Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Following government guidance, from 26th April 2021, we are delighted to be re-opening our doors! Thank you for your continued support, we can’t wait to welcome you all back!

Hello and Welcome to Gymboree Play and Music Edinburgh 

Gymboree Play and Music Edinburgh Playfloor

Here at Gymboree Play & Music Edinburgh, we run award-winning and fun-filled classes for babies and children aged from 0-5 years. All of our classes take pace in our fabulous site in the Slateford area of Edinburgh. Open every day, we offer a varied timetable of classes run by our highly trained and enthusiastic teachers.

Gymboree is a fantastic way to encourage learning and development through play. Based around our custom designed equipment, our sessions use music, song, dance and imaginative play to create a wonderful learning experience for all little ones. Our baby play and toddler classes are structured and you’ll find each activity to be specifically tailored to a developmental goal.

As the global leaders of developmentally appropriate physical and cognitive fun, we help to grow your little one’s body and mind. Gymboree really is a magical world where children learn, thrive and most importantly have fun.

 With a full timetable of classes, we hope to have something for everyone!

Gymboree Play and Music Edinburgh Spring Summer 2021 Timetable

Classes offered:

Baby Massage: We are passionate about the importance of touch and bonding with your baby and massage is a great way to introduce this to you both! Research shows that the first 1000 days of a child’s life are highly influential on their life-long mental health, and we want to help you along that crucial journey. Our Baby Massage course consists of 5 sessions each lasting 2 hours. We invite babies (under 1 year) and their parents along to learn all about the importance of touch and hope you will use this course as an opportunity to bond with your baby whilst learning and practising the different massage strokes with our fully qualified IAIM instructors, Nicole and Laura.

To learn more about Infant massage please follow this link!

Sensory Baby Play:  Developed just for babies from New-born to six months, in Sensory Baby Play we help you to find joy in playing with your new baby. Never overwhelming, always just right for your child, we sing, play, move and introduce new sensory experiences that will help your baby become calm, attentive and interested in play.

Play and Learn: Gymboree Play & Learn classes take place on our play floor with our specially designed equipment. The classes focus on motor skill development (both gross and fine) and also have plenty of music-based activities. We change our equipment set-up and the lesson plans every 2 weeks. This way, children have a chance to learn through repetition but are challenged with something new every 2 weeks. Play & Learn classes include family classes for adults with 1 or more children. Our hard and soft equipment is designed to be developmentally challenging to help little ones become confident through play.

Family Play and Learn: Bring all your children to the same class and enjoy fun, physical and cognitive learning activities created for groups of siblings and friends. With classes devoted to supporting multi-aged learning, children 0-5 years are encouraged to socially interact and learn from each other. Activities provide fun new challenges for every developmental stage!

At Gymboree Play and Music, your first class is always Free!

Class Type Monthly Payment (one class per week)
One child Second child Twin
Sensory baby play £37.00 18.50 £9.25
Play and Learn £37.00 £18.50 £9.25
One Payment -Block of 5 classes
Baby Massage £45.00 n/a £25.00

Turn your child’s special day into an unforgettable birthday celebration!

fun birthday parties for babies and toddlers

Here at Gymboree Play & Music Edinburgh we run fun-filled bespoke parties every weekend. Our parties include venue hire, two members of staff to help with your day, party food and a structured play and music session. Our dedicated teachers will create a unique and fun-filled party for you and your guests. Your magical party will include music and dancing, stories and adventures, bubbles and singing, and parents and children will have a fantastic time playing together at our beautiful site. For more details and for price information please see the link below and let us help you have a stress-free, wonderful day to remember!

Gymboree Play and Music Edinburgh Birthday Party Information

If you would like to know more then have a read at this lovely Blog written by a Mummy who recently enjoyed a party with us and check out some of our tesimonals below:

The most stress-free Birthday Party ever at Gymboree Play and Music Edinburgh!!

 

We’ve been to a fair few birthday parties here (all amazing) and just had our son’s 1st birthday party here which was also completely amazing! Nicole’s energy and talent for children’s classes and entertainment is second to none! We had 4 month old kids to 3.5 year olds at the party and every single one of them had a brilliant time. Can’t wait for our next visit!’

‘Thanks again for the AMAZING party you hosted this morning. Everyone had such a brilliant time and tonight there is one very happy little boy in this house. All the activities were great fun and everyone was made to feel very welcome and helped and encouraged to join in. We felt that the whole event ran very smoothly, there was plenty of time for everything. We could not have asked for a better party.’

‘Thank you for a fantastic birthday party at Gymboree play and music yesterday! Our Son absolutely loved every minute as did all of his friends – it really was brilliant and exactly what we had hoped for! Thank you!’

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Nicole- Franchisee

Nicole always knew she wanted to work with Children so after gaining her diploma in Musical Theatre she started her search for her dream job – a place where she could sing and have fun while growing young minds! Her search didn’t take long because she found Gymboree Classes and fell in love with the ethos, principles and foundations of what Gymboree Classes offer. Nicole bought her franchise in 2012 and Gymboree Play and Music Edinburgh opened its doors in March 2013. Since then Nicole has had the pleasure to be part of hundreds of little people’s lives and takes great pride in getting to know each child and their families personally. Nicole is now also a fully qualified IAIM infant massage instructor and has trained in Makaton Signing for babies.

 

Laura – Play and Music Teacher and Site Manager

Laura is a fully qualified Primary School Teacher who joined the Gymboree Play and Music team in 2017 after the birth of her second child. Laura has a strong love for the Edinburgh site as she is Nicole’s older sister and therefore has been a helping hand since the very beginning. Laura’s eldest child attended classes from 1 week old until her 5th birthday so Laura has an understanding of classes from both a parent and a teachers’ perspective. Laura qualified as a IAIM infant massage instructor in 2019 and says she loves everything about her job, but she especially loves seeing so many smiling faces every day when she comes to work.

