Hackney & Islington

Hackney & Islington

We are delighted to be re-opening from 19th August 2020!

About Us…

If you are on the lookout for an amazing place which offers fun, high quality and educational classes for your children you need to look no further. You cannot do better than Gymboree Play & Music’s award-winning sessions delivered by our fantastic Islington team. Come visit us, we can’t wait to welcome you and your little ones!

Register your interest in having a free trial today by emailing us at islington@gymboreeclasses.co.uk or calling 07818153700Free trials will be booked for when the site is reopened and we are able to accept trials alongside our social distancing procedures.

Our Location…

Our site is located at 60 Highbury New Park between Highbury & Islington roundabout and Newington Green. The building is located inside the estate, so it can be easily be reached from both adjacent roads – either Highbury New Park or Grosvenor Road. If you arrive by train we’re about 4 minutes walk from Canonbury train station.

Parking…

If you arrive by car there are multiple Pay-and-Display bays nearby. If you live in Islington and have a local parking permit you might be able to park for free in the local resident parking bays during the designated times.

Sock Policy…

Please remember to bring your socks! We want our site to be the cleanest children’s activity site in the area. It is our policy that adults must wear clean socks at Gymboree Play & Music. If you forget to bring them along there will be a pair on sale for £1, half of which we will donate to the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity.

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New Timetable…

Click on the following link for our NEW timetable!!!

Islington reopening timetable and policies

Please note that ALL classes must be prebooked. Everyone will need to choose a new session slot to be booked into so please do drop us an email and we will give you confirmation once you are booked in.

Newborn babies through to children up to age 5 can enjoy a wide range of classes at Gymboree Play & Music Hackney & Islington. Introduce your baby to the world of play at our cosy Sensory Baby Play class, then watch as they progress and work all the way up to imaginative play! (Level 5 and 6)

Sensory Baby Play (0-6 months)…

Our Sensory Baby Play classes focus on developing your baby’s interest in the world through sensory exploration. Stimulating age-appropriate activities such as tummy time, scarf play and auditory exploration help to build trust and security and emotional connections with others. Parent discussion time helps you to connect with other parents in the group and learn more about your child’s development.

Level 2 (6-10 months)…

At this level children learn how they can make things happen as they explore cause and effect and work on strength building activities by using our ramps, slides, climbers and tunnels. The songs and movement of our ‘baby boogies’ are a fun way to encourage social awareness and stimulate early brain development. Introducing your child to new sights, sounds, and movements helps build confidence.

 Level 3 (10-16 months)…

Two way communication has started!  Children are gaining skills that allow them to show you what they want, think and feel as they participate in a range of developmental activities on our range of exciting equipment playscapes. You can experience, observe and guide your child’s new sense of balance, co-ordination and strength and observe how your child interacts and plays with other children as their learning style begins to emerge.

 Level 4 (16-22 months)…

Motor planning is key for our children at this phase of development. We explore patterns, sequences of action and cooperative play using our equipment as a tool for physical, cognitive and social development. Early vocabulary is introduced (e.g. in/out; up/down) and parents help children learn to be competent problem solvers: from how to get in and out of the tunnel, to taking turns, to sharing and more.

 Level 5 (22-28 months)…

Imaginary themes and creative play support the development of “symbolic thinking” in these classes. We transform our slides, tunnels and climbers into doghouses, fire engines and more. We use special props and games to encourage language development and social skill development at an age when many children begin pre-school and can benefit from learning these important skills.

 Level 6 (28 months – 5 years)…

Through more advanced imaginary play, storybooks, equipment play, group and independent play, our Level 6 children learn critical listening and language skills that support their Pre-School readiness. Our activities also focus on co-operative play, building your child’s imagination and thinking skills.

Music…

Our Music classes are a fabulous way to start exploring rhythm and movement with your child, and are set to a different genre of music every two to three weeks.

