January 27th, 2015
Behind the Scenes: Amanda’s Action Club
In the second instalment of our Behind the Scenes series, we caught up with Amanda Frolich. Amanda is the founder of the the very popular Amanda’s Action Club. Her classes are loved by parents and children alike, and she runs weekly sessions at Chiswick Town Hall. The Action Club is so much more than music and movement – it is an educational mini work-out, and the programme promotes the importance of healthy eating and exercise in a positive way.
1.Tell us a bit about you:
My name is Action Amanda and I’m a full time working mum to a 10 year old girl called Bibi. I run Amanda’s Action Club which teaches pre-school children how to be physically active through fun, fitness and music classes. We also do parties and visit private nurseries and children’s centres.
2. How did you get started?
I have been teaching for twenty years and my concept was born when I attended a music and movement course and decided that I had a natural affinity working with children. Using versatile props and modern music, I educate children in a fun environment.
3. What can parents expect from Amanda’s Action Club?
Our classes are dynamic, interactive, participative, educational and inclusive! We dance, we sing, we learn through the music, and most important of all, we have fun!
4. What’s the best thing about teaching?
I enjoy watching children learn and develop through the concept I have created. If I can encourage pre-school children to be active and healthy from a young age, they may then turn into our sports stars of the future.
5. What advice do you have for mums and dads to help increase their children’s confidence?
I strongly believe that confident parents produce confident children. Don’t be afraid to be silly and have fun with your child. Encourage them to laugh, explore life and be happy.
6. What are your tips for organising the time of children under 4 years old, fitting in classes etc?
I went back to work 6 weeks after having my daughter. My mother looked after my little girl full time, so I made sure she had an activity schedule planned. She attended ballet and active play groups where she could run around. From my experience, I would advise parents to schedule your child’s activities to their needs. Think about what they enjoy and then book the relevant classes and activities, and request that your childcare provider incorporates them into the week’s plans.
7. How can parents continue the good work they learn in your classes when they get home?
For this very reason I am developing an idea to package props with an instructional DVD or download so that carers and parents can interact with me at home. A well known children’s store is now interested in the idea, so watch this space! I’d also suggest parents keep children active at home by encouraging them to move about and play, interact and engage; pre-planning activities can help and of course visits to the park.
Ready to sign up? Find out where and when you and your children can join Amanda’s Action Club.