 

Heather – Head Teacher and Site Supervisor

Heather has been part of the team since 2018 and is loved by all the members and their children. Heather is trained in acting and performing and these skills are evident in each and every one of her classes as she takes little one’s on some incredible imaginative adventures. Heather loves getting to know all our families and loves that she has found a place where she can help to grow the minds of so many little people while doing something she really enjoys.

 

 

Bethan – Play and Music Teacher

Bethan is our newest teacher, joining the team in 2019 after graduating with a degree in Music. Bethan has a very nurturing energy in her classes and always encourages every child to try something new and to reach their goals with confidence. A fan favourite with all the children, Bethan loves delivering every class and says she has found her dream job combining her music skills with her love for children, something which is clear in all of her classes.

 

 

We are located just off of Slateford Road, right next door to the Royal Mail delivery depot. We are a 5 minute walk from Slateford train station and we are on many major bus routes including the 4, 44, 34, 300 and 35. We are also a short walk from Gorgie road where you can also access many more bus routes.

Found at our site:

  • Ample FREE parking
  • Toilets
  • A clean baby changing room (with spare nappies and wipes)
  • A toilet seat if your child is potty training
  • A snack room with highchairs (not currently in use due to covid-19 safety procedures)
  • A microwave, fridge and tea and coffee making facilities (not currently in use due to covid-19 safety procedures)
  • A large buggy store room so you don’t need to leave your buggy outside

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Here are just a few of the wonderful things people say about Gymboree Play and Music Edinburgh!

‘Great age appropriate classes and amazing staff. The staff make such an effort to get to know each individual child. I love that the children are free to explore the equipment and directed to specific tasks. Having a focus for a few week is great for developing their skills in lots of different areas. I also love the structure of the class and having certain things the little ones do every week. My little girl always looks forward to a freeze on the airlog and getting her bubbles.’

‘I’ve been taking my 4yr old daughter to Gymboree for nearly three years. She loves it and it’s been great for her development and social skills. The Edinburgh team are fantastic, super friendly, great with the kids and the parents. My favourite class by far.’

‘I started taking my daughter to Gymboree when she was 9 months old and have loved watching her confidence grow each week. She wasn’t even crawling when we first started but now (17 months old) she is trying to climb on all the equipment and importantly, has learned the safe way to climb down from things. The staff are so friendly and always share in your delight when the children manage to do something that they maybe couldn’t do the previous week. The equipment is clean and really good condition, and the lunch room is brilliant for satisfying hungry tums before or after class and getting to know the other parents. I hope to keep taking my daughter as she moves up through all the levels as she gets older – we love Gymbo!’

‘Best toddler class ever. My daughter enjoys the imaginative and physical elements of the class, and look forward to her class each week.’

‘Been taking my daughter since she was about 6 months old. She’s 2.5 now and still loves it! The classes are fun and energetic. It’s by far the best class we do and we’ve tried a few! It’s brilliant having the snack room too so that we can socialise after the class. It’s become the highlight of our week.’

Happy girl in classes

All your questions answered here!

What is ‘Play and Learn’?

Play and Learn is Gymboree’s signature, equipment-focused, physical and cognitive, child development programme; offering a wide range of classes for little ones aged 0 – 5 years. Each class is structured and teacher-led, with themes designed to support the growth of children throughout those early developmental stages.

Each theme is developmentally appropriate according to that age group, with each class an exciting fun-filled adventure, and all of this with the help of our amazing purpose-built equipment and props. Fun to be had by all!

How does membership work?

At Gymboree Play and Music, your first class is always free. In order to limit the movement between classes and to keep changes in children attending classes to a minimum for covid19 safety, you must become a member before coming along to a class. If you would like to join our family, we would like to offer you the option of joining us as a member: this will secure your regular place in class every week and your first class will still be complementary, so you do not miss out on the free class offer. The minimum membership length is 2 months and you can cancel by giving us one months notice.

How do I pay for classes?

Gymboree Play & Music Edinburgh works on a monthly direct debit as we are open all year round!

Membership is on a rolling contract of  £37.00 per month. This allows you one teacher-led class per week and unlimited access to Open Gym sessions, which are completely free of charge. We offer lots of discounts for siblings and multiple classes so please do get in touch if you have any further questions regarding pricing.

What is a ‘Freeze’ of membership?

A freeze of membership allows you to take a break from Gymboree for one month without loosing your class space. With one month’s notice a freeze of membership suspends your payments and classes for one month.

What is a ‘Makeup’ Class’?

When your little one has missed a class you are entitled to book a makeup class; this class can be booked into any class (age appropriate) with space. ( please note we can’t currently offer make-up sessions due to Covid19 restrictions)

Do you offer any discounts?

Yes, we offer a number of discounts for twins/siblings and second or third classes – please check our timetable or call us on 07910 188 713 for more information.

What is Open Gym?

As members, you will have unlimited access to Open Gym sessions at various times throughout each week; allowing you free play with the use of our specialised props and patented apparatus. There is no obligation to attend these sessions nor is there any extra charge, should you attend. Its an added bonus to being a member with us – You can do as many or as little as you wish, every week.

( please note we can’t currently offer Open Gym sessions due to Covid19 restrictions)

Do you have parking?

Yes. We have our own private car park which has 15 car parking spaces in it including a disabled access space. We are also only a short walk form other car parks and on the street paking is available on Slateford Road.