Music I (6-16 months)…

Children are very receptive to musical learning at this age. Research has shown that infants can have memory for songs heard while in mum’s tummy, and babies as young as 5 months can remember musical sequences and detect changes in pitch, melody and rhythm! Participating in Music I impacts all areas of your baby’s development. You’ll learn songs that boost memory and language and explore music elements like beat and rhythm through age-appropriate instruments and playful movement activities. Learn lullabies from around the world to help to build those important connections between you and your child and support their emotional development.

Music II (16 months – 2 1/2 years)…

Our active approach to musical learning introduces your child to 16 different musical styles. Through singing, dancing, movement games and instruments, your child learns important musical “building blocks” like rhythm, beat, tempo and melody and builds a foundation of musical skills to grow on. These activities provide powerful tools that impact your child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual development too.

Music III (2 1/2 to 5 years)…

Your child’s ability to express musical rules, structures and elements dramatically increases. Cognitive and physical growth leads to more complex and accurate responses in singing, critical listening, moving and instrument play. Our playfully structured activities encourage interaction with peers and support group cooperation through music making.

Art…

Budding artists will love our Art classes! Get messy and creative with activities involving playdough, paints and plenty of glue and glitter. Then, take home your masterpiece to show off to the rest of the family.

Art 1 (17-24 months) Art II (24-36 months) Family Art (17 months-5 years)

Art provides skills for learning and self- expression at any age. That’s why a Gymboree Play & Music Art class is an essential introduction to a world of colour, form and texture that shape a foundation of creative possibility for your child. Our imagination building activities will invite exploration of a collage wall, tactile station, painting, song, story-time and gentle movement to inspire the littlest of artists.

Nothing inspires the imagination quite like art. An Art class sends your child home with far more than a finished project. Children leave our class with an enhanced creative spirit and a positive means for self-expression. Unleash your child’s imagination in a world of hands-on discovery with painting, sculpting, drawing, collage, song, dress-up and other imaginative activities.

Theatre Arts (3-5 years)…

Your little one will sing, dance, paint and create with the opportunity to perform to friends and family at the end of each term. This new programme will promote confidence, self expression, peer interaction and task completion through a variety of creative art forms such as drama, text work, singing, dancing and set and costume making. At the end of each course you have the opportunity to watch your child in a live performance!  In both Key Stages 1 and 2 of the UK National Curriculum music, dance and drama are seen as ways for developing control, co­-ordination, poise and expression of feelings, mood and ideas. The Theatre Arts programme develops all of these important skills and in doing so promotes independence and school readiness in a fun and exciting way!

School Skills (3-5 years)…

This class will equip your little ones with key social, emotional and intellectual skills needed for school and life. This programme will encourage curiosity and build self confidence in your Pre-Schooler using art, science exploration, play and more. Activities help develop confidence, communication, perseverance and co-­operation, giving your child a solid foundation for future learning environments. Teachers also read books that explore and nurture key social and emotional skills, and encourage communication with peers.

This School Skills class includes both independent and group learning activities to promote the important personal and social skills your child will need for a successful transition into school.

 

We are not currently taking booking for birthday parties but do feel free to get in contact if you would like any further information. Register your interest now by emailing islington@gymboreeclasses.co.uk or calling 07818 153 700.

 

Normally we offer tailor made birthday parties on Saturday and Sundays – the whole site to yourself, as well as Parties on the Go – meaning we can come to your home or hired venue.  Our themes include Jungle Safari, Under The Sea, Pirates and Princesses, Superheroes, First Birthday and lots lots more!

There is no better place for your little one’s party than our amazing site.

 

 

 

Baby Massage…

Babyin BabyoutBaby massage is back! Roz will be here leading her wonderful baby massage sessions on Wednesday afternoons in our upstairs room from 13:45-14:45.

‘We start with a lovely relaxation for you followed by a gentle massage for your baby. It is a wonderful way to relax into parenthood. You can come from 6 weeks to crawling. More information and reviews can be found at Babyin Babyout and also on the Facebook page. Please get in touch with me on roz@babyin-babyout.co.uk to book a space.’

