Bristol

Bristol

Following government guidance, we are excited to welcome you all back!

Creativity, Confidence, Friendship… It all starts at Gymboree Play & Music!

Our classes utilise a unique and impressive combination of music, movement, props, imaginary exploration and custom-designed and patented gym apparatus, all to create a fun and magical world where children learn, thrive and most importantly have fun.

Our expert teachers support you through 45 minutes of structured activities, exploration, and learning. Our curriculum has been designed by early years childhood experts and psychologists, to challenge your child as they grow at every stage of their development from 0 to 5 years.  Our apparatus set ups  and themes change every two weeks to provide both repetition and new challenges.

We have adapted our classes as set out in our Covid-19 tab, but we promise they will still be lots of fun with social, cognitive and physical development goals at their heart!  Please see our video for details on how we have adapted to our new normal >> Gymboree Bristol new normal video

Open five days a week, our ever popular classes are delivered to our members by our fantastic team at our site in Westbury on Trym.

Click HERE for a link to our class request form, and we will get in contact to offer you a Free trial.

For more information or if you have any questions contact us at bristol@gymboreeclasses.co.uk 

 

Directions

You can now download directions to our site in Westbury on Trym (BS9) by clicking here

You can find us in the Annex behind the RAFA club.

New Timetable!

Gymboree Bristol September 2020 Timetable

Please fill in our trial form or email us at bristol@gymboreeclasses.co.uk for the latest class availability, or to arrange a Free Trial!

 

The class levels are explained below.

 

How membership works, benefits and fees:

We run a membership system where our members pay monthly.  Unlike many 0-5 classes, Gymboree classes run throughout the year, we only close for a couple of weeks a year (at most) and bank holidays.  Members are entitled to take up to 6 weeks payment holidays across the year, where we pro rate fees if you are away, in order to update our booking system and payments you should give us a month’s notice in advance.

Our membership will ordinarily (pre Covid) include daily open gyms (access to our gym floor 5 days a week, just turn up no need to book) and free make up sessions if you miss a class for any reason.  We believe we provide the best value classes in Bristol!

Our new normal has meant we have had to adapt these benefits.  Open gyms must be pre-booked and numbers will be restricted in line with government guidance.  Make up session can be booked but will depend on availability, if you know you are going to miss a class let us know and we can offer it to another member.  We do have a new membership benefit coming out of lockdown, all new members can join our online facebook group which has over 3 months of classes / sessions from lockdown, alongside story videos and arts activity videos.  Hours of entertainment for your little one!

Our fees include all the above benefits, we have a minimum 2 month membership, so about 8/9 weeks which is comparable to most terms.  We ask you to give us one months notice to leave in order that we can update the booking system, give you a chance to use any make ups, and to cancel payments in good time.

We currently offer:

Play and Learn membership for Levels 2 to 7 including the family class, £37 per month, equating to c£8/9 per week for comparison.  There is a 50% sibling discount.

Baby membership at £35 per month, equating to about £8 per class.

We do offer back to work membership for £26 per month, which is the same as above but only 2 classes in a calendar month, alongside all our other benefits, open gym access, gymbo@home membership.

We run baby massage classes in blocks of 4 weeks (1 hour 15 minutes per session) which are £50, led by Abi who is qualified with the International Association of Infant Massage, (IAIM), the only internationally recognised curriculum.  Not all baby massage classes are the same!

We do not operate pay as you go sessions.

Free trials – We offer free trials so that you can see what Gymboree is all about before joining us.  When we book you into a class for a trial, you are counted as a space in our timetable above, if you join us you can then continue in the class you trialled.  As our class numbers are restricted at present we ask that you confirm if you would like to join the class to the teacher at the end of the session or via email within 24 hours of your trial.  This means if you decide not to join us we can offer the space to the next family on the waiting list.  If you have any questions after your trial please do ask the teacher, or just drop us an email, we are always happy to help!