Why do I need socks but my child is bare foot?

We kindly ask that adults are in socks during classes for hygiene reasons, we then ask that children have bare feet due to health and safety.

What do I do with my buggy?

We have lots of space inside for buggies in the form of a ‘Buggy Room’.

What do I need to do if I want to book a free class?

There lots of ways to get in touch with us! You can fill out a form at the top of this page, you can call us on 07910 188 713 or drop us an email Edinburgh@gymboreeclasses.co.uk you can even pop in and say hello!

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us

Our plan to keep you safe!

At Gymboree Play and Music Edinburgh 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.

  • All class arrival times and exit times are staggered to ensure zero crossover between groups
  • Hand sanitiser is available on entrance and before entering each play floor
  • Shoes and buggies are requested to be left in the front porch or outside to limit transmission from soles of shoes and buggy wheels
  • All staff and visitors are asked to take their temperature before attending and to stay at home and isolate if they have any covid19 symptoms
  • Props will not be shared between class groups and will be thoroughly sanitised after every use
  • Play floor mats and equipment as well as all shared spaces including toilets, storage rooms and reception area will be cleaned and sanitised between every session
  • Class numbers will be reduced to adhere to social distancing for accompanying adults. Children will not be expected to social distance as per government guidelines
  • Our snack room and kitchen will temporarily be closed so that we can ensure there is no cross over between groups arriving and leaving
  • 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

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 snack room, buggy room or 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 we will still very much be a welcoming, happy, and fun place for your little ones to enjoy.  We will ask that instead of sitting in a circle to begin class, you find yourself a space on the mats with your little ones, allowing you to keep your distance from the other adults in the room. Class sizes will be smaller allowing for you to distance yourself easily. As per guidelines, we do not expect children to socially distance from each other nor other adults however we do require all adults to maintain their social distance. We will still have all the same activities and games in our classes however you will notice your class teacher working side by side with little ones instead of facing them straight on. Background music will be played at a very low volume and your class teachers will not be singing.

What about the toys and equipment used in classes?

We will be operating a bubble system for all our props. This means that your class will have their own props which can be used freely throughout the lesson. These props will then be removed from the room and sterilised thoroughly. We ask that you place any used props into our ‘used props’ basket immediately as your child is finished with them. Prop use will be limited, and we will only be offering props that are able to be safely sterilised at a high temperature. The equipment and mats 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.

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 studio 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 snack room will be closed until further notice and we will not be able to provide gymbo stamps or gymbo stickers to the children. We must also ask that you 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 entrance door 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. Our door locks are ‘fire exit push release locks’ so please rest assured we are not locking you in, we will be able to push release from the inside in an emergency and this is fully compliant with fire regulations. Upon entering the building, you will be required to remove yours and your little one’s shoes in our entrance porch and then to carry them into the cloakroom for storage. This is necessary to stop the risk of transmission from the soles of footwear. You will then be required to use the hand sanitiser provided before entering the cloakroom and again before entering the play floor (children do not need to use sanitiser but should wash their hands). At the end of your class you will need to follow the same process, sanitising your hands and putting your shoes on in the porch.

What happens if the car park is full?

Our class sizes will be reduced to 8 children per class and class times will be staggered to ensure only one class is in the car park, entrance way and corridor at any time. We are asking that everyone arrives within 5 minutes of their class start time and leaves within 5 minutes of their class finish time therefore there should never be an overflow issue in the car park. However, if you arrive and the car park is already full then you are able to park across the road in Lidl car park or speak to a member of staff as we will be able to help identify cars from your class that you can safely double park.

Where can I store my buggy?

If you are bringing a pram or a buggy to class, then we will ask you to fold it in our entrance porch and either leave it there or carry it into the cloakroom. It is important that buggy wheels are not pushed across the main floor of the building as this increases the risk of transmission.

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 socks on the play floor. If you arrive to class without either of these things you will be able to purchase some at reception.

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?

We are very grateful that many of our members continued their payments for the first months of lockdown in order to help us survive and as promised at the time, we will honour these payments by providing catch up classes. However, we will not be able to offer these classes straight away as it is important, we follow the bubble guidance and keep your children in the same class groups. We will reinstate catch up sessions and honour everything that is due to you as soon as we are allowed. We are very sorry not to be able to offer catch ups straight away and we hope you can understand.

How do I book Open Gym Sessions?

To limit the risk of cross infection and enhance track and trace abilities we will be offering one open gym session only. This will take place on a Saturday morning and will be bookable in advance only. Booking for this session will open at 9am every Monday morning and spaces will be limited. Our intention is to offer more Open Gym sessions as quickly as possible, but we will take guidance on this and only do so if advised it is safe enough.

Will I Have access to toilets and changing facilities?

Yes! We have blocked off the male toilets and have tuned our female toilet room into a unisex toilet. There will be a maximum of 3 families allowed in the toilet room at any given time and the middle toilet stall has been closed off to allow for distancing between adults using the other two stalls. The same process has been carried out at the sinks so that you will not be standing next to someone while washing your hands. The toilets and all touch points within the toilets will be cleaned hourly and there is a cleaning schedule on the toilet door so that you can easily check when the toilets were last cleaned. The baby change facilities are there for your use and we are asking that only one person uses this room at a time. If you forget nappies and wipes you can still, ask a staff member to provide you with a spare.

 

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, our insurance provider and advice. Scot 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.