Gymbo At Home…

We have had so much fun creating our Gymbo At Home classes for the past few months and we have had some incredible feedback! Thank you to everyone who joined us on this journey. We couldn’t have done it without you!

 

Valentine’s Day…

We managed to raise an amazing £202 through our lovely Valentine’s Day Party that happened on 15th February. This has been split between two wonderful charities – The Rainbow Trust Children’s Trust and Sense. We all had so much fun and can’t wait for the next one!

Charity…

This year we are sponsoring the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity which seeks to support families with terminally ill children through support workers. Keep an eye out for all our charity events coming up this year! In 2019 we managed to raise an amazing £1361.81 for them through our Halloween and Winter Wonderland parties so let’s aim high in 2020 and see if we can do even better!

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  • We’re in the Finals!

    10. September 2020

    We’re thrilled to be in the finals of the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2020!In the finals of What's On 4 Kids Awards 2020 logo

    Thanks to your votes we’ve made it through to the finals in the following categories:

    • Most Loved Sport or Physical Activity, Franchisor or Independent with 20+ Leaders
    • Most Loved Baby Activity, Franchisor or Independent with 6 – 30 Leaders

    And Aaron from Gymboree Play & Music Chiswick has made it through to the finals of:

    • Most Loved Activity Leader or Business Manager, London

    Congratulations Aaron, you deserve it! 🥳🎉👏

    We’re so grateful for all your votes, we understand thousands of you voted and many categories were really close!

    So thank you so much for all your support in 2020, it’s been such a difficult year for us all and we’re thrilled to know you’ve enjoyed your face-to-face and online classes.  We loved producing Gymbo @ Home for you during Lockdown, but we must admit, it’s great to be back on the playfloor 😍

    Hip hip hooray!!

    #WhatsOn4KidsAwards

  • The latest Government announcement

    10. September 2020

    Hello Gymboree Play & Music families,

    We just wanted to reassure you that following the latest Government announcement regarding the rules around ‘social gatherings’ in England changing from Monday, your Gymboree Play & Music classes will still be going ahead.

    • Gymboree Play & Music is a work setting providing educational classes for pre-school children in our ‘Covid-secure’ venues.
    • Our Play Policies have been updated to keep everyone safe whilst they enjoy their Gymboree Play & Music classes.
    • The safety of you, our members; your little ones, and our staff, continues to be our number one priority.

    Please contact your local centre if you have any questions; or book a free trial today!

    We thank you for choosing Gymboree Play & Music, and we look forward to seeing you and your little ones at your next class.

    Love all at Gymboree Play & Music

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  • We’re Back!

    14. August 2020

    It’s been such a long time, but after what seems like months and months, we’re back!  But we’re coming back slowly and carefully.Infection control training certificate

    Each of our centres has been going through a very thorough process of risk assessments, training, rearranging, planning, cleaning, and general hoop-jumping to get ready for this very exciting time. We were not going to re-open until we were sure we could keep our members and teams safe whilst still providing you with the classes that you love.

    As a result, we have redesigned our Play Policies to make sure our centres are ‘covid-secure’ so expect to see one-way systems, thermometers, hand sanitiser, face coverings, smaller classes, fewer props, ‘bubbled’ classes, and lots of cleaning!

    Furthermore all of our centre owners have completed Infection Control for Children’s Activities Providers training designed by the Children’s Activities Association and Mini First Aid Feel free to ask to see their certificate!

    But we’re finally here!  A few of our centres have re-opened already and many more will be opening in the coming weeks.

    Whether you’re already a member or new to the Gymboree Play & Music family, get in touch with your local centre now to find out when they’re opening, and book your place.

    We’d love to see you very soon 🥰🙏

  • Please vote! What’s on 4 Kids Awards 2020

    10. August 2020
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    Please vote for us in the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2020!

