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 September 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
  • Full STEAM Ahead with Mercat events

    3. September 2021

    At Gymboree Play & Music we’re celebrating Season 2 of Gabby’s Dollhouse now streaming on Netflix. After all, Gabby’s Dollhouse and Gymboree Play & Music are the purrfect match!

    Now it’s time for the second of our Gabby’s Dollhouse special events – Full STEAM Ahead with Mercat.

    These special events, running at Gymboree Play & Music centres across the UK, explore themes around music, growth mindset, imaginative play, and and introduction to STEAM*. Your child will enjoy an exclusive programme that includes music from the show, dancing and more!

    Full STEAM Ahead is suitable for mobile little ones aged up to 5 years old.  The events will feature exclusive original programming created by Gymboree Play & Music child development experts.  Through this partnership with DreamWorks, little ones will enjoy activities that will encourage them to use their imagination and bring the show to life.

    Ticket prices per child vary depending on location, but their grown up is free!

    Get in touch with your local centre now to find out more and book yourselves in.

    So come along to Gymboree Play & Music and join in the fun!

    *STEAM areas of education cover science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths.

  • Win the Ultimate Playroom Bundle with Gabby’s Dollhouse!

    10. August 2021

    To celebrate DreamWorks’ magical new series, Gabby’s Dollhouse, we’re giving you the chance to unbox the Ultimate Playroom Bundle!

    • Become top cupcake bakers like Gabby and Cakey Cat with your very own play kitchen!
    • Get down to kitty craft like Baby Box as you transform a cardboard playhouse with a set of paints, crayons, and more!
    • See how scientific you can be – like Mercat with a special science experiment kit!
    • Stay in the know like Kitty Fairy and catch all of your favourite entertainment, games, and books in one place with an amazing kid’s tablet!
    • And get settled for a bedtime story like Pillow Cat in your amazing teepee Snuzpod!
     

     

     

     

     

    This is the puurrrfect bundle of surprises to add some magic to your playroom, with Gabby’s Dollhouse!

    Hop over now to Instagram to get involved, you’ve got until midnight on 19th August to enter!

    T&Cs

    This prize draw is not associated in any way with Facebook or Instagram. The prize draw is open 10th -19th August, closing at midnight. One winner will win 1 x play kitchen, 1 x Teepee play tent, 1 x kids’ tablet, 1 x cardboard playhouse, 1 x paints, crayons, and brushes set, and 1 x science experiment kit.

    All prizes are subject to availability. In the event that any of the products listed are unavailable, alternative products of equal value will be provided; Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be extended delays to deliveries. We will endeavour to get products delivered to winners as quickly as possible. All elements of the prize are subject to availability; prize is non-refundable and non-transferable; no cash alternative is available. Prize may need to be signed for on delivery and it is the recipient’s responsibility to ensure that all items are present, correct and undamaged. The recipient may need to provide ID on delivery. It is the responsibility of the winner or the winner’s parent/guardian to provide the correct delivery information to Gymboree Play & Music. Items will be delivered to one address within mainland UK.  Prizes will be delivered within 28 days of confirming delivery address with prize provider (Element London Ltd).

  • Disco Party with DJ Catnip & Gabby

    3. August 2021

    At Gymboree Play & Music we’re celebrating Season 2 of Gabby’s Dollhouse which launches in the UK on Netflix on 10th August. After all, Gabby’s Dollhouse and Gymboree Play & Music are the purrfect match!

    Now it’s time for the first of our Gabby’s Dollhouse special events Disco Party with DJ Catnip & Gabby.

    These special events, running at Gymboree Play & Music centres across the UK, explore themes around music, growth mindset and imaginative play. Your child will enjoy an exclusive programme that includes music from the show, dancing and more!

    Disco Party is suitable for mobile little ones aged up to 5 years old.  The events will feature exclusive original programming created by Gymboree Play & Music child development experts.  Through this partnership with DreamWorks, little ones will enjoy activities that will encourage them to use their imagination and bring the show to life.

    Ticket prices per child vary depending on location, but their grown up is free!

    Get in touch with your local centre now to find out more and book yourselves in.

    So come along to Gymboree Play & Music and join in the fun!

     

  • Gymboree Play & Music and Gabby’s Dollhouse

    26. July 2021

    We’re delighted to be able to announce that we’re working with DreamWorks’ Gabby’s Dollhouse, now streaming on Netflix!

    With a little magic and a daily dolls house delivery, Gabby’s Dollhouse leads pre-schoolers room to room through a fantastical dolls house with mini-worlds, irresistible kitty characters, and delightfully quirky adventures.  It’s the ultimate in dolls house wish fulfilment, shrinking down and playing inside your own magical dolls house world.  Gabby is a positive and determined 11-year-old girl who embraces imperfection and turns mistakes into growth. Her best friend Pandy Paws is always by her side, ready for any adventure with a snack and a smile. Gabby and the other cats delight in play, craft, and dance, and discover new things every day!