 

Overview

  • Classes will be happy, fun, and as safe as possible!
  • Teachers and adults must wear face coverings
  • Hand sanitiser will be provided and must be used by all adults
  • Please only arrive 5 minutes prior to your class start time
  • If bringing a pram or buggy, please fold it outside and carry it in so that wheels are not pushed over our floors
  • Outdoor footwear must be removed in the entrance porch
  • When starting class please find a space 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)
  • Catch up classes are not bookable at present
  • Saturday morning Open Gym session is bookable from 9am on Monday morning and must be pre-booked before arrival
  • National Weaning Weak

    7. May 2021
    Child eating in a highchair

    One minute you’re in the delivery room and the next, before you know it, your little terror is reaching for your dinner plate. When did that happen? Well, don’t panic! Our friends at Piccolo have put together a list of the best kit that you can get while weaning, which will help to make your journey as easy and enjoyable as possible.   They’re also offering you 45% off their Ultimate Starter Weaning Bundle if you’re quick!

    Making the switch to solid foods will be an adventure and probably a pretty messy one. You’ve now got a little food critic on your hands who when they love something, they’ll really love it, and when they don’t, they’re probably going to fling it across the room.

    Just know this — perseverance is key. When they’re finally enjoying your healthy home-cooked grub, it feels just like getting Greg’s approval on Masterchef, we promise. So, as you start prepping for weaning, here are the things that can help you to get set up.

    • Tupperware

    For those of you who haven’t fully discovered the joys of tupperware, these will take your organisation skills through the roof. These plastic containers are, without question, ware it’s at…hoho! Sorry about that.

    From snacks on-the-go, to leftover storage, to freezing your extra batches of delicious baby food. Tupperware are a great help all round.

    Just remember not to de-frost and freeze again.

    • Food Processor or hand blender

    If you’re planning on flexing your culinary skills in the kitchen and blending your own baby food,  you’re going to need a food processor. The good news is that they can be used for almost anything, from making sauces, soups, dips, smoothies, and even ice-creams – so you can whizz up your own lunch as well as your little one’s!

    As long as it purees it’s perfect.

    • Wipes or muslins                                            

    Muslins and wipes are a parent’s best friend. But, of course, you already know that ;)

    • High Chair                      

    Your baby is going to need to sit somewhere to eat and your knee isn’t always going to be free. Plus, if you are already weaning your baby, they should already be able to sit up all by themselves.

    High chairs make life a lot easier, allowing your baby to be safe and secure when they explore their food.

    An added bonus is that your little one can eat at the table with their family and start learning about food culture, or ignore everyone and just throw some food around.

    • Mess Mats and Table Mats

    There’s going to be mess, let’s not pretend there isn’t going to be. So, unless your favourite hobby is mopping up food debris (we know ours isn’t), then you may want to look into putting a messy mat or splash mat, or even just some newspaper, under their highchair.

    This’ll make the clean up after meal times a lot easier and pain-free.

    FYI, as a bonus, if you do get one of these mats, it’ll be invaluable for painting, water play, and any other messy baby activities. Easy to wipe down and no curious stains on the carpet. Win-win!

    • Bibs and Coveralls

    Now that you are weaning, the food no longer goes straight from bottle-to-mouth. This means it has the potential to go absolutely everywhere. Welcome to a whole new world of mess.

    You’ll probably need to step it up from the towelled bibs and muslins you’ve been using. Opt for an easy-wipe latex or silicone bib with a pouch at the front to catch those wayward mouthfuls.

    We also recommend sleeved bibs or coverall bibs because they have more surface area to catch any flying food and have a pouch to catch any crumbs.

    • Bowls, plates & spoons                        

    Metal forks and spoons could hurt your baby’s mouth. And your nice plates? They’re best saved for those dinner parties you’ll have… once you find the time.

    Plastic crockery is soft on your baby’s gums, won’t shatter into a million pieces when dropped and doesn’t retain heat, making it the perfect material for baby bowls, plates & spoons. Get them used to eating with durable ‘if it gets thrown across the room, it will not break’ cutlery and tableware. Bamboo or silicone are also perf materials for crockery used for that kind of activity.

    Piccolo have recently launched an exclusive weaning bundle that will get you started on this adventure and for this week only you can enjoy 45% OFF!

    Get your Piccolo Ultimate Starter Weaning Bundle here!

  • You call that a mess?

    10. March 2021
    Nimble and Gymboree Play & Music

    You call that a mess?

    We’re super excited to share that we have teamed up with Nimble, safe and effective plant-based cleaning products inspired by the messy moments parents face every day.

    Founded by a chemist and a dad, Nimble make a range of cleaning products to reduce stress around mess for every parent.  Their powerful and safe solutions use precise, gentle chemistry, no animal testing, and are 100% vegan.  Just the exact ingredients you need for an effective clean, and plant-based power you can count on.

    messy children

    We’re both all about creating safe environments for your little ones to play, learn and explore in and we know only too well that this often ends up in a whole lot of messiness.

    We have some exciting activities planned together but to start we wanted to celebrate the chaotic mess that only our little ones can make as they start to explore the world, express themselves, and build their confidence.  Whether that’s splashing in some puddles, or trying a new food or hands-on art activity, let’s make some mess this March!

    Share a snap of your little one at their messiest best for a chance to win plant-based cleaning bundles from Nimble (to clean up after the fun) or one month’s membership at your local Gymboree Play & Music.

    Just hop over to Instagram to get involved.  After all, it’s the messy moments that make a big life!

    #youcallthatamess

  • Fingers crossed for 12th April!

    3. March 2021
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    UPDATE – it’s go go go for Monday 12th April so get in touch with your local centre to book your little one in!

    So if everything goes to plan we should be re-opening our doors in England on 12th April – fingers crossed!  Hopefully our centres in Scotland should be able to open around the same time, but no specific dates have been published yet.