Membership Agreement September 2020

Our new normal

Please see our video for details on how we have adapted to our new normal at Gymboree Play and Music Bristol >> Click here for the Gymboree Bristol new normal video

At Gymboree Play and Music Bristol yours, your little ones and our staff’s safety is our number one priority. We have in place several safety procedures to ensure we maintain the highest levels of cleanliness and hygiene possible. Please feel free to contact us directly with any questions or to request to view our risk assessments, however below we have listed our main policy points so that you can read and feel reassured before attending our classes.
  • We ask you to stick with the same class each week for the foreseeable future so we can limit the interaction of households.
  • All class arrival times and exit times are staggered to remove crossover between class bubbles.
  • Hand sanitiser is available on entrance and at cleaning stations across the play floor and site. These can be accessed at anytime throughout your class
  • We ask that you bring as few belongings to class as possible to reduce the risk of cross contamination. Each family will have a coat peg and box to store their belongings in the reception area
  • We have limited space for buggies in reception (maximum of 3) and outside under the shelter by our back door.
  • All staff and visitors are asked to have their temperature before entering the building.  Anyone with a high temperature will not be allowed in to class and will have to follow the Government guidance for self isolation.
  • No mobile phone use in class to ensure you can commit to social distancing.
  • Social distancing rules must be adhered to during the class, it is your responsibility to keep your child within an arm’s reach at all times.
  • Each family will be provided with a props bucket for their use throughout the class. Props will not be shared and fully cleaned and sanitised after each use
  • Play floor mats and equipment, as well as all shared spaces including our bathroom and reception area, will be cleaned and sanitised between every session
  • Class numbers will be reduced to adhere to social distancing
  • There will be 1 family per set up on the play floor at all times, rotating throughout the class
  • Staff will wear clear face shields so that the children can still see their smiling faces
  • Open Gym sessions have been reduced and a booking system for attending these will now be in place
  • Every visitor to the building must be pre-booked so that we can control numbers and keep a record for track and trace purposes
  • Windows and our back door (a gate has been put in place) will be open for increased ventilation
  • To reduce the time spent inside we ask that all class booking, absences and payment queries are asked via email or phone
  • All classes will be adapted to exclude:
    • Gymbo stamps
    • Gymbo kisses
    • Some toys and props
    • Blowing bubbles by mouth
We feel these changes are necessary in order for us to keep everyone safe and please do be assured that we are following all guidance very carefully.  We fully appreciate that not having use of the cafe and spontaneous access to open gym sessions will be a change that many of our members will miss and we hope that in time we will be able to return to more ‘normal’ daily routines.

Covid-19 FAQs!

 
Will classes look and feel the same?
In order to keep everyone safe we have had to adjust our classes slightly but it is important that you know that there will still be all the fun, laughter and games that makes our play floor such a great place for your little ones to enjoy and learn in. During all group time we ask you find yourself a spot to sit on marked out on the mats, these allow you to keep a 2m distance from the other adults in the room. Class sizes will be smaller allowing for you to distance yourself easily. We will still have all the same activities and games in our classes however rather that all going to a set up together, each family will be at their own set up exploring that activity, but don’t worry, during the class you will get to explore all the set ups! Background music will be played at a lower volume and your class teachers will sing less than they used to and at a lower volume.
 
What about the props and equipment used in classes?
Each child will have their own props bucket, full of goodies that they can use freely throughout the class. As you enter the play floor simply collect yours from the window ledge. At the end of each class these props will be removed from the play floor and sterilised thoroughly. Prop use will be limited, and we will only be offering props that are able to be safely sterilised. The equipment and matts will be cleaned in between every class. We have timetabled a full 30 minutes in between each class to allow for a thorough clean of the play floor. In order to support us with this we ask that you leave the site promptly after class.
 
How many people can attend class with my child?
For us to maintain distancing within the class setting we must ask that only one adult attends class per child. Older siblings will not be able to attend their younger siblings’ classes for the time being. Younger siblings can attend their older siblings class provided they are always in a sling. We can no longer allow babies to remain in car seats on the play-floor as this will block much needed space on the mats.
 
Can I bring my baby in their car seat if they are sleeping when I arrive?
For sensory baby play and baby massage classes you will still be welcome to bring car seats in with you if necessary, for sleeping babies. These classes take place in our clubhouse and each baby will have their own mat which will be spaced out at a 2-metre distance so you will have space for your belongings.
 
What Health and safety measures are you putting in place?
Yours, your little ones, and our staff’s safety has always been our top priority so you can rest assured that we are following the governments guidance to ensure our classes are as safe as they possibly can be. Our staff have all undertaken infection control and covid-19 safety training. Hand sanitiser will be readily available throughout the building, the equipment, props, and touch points will all be cleaned between every session and toilets will be cleaned every hour. Staff will always be wearing face coverings and we will only be able to accept contactless payment for any onsite payments. Our cafe will be closed until further notice and we will not be able to provide gymbo stamps or gymbo stickers to the children. We also ask that we take yours and your little one’s temperatures before attending class each week and please do not attend if you have any covid-19 symptoms. All visitors to the building (staff, members, and new customers) will be required to pre-book and we will be accepting no walk-in visitors to enhance track and trace abilities.
 