    The What’s On 4 Kids Awards are very special to us because they’re voted for by you, our customers and friends, so we love it when our efforts are recognised 😍

    This year we’re thrilled to be nominated in the following categories:

    • Most Loved Sport or Physical Activity – Franchisor or Independent, Taught by 20+ Leaders
    • Most Loved Baby Activity – Franchisor or Independent, Taught by 6 to 29 Leaders
    • Most Loved Activity Leader or Business Manager, London
      • Aaron Barriscale, Gymboree Play & Music Chiswick
      • Lucy Gill, Gymboree Play & Music Kensington
    • Most Loved Activity Leader or Business Manager, South East England
      • Lucy Gill, Gymboree Play & Music Tunbridge Wells
    Gymbos Tea Party pic Gymbos Sports Day pic Gymbo on Holiday pic Gymbo Fest pic

    We know 2020 hasn’t been a normal year, and you haven’t been able to come to see Gymbo in our centres as much as we would all have loved.  We’ve had so much fun delivering Gymbo @ Home for you to enjoy in the comfort and safety of your own home, and we hope it’s helped you, even just a little bit, during these very testing times.

    You haven’t got long, voting closes this Friday 14th August at 12 noon, so please do it now!

    Please vote for us in the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2020!

    Thank you for your continued support, we are so very grateful 🙏

  • Our new normal

    29. July 2020
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    As some of our branches get the final nod to open their doors we need to outline what the ‘new normal’ will look like at Gymboree Play & Music.

    Making sure our customers and staff are safe in a post Covid-19 world is the most important part of this process for us and as such we’ve had to make some changes.  Specifics may change slightly depending on which Gymboree Play & Music you visit, but these new Play Policies will be followed by all.

    • We may have to adapt the timetable to allow for fewer classes and more time in between. Check with your local Gymboree Play & Music for class times.
    • We have reduced the sizes of all classes.
    • We ask you to stick with the same class/es each week for the foreseeable future so we can limit the interaction of households.
    • Please wait outside whilst previous members leave and cleaning is completed. You will need to respect social distancing rules whilst you queue.
    • There will be a one way system in and out of the venue.
    • Everyone will have their temperature taken when they arrive.  Anyone with a high temperature will not be allowed in to class and will have to follow the Government guidance for self isolation.
    • All children and adults will have to wash their hands on arrival and at the end of class.
    • All adults must wear clean socks.
    • No mobile phone use in class to ensure you can commit to social distancing.
    • All adults will need to wear face coverings, our teachers will wear appropriate PPE.
    • Social distancing rules must be adhered to during the class, it is your responsibility to keep your child within an arm’s reach at all times.
    • There will be a longer than usual 30 minute slot between all classes to allow for increased cleaning measures during which time you will not be allowed inside.
    • We will be singing less in class and will use quiet recorded music instead to ensure no raised voices.
    • You will not be able to share toys between households, they will be allocated on arrival.
    • There will be no free flow play, just structured classes.
    • You will need to commit to the same class/es each week to allow us to maintain class bubbles as much as possible.
    • We will adapt all classes to exclude:
      • Gymbo stamps
      • Gymbo kisses
      • Some toys and props
      • Blowing bubbles by mouth

    We hope you understand the need for a ‘new normal’ in these times and we assure you our classes will still be lots of fun with social, cognitive and physical development goals at their heart! Have a look at the video on our homepage to see how it will all look.

    Thank you for your understanding 🙏❤

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  • Win a Joe Wicks and Gymbo Bundle!

    20. July 2020
    Gymbo with Wean in 15 book

    We are super excited to announce that we have teamed up with everyone’s favourite PE teacher Mr Joe Wicks to celebrate the launch of his book Wean in 15!  The best bit? We’re offering you the chance to win a signed copy and £100 worth of Gymboree Play & Music vouchers!*

    To enter, hop over to Instagram!

    In the meantime here’s a yummy recipe for Joe’s Very Green Curry to get the juices flowing!

    Life is so much easier when one meal can be shared by the whole family. This is a great one for batch cooking and enjoying together.

