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planning report for a leisure education program

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Leisure Education Programming and Mental Health Planning Report By Amanda Presbury 16346228 Contents 1. Personal philosophy on leisure pg 3 2. Program Report pg 4 2.1 Introduction pg 4 2.2 Issues in the design and planning stage pg4 2.3 Issues in the implementing stage pg 5 2.4 Issues in the evaluation stage pg 6 2.5 Conclusion pg 7 Reference List pg 8 1. My philosophy on Leisure Leisure is a term that could have a different meaning for every individual. The general definition of leisure is the portion of an individual's time that is not directly devoted to work or work-connected responsibilities or to other obligated forms of maintenance or self-care (Kraus 2001). The English word leisure is derived from the Latin word licere, meaning "to be permitted" or "to be free." The early Greek word scole or skole meant leisure, which led to the English word school or scholar (Kraus 2001). The meaning of leisure has changed through time. Everyone has their own definition of leisure. To me leisure is doing something that you enjoy, something that you are good at, or it makes you feel good while you are doing it. I live in the Blue Mountains and love going on bushwalks and bike rides with my friends or family on the weekend. Some people do not see this as leisure, but it makes me feel good inside. ...read more.

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Similar considerations are needed when looking at the various intellectual capabilities of children. Some children's intellect can develop quickly at a young age where as some children can have impaired intellect and developmental delays. When planning activities for children they should be fun, challenging and stimulating to a variety of intellectual levels (Dattilo, 2002). Or on the other hand, designing multiple, slightly different programs may be appropriate in which students can achieve progression in various areas. As every child has a different family, cultural and social background there is a need for emotional considerations also. The emotional state of a child can also become an issue, as their life outside of the program is relatively unknown and uncontrollable by the program. Having a fun, upbeat atmosphere and positive attitude from teachers can provide an oasis of kinds for children, a place where they feel safe (Bryan et al, 2008). Providing psychological care in the form of counsellors or qualified personnel could be an effective tool for overcoming potential issues surrounding the child's emotional stability (Bryan et al, 2008). Also the variety of cultures and beliefs of Australian children should be taken into careful consideration as to ensure that all aspects of the program are appropriate to all racial and cultural backgrounds and personal beliefs. Hence, considerations need to be met in the food that is provided to the dress codes or uniforms being used (Rossman et al, 2008). ...read more.

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This is where having good organisation comes in to play. It is vital for ongoing documentation to take place throughout the duration of the program (Dattilo, 2008). This paints a more accurate picture of what takes place rather than trying to evaluate on an entire program and all its finer details at the end of the program. Furthermore having access to appropriate technologies can also aid in this process. Having computer programs and online documents can decrease the chance of losing paper documents and checklists and a good, simple system can be set-up that can be easily accessed (McLean et al, 2008). This access may become an issue when funding comes in to play. If there is no allocated funds for this technology a more careful and managed approach should be exercised. With proper organisation and recording throughout and at the end of the program numerous issues in evaluation can be drastically reduced. 2.5 Conclusion It can be seen that a number of issues have the potential to arise when planning, designing, implementing and evaluating a program for a pre-school. When taking into consideration a child's personal history, socio-economic status, beliefs, disability, and their social, political and cultural environment preventative measures can be put in place to stop these issues from occurring. It is with thought and time that ways of overcoming these issues can be sought and a successful program undertaken. ...read more.

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