UNI Panther Play

The Department of Kinesiology will be offering its early childhood movement program (formerly known as UNI Kindergym) for children between the ages of 2 – 5 during the FALL Semester 2018. The program’s schedule will include six (6) Saturdays: September 8, 15, 22, 29 and October 6, 13. All sessions will be held in Gym 84 of the Wellness/Recreation Center. Each Saturday there will be sessions held from 9:00 to 9:50 AM and from 10:00 to 10:50 AM. The 9:00 session will be mainly for the 4-5 year olds while the 10:00 session will be mainly for the 2-3 year olds. You may park in the lot directly north of the Wellness Center without charge or in the lot across Hudson Road and take the tunnel to the Wellness/Recreation Center, entering through the northeast doors.

Registration fees for the FALL 2018 semester will be $30.00 for EACH CHILD. Since our program is very cost friendly ($5 per/session) we will not be offering discounts to UNI employees. UNI Panther PlayTM T-shirts displaying the program’s logo will be available (limited sizes) during the first few weeks of September for a cost of $5.

WE ARE NOT changing the design (light purple/lavender) of the shirts this YEAR, but we may have alternative sizes as needed.

A parent or guardian is required to accompany the child during each session. We have found that most children feel more secure when a "familiar face" is nearby and although care is taken in providing a challenging, yet safe environment, the adult is still essential in promoting safe behaviors and activities within this environment.

IMPORTANT: We also REQUIRE that when circumstances dictate that older siblings must accompany the adult and UNI Panther PlayTM participant to the session, the older child take a passive role during the session so as not to inhibit or endanger the younger children.

We ask that older children who may need to come with a parent or guardian stay with that parent or guardian during the entire session. Older children MAY NOT be on ANY EQUIPMENT or ENGAGED IN ANY OF THE ACTIVITIES that are planned for the 2-5 year old participants.

Best practice is to bring alternative activities for older children to engage during our sessions.

Registration for the FALL 2018 UNI Panther PlayTM program will begin immediately and continue until all of the registration slots are filled. Questions may be directed to Dr. Kimberly Hurley, UNI Panther PlayTM, 119 WRC, Kimberly.Hurley@uni.edu Phone: 319-273-2685. Our FALL 2018 program will have planned physical activity stations that focus on age-appropriate movement skills (gross & fine motor skills) that encourage success in a fun atmosphere. We are excited to offer this hand's on opportunity to our Cedar Valley area parents, children and university student communities. We look forward to having you join the UNI Panther PlayTM family to share in our fun and excitement.

Please Note when you sign up your child that we use videotape or photo sessions to improve our educational program and do NOT share these outside of educational purposes.