    MAKES 2 ADULT AND 1 BABY PORTIONS 10-12MONTHS+

    • 3 kaffir lime leavesvery green curry
    • 2 large handfuls of spinach
    • 25g bunch of coriander, including stems
    • 4 spring onions, roughly chopped
    • 4cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 1 x 400ml tin of coconut milk
    • 1 tbsp coconut oil
    • 2 chicken breasts, sliced into thin pieces
    • 1 large courgette, cut into bite-sized chunks
    • 6 baby sweetcorn, cut into small rounds
    • 200g frozen peas cooked jasmine rice, to serve
    1. Strip out the stems from the lime leaves and discard.
    2. Add the leaves to a blender along with the spinach, coriander leaves and stems, spring onions, ginger, garlic and coconut milk. Blend until smooth.
    3. Melt the coconut oil in a large frying pan set over a medium heat. Add the chicken pieces and fry for 3 minutes until cooked through. Check by slicing into one of the larger pieces to make sure the meat is white all the way through, with no raw pink bits left. Add the courgette and corn and cook for a further 3 minutes.
    4. Pour the green sauce into the frying pan along with the peas and heat through for about 5 minutes or until the peas are defrosted and the vegetables have softened a little. Serve with jasmine rice.

    Keeps for 2 days covered in the fridge.

    If you’re not the lucky winner you can still buy Joe Wicks’ Wean in 15 from Amazon 🙂

    *T&Cs apply, hop over to Instagram for details. Gymboree Play & Music vouchers can be spent on classes or merchandise and can be gifted.

    #weanin15

    #joewicks

    #competition

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  • Gymbo Fest

    26. June 2020
    Gymbo at a festival

    It’s festival time!  Join us all day on Facebook on Thursday 2nd July at 10am for Gymbo Fest, a collection of fun and informative sessions for you and your little ones 0-5 years old!  We’ve asked our friends from the worlds of health, sleep, fitness, cakes, first aid, and storytelling to come along and entertain and inform you.

    Time Session
    10:00 Welcome to Gymbo Fest with Lucy
    10:05 Gymbo Fest Fun with Steph
    10:45 Festival Fitness with Yes Jess Fitness
    11:30 Preventing Choking in Little Ones with Kate from Mini First Aid
    12:00 Powex 3 Bodyweight Exercises for All Levels with Melissa
    13:00 Let’s Talk about Sleep with Kate from Sleep Time Baby
    14:15 Cake Decorating for LIttle Ones with Piped Blooms
    14:45 Helping Mums get Stronger in Mind, Body & Soul with Heather Keats
    15:30 Pilates for All with Sasha Dance & Pilates
    16:30 Gymbo’s Festival Rave with Steph
    17:00 Storytime with Warrior Worrier

    It’s a free event, just pop along to the Facebook event, and join in throughout the day!

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    Yes Jess Fitness – I am a Personal Trainer based in St. Albans. My mission is to help you, by making exercise a fun & exciting habit. I’m very focused & will prepare a programme that guides you through coaching sessions with me, but also motivates you for those additional workout days where you train on your own. Let’s face it – You’ll see great results if you are prepared to step out of your comfort zone.

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    Mini First Aid are delighted to be supporting Gymbo Fest with a short first aid talk on preventing choking in little ones.  Choking is such an emotive subject for parents of little ones.  Mini First Aid train 1000s of families each week in essential first aid and have been saving lives through this teaching for the last 6 years.  Join Kate, mum of 6 (!) for this informative live session.

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    Powex – I am Melissa, a personal trainer with a difference.  I aim to work in a holistic way, considering both physical and mental wellbeing that will work for you.  I do not encourage extreme or drastic changes as they do not last long term.  I have years of experience in supporting people within the mental health sector in making changes.  I aim to use my psychology and nursing background, CBT and DBT techniques with fitness principles to support you in your journey to finding a balanced life.