    It’s been such a roller coaster of a ride over the last year and we’ve missed seeing you and your little ones so much, but we hope you’ve kept safe and well at home.  Lots of our centres are still offering Gymbo @ Home so do get in touch with your local branch to find out more about our short, pre-recorded and live action videos delivered via Facebook.  We’ve also been running a series called Practise @ Home on our main Facebook and Instagram accounts showing you how you can practise key movement skills in the safety of your own home, so do look out for that!

    When we do re-open we’ll be sticking with our new play policies including face coverings, social distancing, smaller class sizes, and lots of cleaning, so we can continue to keep our staff and members safe.  We hope you’ll feel happy to come back to class when we do open.  But if last time is anything to go by demand will be high and our classes will fill up quickly, so if you’re an existing member do get in touch with your local centre very soon to reserve your place in class.  And if you’re yet to come to a Gymboree Play & Music class and want to know what all the fuss is about enquire now and get booked in for a trial class!

    Fingers crossed 🤞

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  • Benefits of the Tubee

    29. January 2021
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    Introducing Gymboree Play & Music’s famous Tubee!

    This firm air-filled ring is used in our classes for tummy time, sitting in, jumping in and out, crawling through, and peek-a-boo!

    The Benefits

    • Sense of space
      • Developing a sense of space is a vital component for any baby or toddler so they can confidently move through their many milestones. Our Tubee is an excellent piece of equipment for this from birth to age five. It can be used in the early stages for sitting inside and feeling the space around them, we can then turn it on its side to create a tunnel, or for older ones use it to jump inside from a distance. Learning the size of the space will enable little ones to explore freely and succeed at completing different tasks!Tubee
    • Body control
      • Body control is vital for all stages of life and to start from birth with developing this skill really will give your baby the best start in life. We help little ones develop their body control with tummy time, by placing baby on the edge and encouraging them to hold up their head. You can also place a toy inside it and encourage them to reach and grab. For our older ones they may lift the Tubee above their head or dive through the centre of it, both of these activities require the body control learnt at a younger age.
    • Object permanence
      • Object permanence is the understanding that objects can continue to exist even when they are out if sight. A great example of this would be to show your little one a ball then place it inside the Tubee. The height of it will make it seem as if the ball has disappeared. The game can continue as your little ones begin to explore inside of the Tubee for what they can no longer see.
    • Imagination
      • As your little one continues to grow throughout their Gymboree Play & Music journey we will start to work on building their imagination play.  The best bit of this is you get to play too, after all parents are always their favourite playmate! Our Tubee may be a watering hole in the jungle, a giant cup of tea to dunk our biscuits in, or even a bath tub! The possibilities are endless.
    • Confidence
      • Confidence is one of the biggest and most important lessons we aim to teach at Gymboree Play & Music as it’s the foundation for your little one to always try new things. With a Tubee we can do this by sitting baby on the edge and bouncing them up high letting them feel the motion and be confident their grown-up has them safe. A toddler may throw a bean bag from a distance miss a few times but when they achieve it their confidence will grow.Drawing of the Tubee
    • Sense of touch
      • Touch is such a vital part of little ones’ development. Little ones can touch the Tubee and feel the smooth vinyl cover, and how firm it is because it’s air-filled. We can use it to hold lots of different tactile objects and young babies placed around the edge can reach in and explore. With older ones we can ask them to distinguish the difference eg. fill it with hard playballs or spiky playballs, asking them to use their sense of touch to spot the difference.
    • Depth perception
      • Depth perception is an important skill to learn in order to keep themselves safe, for example when identifying edges and drops. This will start by baby sitting inside the Tubee crawling through then eventually jumping in and knowing the depth is safe for them to do so.
    • Upper body strength
      • This skill is vital for little ones to develop so they can at first crawl, pull themselves up, and roll over. Then to cruising around the edges of equipment before mastering tough tasks such as climbing to big heights or the monkey bars.  Little ones can use the edge of the Tubee to lift up their heads and for tummy time, then pushing off of it to stand. Older ones can work with a friend to roll it across the playfloor, build high in a tower, or even lift it above their heads!

    That’s the end of this series, the Benefits of our Equipment, we hope you’ve found it useful and interesting. We’d love to hear about your little ones’ favourites in the comments below.  If you’re not already a member and have felt inspired to come along, get in touch with your local centre to find out more!

    Back to the Short Slide.

  • Benefits of our Short Slide

    28. January 2021
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    Introducing Gymboree Play & Music’s Short Slide!

    This short, smooth, wooden ramp is used in our classes for climbing, balancing on, cruising around, and obvious sliding down.

