Hackney & Islington

Hackney & Islington

Unfortunately we’ve had to suspend our classes because of the coronavirus, we hope this won’t be for too long! Keep an eye out for updates on our new initiative to bring Gymboree Play & Music to you at home ūüĎÄ

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!

Our site located at 60 Highbury New Park really is amazing. Your little ones will love it! We have a separate baby feeding area with comfortable couches, baby changing facilities and a bottle warmer.

Book your free trial today by emailing us at islington@gymboreeclasses.co.uk or calling 07818153700.

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 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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Gymbo At Home

Do join us on our journey to bring Gymbo to your home during the next few weeks. We will be providing quality content based around your favourite classes all on our online page! These activities, like in a real Gymboree class, are for you to take part and get involved in with your little one. Do email or call us for further details on how to subscribe!

Here is our full schedule of balanced 10-15 mins activities from our teachers for all classes appropriate for newborns to 5 years. There will also be ‘spontaneous’ sessions with all of Gymbo’s favourite activites!

*Sensory Baby Play * Play & Learn * Music * Art * Theatre Arts * School Skills * Gymboree On The Go *

Double click on the following link to download the latest timetable, pricing and membership policies. Our Play & Learn classes are on the first page, please scroll down to find our other classes!

Gymboree Play & Music Hackney and Islington – Timetable, Pricing and Policies

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.

Play & Learn 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 ‚Äėbaby boogies‚Äô 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.

Play & Learn 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.

Play & Learn 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.

Play & Learn Level 5 (22-28 months)…

Imaginary themes and creative play support the development of ‚Äúsymbolic thinking‚ÄĚ 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.

Play & Learn 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 ‚Äúbuilding blocks‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs 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 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.¬† Let’s get planning that Jungle Safari or trip Under the Sea!

Gymboree Play & Music Birthday Parties

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

 

 

Gymbo At Home…

Do join us on our journey to bring Gymbo to your home during the next few weeks. We will be providing quality content based around your favourite classes all on our online page! These activities, like in a real Gymboree class, are for you to take part and get involved in with your little one. Do email or call us for further details on how to subscribe! See the ‘classes and timetable’ tab for our schedule.

 

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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  • Gymbo @ Home – live now!

    24. March 2020
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    Gymbo @ Home – live in a Facebook Group near you!

    We know you can’t come to us right now, but we can come to you ūüŹö.¬† Many of our Gymboree Play & Music centres are offering Gymbo @ Home, a combination of short live-action and pre-recorded interactive videos delivered via closed Facebook Groups.

    Click on the link below of your nearest Gymboree Play & Music centre and register for their Gymbo @ Home Group now to continue the fun at home!¬† If you’re not sure which is your nearest centre check out the map here.

    Gymboree Play & Music Bearsden & Milngavie

    Gymboree Play & Music Bristol

    Gymboree Play & Music Chiswick

    Gymboree Play & Music Docklands

    Gymboree Play & Music East Dulwich

    Gymboree Play & Music Edinburgh

    Gymboree Play & Music Glasgow

    Gymboree Play & Music Hackney & Islington

    Gymboree Play & Music Hampstead

    Gymboree Play & Music Kensington

    Gymboree Play & Music Norwich

    Gymboree Play & Music Putney

    Gymboree Play & Music Sevenoaks

    Gymboree Play & Music Solihull

    Gymboree Play & Music St Albans

    Gymboree Play & Music Tunbridge Wells

    Gymboree Play & Music Wandsworth

    Gymboree Play & Music Warwick

    Gymboree Play & Music Watford

    Gymboree Play & Music Wimbledon

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  • Closed, for now

    19. March 2020

    Further to our update on Wednesday, and the subsequent instructions from the Government, we have taken the very sad decision to close all our centres (those not already closed) from the end of play on Friday 20th March.¬† We’d like to thank all of you who’ve contacted our teams with such kind and supportive comments, it has made a difficult decision slightly more bearable ūüíĒ

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    We have been working hard to develop Gymbo at Home for our customers which will bring live action and pre-recorded class activities to you via a secure online environment.¬† This will be available for new and existing customers. Keep an eye out for an announcement on this very soon ūüĎÄ

    Gymboree Play & Music is a network of small family-run businesses so this closure will hit us very hard.¬† If you’re able to continue with your membership, switching to Gymbo at Home, we would be eternally grateful ūüôŹ

    If you have any questions about your membership, want to access Gymbo at Home, or freeze your membership, please get in contact with your local Gymboree Play & Music.¬† Also if you’re a customer, look out for closed Facebook groups for your local centre where you can keep in touch with the team and fellow Gymboree families.