    Sleep Time Baby – Top Tips and tricks to get your little one sleeping better (between 0-6yrs!)Sleep Time Baby logo

     

     

     

    Piped Blooms logo

    At Piped Blooms we have combined our obsession with cupcakes and flowers to bring you cupcake bouquets and boxes decorated with our trademark buttercream floral designs. Imagine a bouquet that you can actually eat! Our bouquets and boxes are perfect for gifts and special events or as a little treat for yourself. 

     

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    Heather Keats, founder of Heather Keats Health & Fitness for Mums , is an ex-maternity nurse turned Personal Trainer with a mission to support mums to take time out from their busy lives in the pursuit of health and happiness. Heather takes a nurturing, holistic approach to health and fitness and in the free 30 minute live session she’ll be taking you through a short guided workout, focusing on core strength & flexibility, suitable for all levels. Plus she’ll end with some much needed relaxation. There will also be the opportunity to get access to a free 5 day Healthy Mum Meal Plan.

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    Sasha Dance & Pilates – Come and join me and Gymbo for this 30 mins class which is suitable for everyone! It will leave you feeling energised and ready to face the day and weekend ahead! You can do this with your children or find some important ‘me time’ to stretch, relax and focus the mind. We hope you enjoy! Warrior Worrier pic

    Warrior Worrier – Gather your own little Warrior’s and join local author Katy Sumption at 5pm as she reads through her uplifting mental health picture book live. Let’s encourage all of our little ones to talk openly.

    Big Gymbo thank yous to all our presenters!

    Don’t worry if you miss any of the sessions, you’ll be able to catch up as they’ll all be available to view afterwards.

    Enjoy! 🎪🎭🧘‍♀️🤹‍♀️🤸‍♀️🍰👶

     

  • We’re getting ready to re-open!

    15. June 2020
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    UPDATE: Further to Boris’ announcement on 23rd June, we are still waiting for a date to open.  No Gymboree Play & Music sites will open on the 4th July and we will provide further information about opening as soon as we can.

    We hope you and your families have been keeping well during these difficult times. At Gymboree Play & Music, we are obviously concerned about the spread of COVID-19 and have been watching the Government and industry guidance closely. For over 43 years, we have been providing world class programmes for children, and your continued trust in our brand is a priority. As such, following current Government guidelines, we are working on opening some of our sites from 4th July 2020, however this is subject to change.

    We have upgraded our cleaning procedures in all of our locations beyond our already stringent practices. We ask you to help us by:

    • washing you and your little ones’ hands before and after class
    • staying home if sick or not feeling well
    • monitoring anything that has been placed in your child’s mouth
    • respecting social distancing
    • wearing a face covering during class (adults only)

    Further to these increased hygiene policies, we’re also changing our teaching activities;

    • we’ve removed some props from the classroom
    • instrument exploration, tactile table, play dough and other direct contact activities have been removed
    • we are spraying down our crayons with alcohol
    • no Gymbo kisses or Gymbo stamps.

    While we can’t eliminate all potential exposures, we can keep our sites clean and limit your exposure while enjoying our classes. Our families have trusted us for decades for our cleaning standards and excellent programming and we are continuing this legacy of trust.

    We want to make sure that your children have a proper allotted time for physical, emotional and cognitive growth all year round, and as such we have a flexible make up policy so please can we ask that you only attend class when you and your children are healthy.

    At Gymboree Play & Music, we want our families to STAY HEALTHY and PLAY HEALTHY now and throughout the year!

    Please do get in touch with your local branch to discuss their re-opening plans and reserve a space in their classes.

     

  • Gymbo on Holiday

    12. June 2020
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    Dads, this one’s for you!  (Or anyone else who fancies joining in the fun on Fathers’ Day!)

    We know you can’t come to us right now, but we can come to you with Gymbo on Holiday, a LIVE and INTERACTIVE session straight from the comfort and safety of your home!

    Join us on our Facebook page on Father’s Day, Sunday 21st June 2020 at 10:00am for lots of fun for all babies and children 0-5 years old 🏖.