    The Benefits

    • Sense of balance
      • Balance is a staple part of your child’s development, it refers to the ability to keep a controlled position or posture when completing a task. This could be sitting, walking, and of course climbing. Our short slide allows babies from newborn up to pre-schoolers to practice these skills by sitting on it, climbing on or even across it as it as it also doubles up as a bridge. short slide as a bridge
    • Body control
      • Our short slide is excellent for working on body control for your little ones. In our sensory class we will lie little one on a soft blanket and gently pull them down whilst supporting their torso. As they get older they’ll sit with support, then ultimately they’ll slide independently. We will also explore tummy time and climbing up it to improve body control. Using a piece of equipment such as our short slide is so important in early life as it supports baby gaining the strength to hold their head up. It’s the foundation on which the development of all your baby’s other movement is based.
    • Hand-feet co-ordination
      • Really young non-mobile babies can work on their hand and feet co-ordination when we place them on top of the slide and hold a favourite toy just out of reach and encourage them to move gently towards it. When they start crawling they can move up the slide or use it as a bridge.  When they get to their feet they can also cruise around the edge or our short slide.  With older ones we can also encourage stomping and clapping at the same time as they slide or climb. Having good hand and feet co ordination is vital for your little one to reach all their milestones and our short slide is an excellent starting point.
    • Gross motor development
      • To develop gross motor skills your little one needs to engage in activates that involve movements of the large muscles of the arms, legs and their torso. Our short slide is excellent for this for little ones of all ages, and we can always increase the challenge by adding a mat for speed or adjusting the height higher or lower.
    • Bilateral co-ordinationDrawing of our Short Slide
      • Bilateral co-ordination refers to the ability to co-ordinate both sides of the body at the same time, for example crawling and walking. Most little ones begin to master the art of walking from roughly a year onwards but in fact we encourage crawling for all ages on our short slide regardless if they are walking or not as crawling helps to develop the foundations necessary for future activities such as reading, writing, and physical activities.
    • Sense of touch
      • Touch is one of your baby’s key senses, especially in the early weeks of their lives.  We use the short slide as a platform for sensory stations, adding on various textures and sensory objects so little ones can really start to explore with them. As your little one grows throughout the programme we may add in questioning such as ‘can you pick out the spiky ball?’ or ‘where’s the soft duck?’ so they start to distinguish the difference between objects.

    Back to our Rainbow Barrel.  Next up it’s our Tubee!

  • Benefits of our Rainbow Barrel

    27. January 2021
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    Introducing Gymboree Play & Music’s famous Rainbow Barrel!

    This large, soft, tactile tunnel is used in our classes for pushing, rolling, rocking, crawling in, sitting in.

    The Benefits

    • Sense of balance
      • Our exciting Rainbow Barrel can be used to help develop your child’s balance from a very young age. We can place little babies on their tummy supporting them around their torsos. As they grow we can progress this to sitting with support, to eventually being able to do so independently. Balance is a key part of your little one’s development and they will need it in all areas of life, for example standing on one leg to dress themselves, or climbing up and down stairs with no railing.
    • Core strength
      •  Core strength is the development of the torso muscles that stabilise, centre, and move the trunk of the body. Lack of core strength can contribute to things such as poor posture which in turn can affect gross motor and fine motor skills. We use our Rainbow Barrel to encourage little babies to do tummy time, then progress to sitting, then they use it as a giant walker, before finally pushing it using their core strength from one side of the room to to the other!
    • Sense of safety
      • Our Rainbow Barrel is a very sturdy piece of equipment with a smooth vinyl finish. It can take up to two children on top plus little ones inside, and it doesn’t dip in the middle, it maintains its shape. This allows your little one to feel safe whether they are rocking on top, climbing inside, or rolling it with friends. Having a sense of safety whilst playing will allow your little one to build self confidence and new skills in each class they attend.
    • Depth perception
      • The development of depth perception helps your child learn to gain confidence in their body. Our Rainbow Barrel is perfect for this as it can be used up against a slide allowing a child to drop something from a height, landing inside – we call this ‘problem solving’. You may find your child likes to drop things from a height in their highchair once we have explored the game at Gymboree Play & Music!
    • Dynamic balance
      • Our Rainbow Barrel can be used to work on your child’s dynamic balance by using it as a giant walker. Your child will walk with their feet and push with their hands and you can stand behind to support them.
    • Sense of space
      • Our Rainbow Barrel creates a fantastic tunnel that your little one can crawl though to develop their sense of space. We can also make it more challenging for our older ones by attaching a cloth tunnel to one side so that the space gets longer and then shorter.  Another way of working on this is rolling a ball though or placing a child’s favourite toy inside to encourage them to take the challenge. It can be daunting for little ones so always start by just placing their head slightly inside and make sure they can see you from the other end, that will give them confidence.
    • Colour perception
      • As little babies can only initially see in black and white our Rainbow Barrel is an excellent piece of equipment for them to use as they start to view life in colour.  It’s also excellent for our little ones as they grow throughout the programme and can start to put the correct names to the colours.
    • Hand-feet co-ordination
      • Hand and feet co-ordination is a staple part of your child’s development. We can use our Rainbow barrel to develop this with tummy time for little babies, placing a small toy in front so they can reach out and grab it, crawling inside once they get moving. Then using it as a walker to co ordinate the hands and feet at different times, and also tapping on the outside and stamping our feet to the beat of music.
    • Co-operation
      • We often use our Rainbow Barrel in group activities such as collecting objects and placing them inside. Or working together to push it on its side. And for little ones working with a partner to roll it across the mats. Learning co-operative play from a young age is such a key skill and it will serve your little one well as they move into the next stages of their education.
    • Sense of achievement
      • Learning to make it to the other side of a tunnel for a little baby can be a huge challenge so it may take weeks to achieve. But once they do make it through the sense of achievement will feel great. We always encourage a big celebration on the small wins to really build your little one’s confidence from a young age. Older ones will finally master jumping inside our Rainbow Barrel from the end of the Airlog.  There are so many elements to this activity and once they complete it your child will feel a huge sense of achievement.

    Back to the Wavy Wavy Slide. Next up our Short Slide!

  • Benefits of our Wavy Wavy Slide

    26. January 2021
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    Introducing Gymboree Play & Music’s Wavy Wavy Slide!

    This smooth, bumpy, wooden slide is used for climbing and sliding, on bottoms, tummies, head first and feet first.

