Choosing the right awards for children’s ceremonies can be difficult as children of different ages respond differently to a range of factors depending on individual circumstances, maturity and age. Below is a simple guide to help you choose the right awards that are relevant to each age category.
0 – 3 years
For this age category, simple is best when it comes to awards. Young children of under 3 years are unlikely to distinguish between different types of awards and their meanings. The safety of the awards should also be considered, as some shapes and materials could potentially be a hazard to young children.
4 – 7 years
Children between the ages of 4 and 7 are often presented with awards for participating in various activities and/or sports. These are often non-exclusive and are presented to each child. This ensures that no child is left out, encouraging everyone to continue participating and rewarding their efforts for doing so. Awards for achievement such as ‘Best and Fairest’ are also beginning to be presented to children in this category.
8 – 11 years
In this age group, the awards presented begin to take on a greater range. Children are often presented with various awards for effort, achievement and improvement. This allows different kids to be rewarded according to their personal strengths. The children can also feel more motivated, using the awards as a goal to work towards throughout the year or sporting season.
12 -15 years
Similarly to the 8 – 11 years age category, children between the ages of 12 – 15 often have the chance to be considered for a range of different awards. In addition to the existing list of awards for effort, achievement and improvement, children of this age range may also be beginning to coach or mentor younger players. They are often rewarded for their efforts in supporting the junior teams.
16 – 18 years
Once children reach the age of 16, it may also be appropriate to present selected individuals with awards for long term commitment or service to the sporting club. These awards recognise the child’s loyalty and commitment over the years.
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