    Our FREE, fun-filled session will be full of song and dance, puppetry, reading and movement games.  You can get creative by setting up your very own beach scene in your home or garden, and get ready to join in the fun!  Watch out for updates online to get ready to play.

    Gymboree Play & Music want this chance to say a massive thank you to everyone who’s been joining us online. We miss you all very much!  As a network of small family-run businesses your support at this time is vital, and greatly appreciated. We have been working hard to bring Gymbo @ Home to our customers, bringing live action and pre-recorded class activities to you via a secure online environment. Gymbo on Holiday is the perfect introduction if you haven’t already joined us!

    Contact your local centre if you have any questions about your membership or want to access Gymbo @ Home where you can keep in touch with the team and your fellow Gymboree Play & Music families.

    Click ‘going’ so we know if you’re coming, and we’ll see you very soon ❤

    Love, Gymbo x

    #gymboathome

     

  • Gymbo’s Sports Day

    19. May 2020
    Gymbo's sports day

    We know you can’t come to us right now, but we can come to you with Gymbo’s Sports Day, a LIVE and INTERACTIVE session straight from the comfort and safety of your home!

    Join us on our Facebook page on Friday 22nd May 2020 at 10:30am for sporty fun for all babies and children 0-5 years old 🥎🏏🏓⚽.

    Our FREE, fun-filled session will be full of song and dance, puppetry, reading and movement games.  You can get creative and join in the fun by setting up your very own sports day in your home or garden, and get ready to play!  Watch out for updates online to get ready to play.

    Gymboree Play & Music want this chance to say a massive thank you to everyone who’s been joining us online. We miss you all very much!  As a network of small family-run businesses your support at this time is vital, and greatly appreciated. We have been working hard to bring Gymbo @ Home for our customers, bringing live action and pre-recorded class activities to you via a secure online environment. Gymbo’s Sports Day is the perfect introduction if you haven’t already joined us!

    Contact your local centre if you have any questions about your membership or want to access Gymbo @ Home where you can keep in touch with the team and your fellow Gymboree Play & Music families.

    Click ‘going’ so we know if you’re coming, and we’ll see you very soon ❤

    Love, Gymbo x

    #gymboathome

Updated Policies…

Our classes will continue to focus on fun with social, cognitive, and physical development goals at their heart. We do however require your help to make this ‘new normal’ work. Rules set by government, instructions we received from our council’s Environmental Health Department and steps we have undertaken have resulted in an inevitable change in procedures at our site. We have tried to summarise them here. Feel free to ask us any questions and provide your recommendations.     

Make up classes

  • Due to the need to operate each class as a ‘bubble’ we have been advised that make up classes cannot be booked as one off sessions. Therefore, every class that you cancel will be added to your account as a ‘second class credit’. Once you have four, or more make up class credits we will be able to book you into a second class as a regular member to use these sessions up.

Open Gym

  • Open Gym sessions represent a Free Flow Play opportunity which would now pose an increased risk due to the presence of a mix of different children. The government and the council have currently forbidden this type of activity. This means that we will not be able to run Open Gym sessions until the official guidelines permit us to do so.

Arrival and departure

  • We ask you to arrive 5 – 10 minutes before your class start time and to wait in a socially distanced manner until we invite you to enter. This ensures that there is enough time to register you into the class, check your temperature, and for you to wash and sanitise your hands before you enter your session.
  • Once in the building you will follow the one way system that is in place to reach the Playfloor or upstairs room. The art/music room has been converted to help as an additional buggy parking space.
  • Once your Play & Learn class has finished we ask that you leave the Playfloor from the reception side and exit the site promptly. This ensures that we keep the flow of people going between classes with no overlap, and also means that we can immediately start the cleaning between sessions.