    Gabby’s Dollhouse and Gymboree Play & Music are the purrfect match!  We’ve been fostering creativity and confidence in pre-schoolers for 45 years, incorporating imaginative play, music, and art into age appropriate classes.

    At Gymboree Play & Music we’re celebrating Season 2 of Gabby’s Dollhouse which launches in the UK on Netflix on 10th August.

    Many of our centres will be running special events, as well as offering Gabby’s Dollhouse themed birthday parties.  Furthermore we’ll be launching a massive prize draw across social media to win a huge themed prize!

    Watch this space for more information coming soon…

  • Back to Normal

    15. July 2021

    Now that restrictions are being lifted across the country from 19th July we will slowly move back to normal.

    We understand that some of you will still feel cautious.  We understand that others are sick of the restrictions and just want it to be like it was before.  However we pride ourselves on our centres being the safest places to play so will do our best to bring back the best of Gymboree Play & Music whilst still keeping you and our teams safe.  Please bear with us during these continued tricky times as we move back to normal.

    As a result, we’re removing any reference to Covid Policy and reverting back to our previous Play Policy, with a few minor tweaks.pic of girl on airlog

    • Adults wear socks, children barefoot
    • Stay within a hug’s reach of your child
    • It’s playtime! No calls or texts in class please.
    • Camera use with prior permission only.
    • Food and drinks are not allowed in class.
    • Temperature checks will stop.
    • No social distancing required in England, however in Scotland it’s reduced to 1m inside.
    • You no longer need to wear a face covering in England (they remain mandatory inside in Scotland), but of course you are welcome to if you want to.
    • We will still ask you and your little one to sanitise your hands at the beginning and end of your class.
    • We will take the register so we can continue to co-operate with NHS Test and Trace if we have a positive case.
    • We will continue with an increased cleaning regime, please make sure you put mouthed toys into the cleaning basket.
    • Some of the activities previously avoided will now be back – blowing bubbles, singing, etc.

    And most importantly of all, please continue to err on the side of caution and stay at home if your little one is unwell.  We offer a flexible make up policy so you won’t miss out on any classes.

    Our centres will be moving back to normal at their own pace, so please get in touch with your local centre if you have any questions or concerns.

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  • Please vote for us in the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2021!

    12. July 2021

    Voting is open for the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2021!

    What’s on 4 Kids Awards recognise and reward the most loved children’s activities in the UK, and have been doing so since 2006.  We’ve been nominated by you, our members, and that’s what makes these awards so special.

    It’s been such a difficult 12 months so it means a lot to be recognised by you, despite our centres being closed for so much of the year.  We launched Gymbo @ Home last March to offer you a version of our classes during Lockdown. This was a combination of short live-action and pre-recorded interactive videos delivered via closed Facebook Groups.  Do you remember Gymbo’s Big Tea Party, Gymbo on Holiday, Gymbo’s Sports Day, and our all-day extravaganza Gymbo Fest?!  We hope we managed to keep you just a little bit busy and entertained during those long sunny days!

    It was such a relief to be able to open again in autumn last year, and again in April.  We welcomed so many of you back to our centres, and so many new families who had missed out on the opportunity of learning and playing with other new parents and little ones.  Thank you for showing your support and filling our (smaller) classes when we opened.

    Amazingly, we’re nominated in 5 categories at the What’s On 4 Kids Awards:

    Please vote for us now!

    https://whatson4kids.co.uk/awards/vote

    Plus if that wasn’t enough excitement, if you’re a member of What’s On 4 Kids your vote will enter you into an amazing prize draw to win a family ticket to Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter!

  • 45 years of Gymboree Play & Music

    28. May 2021

    In a month where we’re celebrating 45 years, we feel it’s important now more than ever, to take a look back at just how far we’ve come.

    In the Beginning

    Long before Gymboree Play & Music was launched in 1976, Joan Barnes, in her early 20s, had taught modern dance to children in New York City before organising a children’s recreation programme for the Jewish Community Centre in California.

    She was serving as the recreation administrator at that centre when, in 1975, she came up with the notion of offering exercise classes for babies with their parents. The idea stemmed partly from her personal desire to share physical fitness playtime with her own daughter.

    Her baby exercise classes were such a hit that parents lined up to bring their babies and toddlers to attend the exercise sessions. Recognising the commercial potential of her idea, Barnes left her job with the Jewish Community Centre and opened her first commercial children’s workout centre in 1976.

    And thus Gymboree Play & Music was born.

    1980’s

    By 1984, 125 Gymboree franchises were operating in 20 US states. The franchises were typically operated by women, many of whom had training in occupational therapy or education. Classes were usually held in church halls and community buildings, and parents were charged only $4 to $8 per 45-minute session.

