction of 1.6% of the percentage of children in reception year who are obese and 2013 (25.8%) - 2015 (24.4%) a reduction of 1.4% of children measured for excess weight.

Martens Croft has been fortunate enough to work with 'Little-Strikers' delivering the programme for children aged from 18 months to  years of age.

The impact of 'Little-Strikers' has contributed to the improved outcomes for the children across all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage particularly in Physical, Personal, Social and Emotional development.

The programme has also been used as an early intervention for identified children who have presented with challenging behaviour, low in listening, attention, speaking or confidence skills. Children have all progressed in these areas and are making more contributions in lessons and also one point progress from emerging to developing or developing to secure most moving 2+ in relation to their age related expectation within the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

All children that have participated in 'Little-Strikers' show improvement on both their gross motor and fine motor development as well as increased confidence which has contributed to their self-esteem, as well as their improved ability to listen, carry out instructions, more importantly they have had FUN whilst learning and being physically active from an ealry age and supports their development as competent, confident and healthy movers.

the accredited training that the staff received was of the highest quality and provded them with continous professional development. They all agined their level 1 coaching certificate. The training has enhanced their knowledge and skills in delivering high quality age appropriate physical activities for very young children.

Having experienced 'Little-Strikers' first hand and seeing the benefits of improved outcomes for the children and strengthening the work with parents, this ia a programme that we will continue to deliver and develop in partnership with Neil and Karen from 'Little-Strikers'.

Debbie Keary

Head of Centres.