What do I need to do when I arrive?
To ensure the car park and entranceways will not be congested we must ask that you arrive to class no more than 5 minutes prior to the start time. To control this effectively, our main entrance will be locked, and staff will open the doors when it is time for your class. If you arrive early to class, we will ask that you remain in your car where possible until such time as the staff unlock the doors. Upon entering the building you will be required to use the hand sanitiser provided and wear a face covering. Each family will have access to a coat peg and storage box for any belongings to prevent the risk of cross contamination. You will then be required to use the hand sanitiser provided before entering the play floor.
 
Where can I store my buggy?
It would be great if you could avoid bringing a buggy or pram to class but if this is not possible we have space for 2/3 prams in our reception area or if not they can be left outside under the overhang by our backroom adjacent to the car park.
 
What do I need to wear and what does my child need to wear?
We must ask that all adults wear a face covering when inside the Gymboree building. Adults must also wear clean socks on the play floor. You will be able to purchase face masks at reception if you forget yours.
Children do not need to wear a face covering and must be in bare feet while on the play floor.
 
How do I book catch up sessions?
Make up sessions can be booked but depend on class availability and there may be fewer options. To allow us to maximise the opportunity for make ups, please let us know if you cannot attend class so that we can offer the space to another family. We will also share any spaces on the Gymbo@home Facebook group.
 
How do I book Open Gym Sessions?
We will be gradually introducing open gym sessions back to our timetable and by the beginning of October there will be one a day. To ensure social distancing and for your safety we are significantly reducing the number of children who can attend these sessions and they must be booked in advance. Initially a maximum of one space per family will be available to book per week and booking will be open the Friday of the week before at 9am. We appreciate this is not how we want to operate open gyms but for the time being this is the safest and fairest option. While our benefits have been adapted Gymboree still provides great value for all our members.
 
Will I Have access to toilets and changing facilities?
Yes! One family can access our bathroom at a time and there is now a high lock on the inside of the door
 
What have you done to ensure permission to open?
Alongside following government guidelines, we have spoken to trading standards/environmental health, the children’s activity association and our insurance provider and after showing them our risk assessments, our cleaning procedures, and our infection control training qualifications we have been given the green light to open.
 
 
What is happening to the ‘Gymbo@home’ Facebook group?
It’s here to stay! All members will be invited to join it., if they are not already. All the content from lockdown will stay so you can continue to access all the fun and games.
If we go into a local lockdown we will upload new content until we are able to open again. We will also post any class vacancies that can be used for make up sessions and open gym availability.
 
Overview
  • Classes will continue to be happy, fun, and as safe as possible!
  • Teachers and adults must wear face coverings
  • Hand sanitiser will be provided and must be used
  • Temperatures will be taken before entering the site
  • Please only arrive 5 minutes prior to your class start time
  • Please bring as few belongings as possible with you
  • Please email with any queries
  • Each child will have their own bucket of props
  • When starting class please find a dot on the mats with your child, 2 metres apart from other adults.
  • Only one adult can attend class per child and siblings are not permitted to attend classes (unless a baby in a sling)
  • Only one family per set up at a time
  • We will work together to ensure social distancing
  • Open gyms sessions must be Pre booked – no walk ins can be accepted

Gymboree Classes offer unrivalled flexibility, attend a class that works for you, at a time that works for you each week.

Bristol IAIM Infant Massage A4 Brochure

Membership T&Cs.

Gymbo@Home

All our members can also join Gymbo@home via our facebook group as part of their membership.  This group is available to all our members and includes access to over 5 months worth of activities and recorded classes!

Normal price for Gymbo@Home is £15 per month.

Meet the team!

At Gymboree Bristol we have a super talented and dedicated team who want to make your experience the best possible.  Here is a little more about the team in their own words!

Meet Abi

I have the pleasure of being the Franchisee for Gymboree Play and Music Bristol, so far it has been quite the adventure!

I am a mum to three little girls and my first Gymbo experience was 6 years ago when we came to a friends first birthday, and from that moment I knew Gymboree was the only class for us. All three of my girls have been Gymboree babies, working their way through the levels, attending baby massage courses and having so much fun. I’ve seen first hand the impact our classes can have on a child both physically and cognitively and what a safe and fun place it is to be. My second little girl has Down Syndrome and the impact Gymboree has had on her development has been amazing.