    Finally, although our doors are closed you can still buy Gymboree Play & Music gift vouchers online which will be honoured for at least 12 months, allowing you to further support Gymboree Play & Music, and give the gift of (virtual or delayed) play!

    For more information on Covid-19 (coronavirus) and how to keep yourselves safe you can read the Public Heath England or Health Protection Scotland websites.

    Once again, we thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you ‘at Home‘.

    Gymbo x

  • Teacher Position at Gymboree Play and Music Islington

    28. February 2020

    We are currently hiring teachers for both full time and part time roles.

    Starting salary after training and probation is £18,000. Experienced teachers will be offered more. Would you prefer to develop into a future site manager or head teacher? We will provide the path.

    The role is not only about teaching and sitting at reception. Once you deliver great lessons and know our business inside out, we will give you responsibilities in other areas, based on your interest and competencies. Our teachers help work on marketing, product sales and operations. We might send you to deliver classes at schools or ask you to work on our social media channels. If you have potential in other areas and an interest to learn we will give you the opportunity to explore and grow.

    Look up the full job description for both full time and part time roles on The Guardian Jobs website

    Please only apply for this role if you can see yourself working and developing in this environment for at least three years. Interested in working for us in Italy during part of the summer season, leading English language camps?

    To apply please send CV and cover letter to marco@gymboreeclassesislington.co.uk

  • Discounted tickets for The Baby Show!

    19. February 2020

    Use code GYM for discounted tickets for The Baby Show* and come and meet us!

    We’ll be on stand B05, the Baby & Toddler Play stand, doing class demos and giving out information.¬† Whether you already have a little one or are still waiting, it’s never too early to think about what fun things you’ll do together.¬† We have branches all over London and the South East so come and say hello ūüôč‚Äć‚ôÄÔłŹ¬† You’ll also be able to pick up a free Piccolo pouch if you’re quick!

    quote GYM for discount tickets for The Baby Show

    Discounted tickets for The Baby Show

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

    The UK’s largest event for parents, parents to be and babies, The Baby Show is a unique, family-friendly shopping event, full of experiential features where you’ll find everything for pregnancy, bump, baby and you. Save money and time with leading baby brands all under one roof, plus boutique, not on the high street products and exclusive show offers to take advantage of.

    If you can’t make it to the show you can still experience our classes; book a free trial today!

    *Discounted tickets for The Baby Show Рsaving is based on the standard on-the-door ticket price of £22.50pp. To book by phone call 0871 231 0844. Calls cost 13p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Advance Box Office closes midnight 27/02/20. £2.20 transaction fee applies per booking.

  • The Gift of Play!

    3. December 2019

    By 2050, the plastic in our landfills will reach 12 billion metric tons. This plastic inevitably ends up in our environment; either by leaching chemicals into our soil or our oceans. As a society we have moved away from the ‚Äėmake do and mend‚Äô era and into a more consumerist extreme; ‚Äėuse once and throw away‚Äô.

    90% of the toys that are manufactured each year are made from plastic because it is cheap to produce and lightweight.  Even toys that aren’t made primarily from plastic are packaged in a multitude of single use plastic packaging, which once used for its initial purpose (housing the product) usually cannot be recycled or re-purposed for anything else. Since manufacturers have moved away from responsibly and ethically creating new toys, the responsibility has fallen onto the consumer. But what can we do if we don’t want our little ones to miss out?

    Buy an experience! Experiences can offer so much more that a plastic present: they allow us to build intellect, will, imagination, memory and perception.  They create lasting memories of positive experiences and strengthen the bond between you and your little one. In addition they improve your little one’s physical capability as they can develop their fine and gross motor skills through climbing, sliding, crawling and singing (your vocal chords are a muscle too!).

    An experience like the Gift of Play here at Gymboree Play & Music could help fast track their development by stimulating them through play. In our classes you will also be building your little one’s social life (and yours!) as they make new friends and bond with their classmates week after week. By learning through play and building lasting memories together you will be strengthening your bond with each other and fostering their learning in a safe and fun environment. With our unlimited open gyms, you can practice outside of classes as well; watching them grow and progress week by week.

    Finally, if you are a grandparent looking for an environment that’s fun, safe and educational and somewhere you can bond with your grand-children, then The Gift of Play is perfect for you too!

    Buy your little one the Gift of Play with a Gymboree Play & Music gift voucher!

    Written by Aslihan Gulen, Play & Music Teacher at Gymboree Play & Music St Albans.

     

  • Children in Need at your local Gymboree Play & Music!

    12. November 2019

    It’s not long until Children in Need this Friday and we are proud to say that many of our branches are taking part throughout the week to raise money for their amazing good causes.