    Our early classes varied to accommodate children ranging from three months to four years in age. Typical sessions included the children hanging from bars to build up arm muscles, popping soap bubbles to develop eye-hand coordination, or walking on inflated logs to improve balance.

    By 1987, our chain had grown to include more than 350 centres throughout the United States and in several other countries. Aside from the rapid sales growth, it was all too evident that by the mid-to-late 80’s, Gymboree Play & Music had become an established and respected brand by parents around the world.

    1990’s

    Over the next 5 years, the Gymboree brand continued to build a global reputation by opening its first retail store in 1989.  We expanded our play centres into countries like Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Indonesia, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and Mexico before going public in 1993, pushing the brand further into the global spotlight. By the end of the 1990’s our Play & Music programs allowed master franchisees to open here in the United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, and Ireland.

    2000’s

    Throughout the early to mid 2000’s the Gymboree Play & Music brand underwent several changes, but ultimately thrived as parents around the world found resonance with its innovative approach to early childhood development, education and music.

    While the retail component of the business fluctuated, the demand for play based education continued to increase, allowing Gymboree Play & Music to become its own company in 2016.

    Today

    Today, after 45 years of our commitment to families and learning, Gymboree Play & Music has more than 700 locations globally that have supported the growth of hundreds of thousands of children around the world.

    If you are interested in learning more about our classes, and our franchise opportunities, please get in touch, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

  • New Play & Learn Classes!

    13. May 2021

    Over the next few months all our centres will be moving to new Play & Learn class groupings with improved lesson plans, just perfect for your little ones!

    Gymboree Play & Music’s new play classes are uniquely and intentionally designed around your child’s early development, which happens organically and differently for every child.  Because of this, Gymboree Play & Music’s new class groupings are not designed by age, but rather by milestone to give our parents more flexibility and the opportunity to choose the class that is right for their child!

    Babies: 0-8 months

    Where they are: Just getting comfortable being out of the house and beginning to explore!

    What to expect in class:  You’ll learn a variety of ways to play with your newest little bundle of joy.  Newborns 0-8 months are exposed to sensory play, songs, and the beginnings of social play.  Meet like-minded parents while our expert teachers lead you through nurturing exercises and activities that stimulate your baby’s brain development.

     

    Crawlers: 6-14 months

    Where they are: Crawling, cruising, rolling, sitting, ready to explore anything and everything.

    What to expect in class: We boogie down with our babies, give them baby massages, sing them songs, and explore new physical challenges every week through teacher-lead activities on the equipment.  Play as a group and socialise with others! Sing songs, learn a routine, and PLAY!

     

    Walkers: 10-18 months

    Where they are: Your little one is walking! They might not be steady, but they’ve taken their first few steps!

    What to expect in class: We’ll explore new physical challenges every week through teacher-lead activities, with a focus on different ways to use each piece of our equipment. Crawl through tunnels, explore different textures, slide down slides (or climb up slides!), toddle over bridges, or take a ride in a swing!  We’ll also practice social skills and memory building through singalongs and group play.

     

    Runners: 16-26 months

    Where they are: They’re on the move! Your little one is communicating, running, and showing interest in friends!

    What to expect in class: It’s all about opposites!  Loud and quiet, fast and slow, up and down! Contrasting themes help your child learn better ways to communicate. Learn how to control body movements and how to use the body to navigate and problem solve. We’ll also practice repetition and routine with regular parachute and bubble activities.

     

    Explorers: 22-28 months

    Where they are: Your little one is communicating, sharing opinions and showing interest in their first friends!

    What to expect in class: We’ll use creativity and imagination in all activities. Throw a pretend party, imagine a wild trip to outer space, or pretend to be an ant in a bug’s world… we’ll transform our playscape into a whole new world!

     

    Explorers Plus: 28 months – 3 years

    Where they are: Jumping, climbing, crawling, and dancing!

    What to expect in class: Our play floor comes to life with a live construction site, dinosaur adventures, jungle fun, and even a trip to the fire station!  We’ll be improving balance and co-ordination skills along with building strong muscles and bones.

     

    Explorers Advanced: 3-5 years

    Where they are: They’re learning to play independently and as a team.

    What to expect in class: Lots of co-operative games and imaginary adventures designed to build self confidence and promote the important personal and social skills needed for a successful transition into school.

     

    Family Class: 6 months – 5 years

    Where they are: Crawling, walking, running, or exploring! Everyone is welcome! Participating in a diverse class of physical, social, and cognitive developmental skills creates a dynamic class, where younger children benefit from watching older children and older children benefit from being leaders. Great for siblings too!

    What to expect in class: More adventures come to life through imaginary play in this multi-age play class. A perfect opportunity for siblings to experience class together, or for children to practise more diverse social skills like leadership and peer modelling.

    Find out more about our other programmes including music, art, school readiness, and more.

     

  • 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.