I’ve always loved working with children and before Gymboree I was a deputy head in a primary school. There are too many years to mention but during my time as a teacher I’ve taught all years from reception to year 6. It was a job I absolutely loved and never expected to leave but my whilst on maternity leave the opportunity to run Gymboree came up. It was an opportunity I could not walk away from!  As an experienced teacher I am a huge advocate of the Gymboree early years curriculum and I especially enjoy running our school skills class!

I am very proud of our enthusiastic, talented and dedicated Bristol team who ooze all things Gymbo from every pore!  Getting to meet so many wonderful families and see their little ones develop in so many ways…first rolls, steps, claps, jumps will always be such a privilege to witness.  No day is ever the same but they are always full of smiles!

 

Meet Polly

I absolutely love working at Gymboree!

I feel so special to get to be a part of little ones’ early lives; watching them grow, learn new skills and hit new milestones is such a precious thing that I get to share with the families that come to Gymboree.

Getting to be involved in their development is such an amazing experience, from bonding with the children and grownups, to watching their personalities grow and blossom. Each day so many things amaze me, I am constantly laughing and beaming with joy at the sweet, cheeky, mischievous and curious characters that I see!

I have a BA Hons in Professional Musicianship – Song writing and love being able to bring all my Musical and Performance knowledge to my day-to-day life at Gymbo! Outside of Gymbo I run my own Music Business as a Professional Singer, Musician and Manager (I play Guitar, Ukulele, Bass and Basic Piano too!)

Some personal highlights, performing arts wise, have to be performing at Glastonbury, The Edinburgh Fringe, The National Theatre and Latitude!

I used to Teach Music at a Primary School to Reception, Year 3 and Year 4 classes, and also taught at a Performing Arts School for 4-6yrs, but Early Years is definitely where my true passion lies!

I love coming to work, for me it’s exciting when Monday morning comes around, and I’m very lucky to have such an amazing team to work with too!

Meet Vince

I absolutely love working at Gymboree and there are so many incredible parts to my job presenting challenges and rewards in equal measure. Each day and class are always full of surprises and keep me on my toes, with the children always making sure I’m ready to improvise or adapt to new suggestions and scenarios within the current theme. It’s also an absolute delight getting to know the children and families and see their incredible development throughout their membership over the months and years. To be so directly involved in such a crucial part of their development is a really amazing experience and I feel extremely lucky to be able to help them as they reach their milestones.

Outside of Gymboree I teach violin during the week and perform in my band Imprints, gigging regularly throughout the year at various festivals and venues including Glastonbury for the first time in 2019! I started my band back when I was at University in Falmouth where I earned my BA Hons in Theatre: Performance. I learnt so much during my degree, honing and perfecting my performance skills of which nearly all can be applied to my role here at Gymboree. I’d say it was a perfect fit.

Reviews for Gymboree Play and Music Bristol

Check out some of the reviews we have had from our lovely customers.

“I’m so so pleased I found Gymboree. My shy little 20 month old absolutely loves it there and the staff are so fantastic with him- he really is blossoming there and thoroughly enjoys classes as well as the open gym. The open gym especially has been brilliant for me whilst heavily pregnant- he can burn off some energy in a very safe environment, only 5 minutes from our house. Thank you! Especially to Vince and Polly.”

“We love our weekly classes at Gymboree and the open gym is great too! All the members of staff are lovely and the cafe is good for a nice coffee after class. There is such a welcoming environment and everyone we meet is so friendly.”

“My 1 and 3 year old had the best time! Polly was amazing with all the children. I cannot recommend gymboree more highly, excellent weekly classes.

“I bring my 2.5yr old and 13 month old to Gymboree and they love it! I have a very shy older child and no fear boisterous youngest. The classes cater for both and the instructors adapt to their needs. We love dressing up for the themed parties. My girls don’t go to nursery or a childminder, so Gymboree is a fab opportunity to mix with other kids and adults. Thoroughly recommend to everyone and wish we found it sooner”

“My son and I have loved every minute. It has been our favourite class and we are both sad not to be able to attend anymore!

Polly and Vince are great, and my son loved them both (and gymbo of course)! The open gym sessions are brilliant, especially with a mobile baby – it certainly helps to burn off some energy. All of the parents I have encountered have been really friendly.

My son has learnt a lot from these classes and I feel it has helped him to develop and progress. I would recommend gymboree to everyone.”

 

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