    Children in Need want every child in the UK to have a childhood which is safe, happy, secure, and allows them the chance to reach their potential.  They provide grants to over 3000 local charities and projects all around the UK which focus on children who are disadvantaged.

    We at so lucky at Gymboree Play & Music to be able to enhance little ones’ lives through play, and see the joy on their faces when they spend quality time with their parents and carers.¬† These opportunities are sadly not accessible for everyone, therefore we are asking you, our members, to donate whatever you can to this amazing charity!

    We wanted to have as much fun as possible whilst raising money so we will be throwing a pyjama party at many of our branches across the UK this week.¬† So you can come dressed in your PJs, bring your little ones in their pyjamas, and you’ll even find some of us in ours!

    Check out what your local branch is doing and get involved, or just feel free to donate if you can’t make it to one of our special events ūüôŹūüėć

    Children in Need at Gymboree Play & Music

    Children in Need at Gymboree Play & Music

     

  • Gift vouchers – Give the gift of play week after week!

    29. October 2019

    Are you wondering what to give as a gift to a new parent, child or grandchild?

    Are you keen to give a greener, ethical gift, and reduce the amount of single use plastics in the world?

    Why not give Gymboree Play & Music gift vouchers which can be used towards any of our classes or parties at any of our sites across the UK?

    £50 Gymboree Play & Music gift voucher

    £50 Gymboree Play & Music gift voucher

    In our classes we use a unique and impressive combination of music, movement, props, imaginary play and custom-designed and patented apparatus, all to create a fun and magical world where children learn, thrive and most importantly have fun.

    Our gift vouchers are available in various denominations allowing you to cover the cost of classes for one or more months, or even to pay for a birthday party at your local Gymboree Play & Music.

    Buy Gymboree Play & Music gift vouchers today to give the gift of play, week after week!

    Buy now!

     

     

     

     

  • What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019 – Runners Up!

    What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019 – Runners Up!15. October 2019

    So this happened at the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019 on Friday.

    Rachel, Lucy & Natalie at the What's On 4 Kids Awards 2019

    Rachel, Lucy & Natalie at the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019

    Gymboree Play & Music was awarded Highly Commended in ‘Most Loved Sport or Physical Activity – Franchisor or Independent with 10 to 29 Leaders’ at the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019!

    Millions of parents have trusted What’s On 4 Kids for information and inspiration on children’s activities in the UK since 2006.¬† Their Awards recognise the most loved children’s activities, clubs and classes across the whole of the UK, as voted for by parents.

    We were also finalists in the¬†Most Loved Baby Activity and Most Loved Party Activity categories, so we’re feeling very pleased with ourselves!

    We’re so grateful to all of our lovely customers for voting for us as it’s your opinion that matters the most.

    If you want to come for a free trial to see what all the fuss is about just fill in the form here.

    Thank you ūüėć

  • 50% off in our September Sale, 2nd – 6th September!

    50% off in our September Sale, 2nd – 6th September!27. August 2019

    Gymboree Play & Music September sale – 50% off your first month!

    New term, new activity – all this week we’re giving new members a huge 50% discount off their first month’s membership* in our September sale.

    Gymboree Play & Music are the world leaders in early childhood development programmes because

    • we’ve been around for over 40 years
    • there are branches in over 40 countries
    • classes are for babies and children from newborn to age 5
    • our customers love us – check out our 4.8/5 and 97% rating on Reviews.co.uk
    • from sensory stimulation to problem solving games and storytelling, our classes use play-based activities to stretch body and mind.

    So if you’ve already been for a free trial get in touch with your local Gymboree Play & Music and sign up now!

    But if you haven’t, just fill in the form here and we’ll get back to you asap to book you in for a free trial.

    The September sale ends at close of business on Friday 6th September so get in touch soon!

    50% off first month

    50% off first month

    *T&Cs apply. Sale opens 2nd Sept 2019. Participating sites only, valid for new customers only, subject to availability, not valid in conjunction with any other offer, minimum spend may apply.

  • We’re Finalists, What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019!

    We’re Finalists, What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019!31. July 2019

    We’re super excited to announce that Gymboree Play & Music are finalists in the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019 in the following categories.

    These awards have been voted for by you; mums, dads, and grandparents of the UK, so they mean a lot to us.¬† What’s On 4 Kids will announce the winners on Friday 11th October at a ceremony in London.¬† So we’re crossing all our fingers and toes!

    Picture of girl announcing What's On 4 Kids Awards 2019 finalists

    What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019 finalists announced!

    Thank you to everyone who voted for #gymboreeplayandmusic ūüėė