Classes

  • Our timetable has been adapted for smaller class sizes. We ask that only one adult attends at a time per little one.
  • For now we are not going to be offering Open Gym, Art or Drop Off classes. We hope to be able to reintroduce them to the timetable soon!
  • We ask that you stick to the same class time each week so they can operate as ‘bubbles’ with the only exception being if your little one reaches an age that they need to move to a higher level class.
  • All adults (including staff) must wear a face mask on site and in classes. All adults must wear clean socks.
  • No external items to be brought into class. Please leave them in the buggy. Valuable items to be kept on your person if necessary.
  • No mobile phone use in class to ensure you can commit to social distancing.
  • There will be less singing in classes (alongside Government guidance) and quiet recorded music will be used to ensure no raised voices.
  • You will not be able to share toys between households. You will be allocated individual boxes on arrival.

General notes

  • If you, your little one, or anyone else in your household display symptoms of Covid-19 then you will be asked to follow the government guidance for self isolation. This also applies if there has been any travel to areas which require quarantine. We ask that you cancel your classes and you can then rebook them in accordance with our updated make up class policy.
  • There will be no highchairs available for meals or snacks before or after class . If you do wish to have a space to breast feed somewhere other than in the main class area then do ask at the front desk and we will be more than happy to check you into our lounge area where we will provide you with a comfortable chair. Unfortunately we have been asked not to use any couches.
  • We ask that you email or call us for any queries you may have or any bookings/payments that need to be made.
  • If you wish to buy anything from our retail wall then do feel free to do so! We ask that you don’t touch any of the items unless you are going to buy them. We will be operating a cash free site so do be prepared to purchase items via card or contactless payment.
  • We have adapted our way of working to exclude – Gymbo stamps, Gymbo kisses, blowing bubbles by mouth and some toys and props.

Payment Rules and Policies…

  1. One off joining fee: The joining fee for Gymboree Play & Music Hackney & Islington is per child and is valid worldwide. Children remain members until their 6th birthday and pay only once.
  2. Fee payments: The joining fee and first payment (pro rata) will be due on the day of registration and will be charged to your card on the same day or in the following two weeks. Thereafter, your monthly fee will become due on the last day of each month and is payable via direct debit. At the time of signing up we will ask you to fill out a direct debit authorisation form either in person or via a secure link. Your commitment to these payments is for at least three months. Payments will generally be taken within the two weeks following the payment due date.
  3. Cancel membership: You can cancel your membership any time after your initial three month period with one month’s notice. This needs to be in writing (email is fine!) On receipt of your written cancellation we will issue with a confirmation email.
  4. Holidays and illness: We do not automatically give credits if you miss your class and ask that you do not attend if you, or your little one, are poorly. You can cancel your class in advance via email or phone and this will then be added to your account as a ‘class credit’. This can be booked in accordance with our updated make up class policy (please see above)
  5. Closure: If classes do not run due to the site remaining closed over Christmas, Easter or on a Bank Holiday, you will be due a make up class credit. If you would rather freeze your membership during these times then do communicate to us in writing with one month’s notice.
  6. Teacher absence/shortage: We reserve the right to change the format or genre of your class, as appropriate for your child’s age, without reimbursement, in the event of teacher absence or shortage. Should we cancel your class, clause 5 will apply.
  7. Freezing membership: If you wish to take a break we ask that you give us one month’s notice in writing via email. This needs to include your end date along with your recommencement date. We will reduce your monthly payments accordingly. You get 8 weeks of freeze period per year in addition to any freezes made over Christmas or Easter (see clause 5)
  8. Withdrawal of service: In months where we are unable to provide our onsite or online class service for any reason, we will reduce the monthly payment by the equivalent weekly fee.
  9. Bank authorisation failure: In the event that your bank will not authorise a transaction for any reason we may charge a £5 administration fee. To avoid this, please ensure we always have your up to date payment details.
  10. Open gym: When open gym sessions are on our timetable they are included for all active members. If an active member wishes to bring along a sibling who is not a member/no longer an active member, they can do so for £5.
  11. We reserve the right to change our membership and payment rules.
  12. By providing your details you are consenting to our Privacy Policy which can we viewed at our website gymboreeclasses.co.uk
  13. By giving us your card and bank details you are agreeing to the terms and conditions set out above.