    The Benefits

    • Body control
      • We use our wavy slide for newborns up to pre-school to work on our little ones’ body control. In sensory class we may put little ones on their tummies and let them use the waves in the slide to support their upper body.  Our older toddlers can enhance this skill by using the slide at different speeds or in different directions all the while making sure they make it safely to the top and the bottom.
    • Hand-feet co-ordination
      • Little ones work on their hand and feet co-ordination when they use the wavy slide as a bridge or climber, whether they are just starting to crawl, cruise around the edge, or run to the very top!
    • Gross Motor Development
      •  Gross motor skills are important for major body movement such as walking, maintaining balance, and co-ordination. We can adjust the angle of the slide, so it can go from steep to flat like a bridge, so this increases the ways in which it can be used for climbing, balancing, and walking.
    • Sense of Balance
      • Your 6 month old can work on their sense of balance while being gently pulled down on a slide ride working to stay seated and balanced. Later on your toddler is building on this skill whilst climbing it and holding two play balls.
    • Bilateral co-ordination
      • Bilateral co-ordination refers to the ability to co-ordinate both sides of the body at the same time. Our Wavy Wavy Slide is an excellent piece of equipment to use to work on this development goal. For young babies we will place them on a blanket and parents fully support them, then as they gain more strength and confidence they will start to master the process independently with the support of their grown-up and teacher.
    • Sense of achievement
      • Celebrating the achievements of your little ones is so vital as it builds confidence and self esteem. The wavy slide is an excellent way to work on this with your little one. The process of getting to the top, letting themselves go, and then reaching the bottom gives them a clear route to success, and a big well done from their grown up and teacher once they achieve it.  The waves in this slide and the ability to make it higher or lower can add continual challenges for your little ones.
    • Imagination
      • As your little ones grow throughout our programme we work on building their imaginations. Our wavy slide has endless uses from being an elephant’s trunk to a kitchen table, or sitting up high to go fishing in the ocean. With our lessons changing every two weeks you will see this wavy slide in many different forms!
    • Sense of space
      • When a child is developing their spatial awareness they begin to become aware of their placement in relation to the things around them. We not only use our slide for the obvious up and down motion but also for activities such as rolling a ball up and down to a friend or parent. We may even add a cloth tunnel on top for an extra challenge, all the while working on developing your little one’s sense of space.

     

    Back to our Handle Ball. Next up the Rainbow Barrel!

  • Benefits of our Handle Ball

    25. January 2021
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    Introducing Gymboree Play & Music’s famous Handle Ball!

    This large, soft, smooth, bouncy ball with handles can be used for lifting, pushing, rolling, sitting on, rocking and bouncing on.

    The Benefits

    • Sense of touch
      • Touch is one of your baby’s key senses, especially in the early weeks. Our Handle Ball has many different elements to explore; its smooth vinyl surface, the rough texture of the handles, and its firmness.  When it’s filled with air it’s very firm, but when we release a little air it’s soft and squidgy. Sense of touch is essential to children’s growth of physical abilities, language, cognitive skills, and social-emotional competency.
    • Support
      • Our Handle Ball can be used to support your little one during play time. For our younger babies we place them on their tummies, gently holding them round their torso. The firm air-filled Handle Ball helps them to strengthen tummy and neck muscles which are vital to early development. Later on, they can work with their adult or friends to either push or lift it together which continues to develop key muscles and strength.
    • Imagination
      • As our little ones develop we encourage the use of our imaginations in class. Imagination play enhances social development, language development, and builds self confidence. Our Handle Ball may become a banana tree in the jungle, a rocket to the moon, or even a wrecking ball on a construction site.  The possibilities are always endless!
    • Hand-feet co-ordination
      • One example of hand-feet co-ordination is using our Handle Ball as a giant walker, our little ones will walk and push with their hands whilst the grown-ups walk behind them to offer physical support and verbal encouragement. Hand and feet co-ordination is a vital skill to develop from a young age to support us in all aspects of our daily lives.
    • Visual impact
      • drawing of our handle ballA bright, cheerful object with many colours helps stimulate your infant’s vision development. This is also true when their eyes follow moving objects. A great example of how we work on this with our Handle Ball is pushing it to top of one of our large wedges and encouraging little ones to watch it roll to a stopping position at the bottom of the ramp. Or they could roll it to a friend or their adult.
    • Colour perception
      • When babies are born, their vision has not fully developed, and their vision will go through several changes during the first few months of life. By the time a baby is 5 months old, their colour vision will have developed fully. We use our Handle Ball in class to introduce them to new colours and then as they grow we can start to also encourage them to name the colours that they see.

    Back to the Cushion. Next up our Wavy Wavy Slide!

  • Benefits of our Cushion

    24. January 2021
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    Introducing the Gymboree Play & Music Cushion!

    This soft crash mat is used in Levels 1-7 and our pre-school classes for walking, standing, jumping, lying, rolling, and sliding.

    The Benefits

    • Body control
      • We use our Cushion for little ones from birth to 5 years. It has a lot of resistance and we describe it as trying to walk or crawl through mud! Body control starts from little ones using it for tummy time and lifting up of their heads, to forward rolls and big jumps!
    • Parent-child relationship
      • The Cushion really encourages the trust between grown-up and child.  The little one sits on the edge whilst the grown-up encourages them to reach out and fall into their arms. Similarly, a 5 year old is about to master a star jump and their grown-up is on the side cheering them on!
    • Lower limb strength
      • We use the crash mat in the early stages for tummy time and crawling, then start to encourage little ones to walk across. Bouncing is a tricky skill and unlike a trampoline our crash mat doesn’t actually have much bounce so really encourages the muscles to build up and your little ones to do the work!
    • Sense of balance
      • girl on cushionAs our Cushion isn’t a solid surface to make your way across, so whether it be crawling, walking or running, your little one will have to engage their tummy muscles and sense of co-ordination in order to make it to the other side.
    • Sense of achievement
      • We use our crash mat to create activities of repetition such as jumping from a height or successfully completing a jump in the centre of it.  We will repeat these week on week so that your little one can continue to improve, and once they complete the task, feel that sense of achievement. Celebrating this with them will build their confidence.
    • Upper body strength
      • Our Cushion is used to develop upper body strength by crawling across it. We encourage crawling in all stages of pre-school development as it continues to build that upper body strength which they will need for other activities such as monkey bars and climbing and also in their day to day life when getting dressed, and in and out of bed.
    • Social interaction
      • In our younger classes we use this for our sensory stations. This allows an opportunity for not only the babies to interact, but also the parents. This provides another key part of classes, we want you to make friends too!  We also use the crash mat for imagination group play, for example a sand pit or giant muddy puddle.
    • Sense of space
      • Having a sense of space is vital for your little one’s development, one way we will do this by using hoops on the crash mat and asking them to stay in their own space.
    • Confidence
      • Our crash mat has so many uses, and whether they’re floating on it as a boat, or being a bear climbing over it as a mountain, or crawling across it, each time they achieve one of these steps their confidence will grow and grow.
    • Body co-ordination
      • Having good body co-ordination is a vital skill to learn as it will mean they will be less likely to fall and injure themselves. One way we use our crash mat for this by learning to balance on one leg.
    • Tactile experience
      • The feel of our crash mat is unlike any of our other pieces of equipment, it’s dense and squidgy with a vinyl finish. Tactile experience is vital for little one’s development as they use their senses to explore and try and make sense of the world around them.
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    Back to Airlog. Next to the Handle Ball.

  • Benefits of the Airlog

    23. January 2021
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    Introducing Gymboree Play & Music’s famous Airlog!

    This long, soft, colourful, inflatable cylinder is used in our classes throughout the levels for bouncing, climbing, pushing, sliding and tapping. As your little ones develop we also use it to build on imagination play. From a boat to an alligator or even a toaster, the possibilities are endless!

    The Benefits

    • It helps little ones understand texture.
      • This is a key for our little ones’ brain development, it gives them early exposure to the multi texture environment we live in and can help avoid sensitivities later in life.
    • Great for body control.
      • Babies will develop control of their upper body in the first few months of their life, we use the Airlog for tummy time, rocking, and also to introduce sitting up whilst being supported by their adult.
    • Builds confidence.
      • From starting in younger classes with sitting, rocking and bouncing, all heavily assisted by their adults. As our little ones move into Level 3 we start to encourage some independent play such as pushing it along to encourage walking. By the end of your little one’s Gymboree Play & Music journey they will be running across without any assistance and jumping off the other end! Its a real journey.
    • Develops strength.
      • We use it as a ‘tummy time tool’ for babies, a ‘giant walker’ for our little ones who are up on their feet, and then for our older toddlers we even explore lifting it above our heads as superheroes.
    • Sense of balance.
      • Balance is such a key developmental goal for all little ones as it comes into play in so many areas of life. We use it from a young age to build up tummy strength then upper body, before co-ordinating the two to start walking across it. A lot of balance also comes from confidence that we won’t fall, or if we do, what will happen? We use our teachers and parents to encourage little ones both physically and mentally that they can do it!
    • Hand-feet coordination.
      • A great example of this is one of our famous activities the ‘FREEZE’ dance. We mainly use this with our slightly older toddlers but also sometimes with our little ones too. We play music and encourage tapping, always starting with both hands, then one hand, and then we alternate. This encourages the crossing of both sides of the brain.
    • Motor development.
      • This is the physical growth and strengthening of a child’s bones and the ability for them to move though their surroundings. They can do this by ‘cruising’ around, pushing, tapping, banging, walking, or running across our Airlog.
    • Reactivity
      • One of the fun sides of the development of our little ones is watching their reactions as they take part in a new activity or complete one they have been working towards. The more you encourage with your face and words the more positive their reactions will be. It’s ok if sometimes your little one looks shocked or unsure, it’s all part of the journey!
    • Rhythm sensation
      • We use the Airlog by tapping our hands or bouncing on top to create rhythm, this skill will enable your little one to identify sound patterns and learn through repetition.
    • Social interaction.
      • We often use the Airlog for group activities such as pushing it from one side of the room to together, chopping it down like a tree, or playing peek-a-boo with another baby.  Learning to communicate and work alongside other children is a vital life skill.
    • Vestibular sense.
      • This is our inner ear balance mechanism. It is vital for your little ones to balance on one leg when they get dressed for example. We encourage our older ones to walk across the Airlog as we gently wobble it to further develop this.
    • Parent-child relationship.
      • This is a key part of everything we do, and the Airlog is only a successful activity if our parents are right by their little one’s side. Knowing your grown-up is your biggest cheerleader, and will catch you if you fall or encourage you to try again, is why any Airlog activity can make a huge positive difference to the early development of your child.

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We are hiring!

Location : Gymboree Play & Music Edinburgh

Role: Party Assistant

Hours: Part time/ Weekends

Are you an energetic and enthusiastic person who enjoys working with children & their families? Do you know someone who is?

If the answer is yes then Gymboree Play and Music Edinburgh want to hear from you!

We are looking for a reliable and confident individual to join our team as a party assistant. The main job role would be to provide support; to the teacher, children and families; on the play-floor during birthday parties.  This will include playing with the children throughout the party, encouraging and supporting children, supporting the teacher and cleaning after the party. This is the ideal job for someone that is interested in working with children and interested in part time weekend work. Previous experience is not necessarily required but an interest in working with children is preferred.  If this sounds like you then we would love to hear from you.

Please email edinburgh@gymboreeclasses.co.uk to apply.