Hackney & Islington

Hackney & Islington

We are looking forward to welcoming you all back to classes from Wednesday 2nd December!

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 and paid for in advance!

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.

 

 

 

Art Classes…

We are thrilled to announce that our amazing art classes are back! They are taking place on Thursday mornings with sessions starting at 09:45 and 11:00. Currently they are both Family Art classes for the age group 17 months-5 years.

Art sessions are wonderful for inspiring the imagination and encouraging sensory exploration. We will be kicking off with an Autumn theme, so think shiny apples, crunchy leaves, fluffy turkeys! Come and get messy and creative, then take your masterpiece home to show to the family!

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 and 15:15-16:30.

‘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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  • A Warm Welcome Back

    26. November 2020
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    Wishing you a very warm welcome back to Gymboree Play & Music!

    UPDATED – Further to the Government’s latest announcement we can confirm that all our centres in England have reopened after lockdown from Wednesday 2nd December.

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    Our centres in Glasgow South and Bearsden & Milngavie are in Scotland’s tier 4 and are currently closed, please get in touch for the latest information. Edinburgh is still open.

    Now the legislation for England has been published it’s clear there are specific exemptions to cover parent and child groups so we can’t wait to see you back in class!

    All of our centres are Covid secure having previously implemented new play policies with smaller ‘bubbled’ classes, one way systems, face coverings, sanitising stations, and no sharing of toys.  So you can continue to feel safe and relaxed at your Gymboree Play & Music classes and enjoy a little bit of normality!

    As always please don’t come to your class if you or your little one have any of the symptoms of Covid-19, we’ll welcome you back with open arms when you’re all better.

    Of course if you’d rather not come back to class right now, that’s perfectly fine, we understand everyone has their own set of circumstances and family members to consider.  Please get in touch with your local centre to discuss your options.

    Thank you all for your continued support and stay safe everyone 🙏🏼💗

  • Give the Gift of Play and Support Local

    18. November 2020
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    With Christmas fast approaching and uncertainty all around, now is the time to give the gift of play and support local with Gymboree Play & Music gift vouchers.

    Although Gymboree Play & Music is proud to be part of a global brand with a 44 year history, all our centres are small businesses in their own right owned by families like yours.  Like many businesses they’ve been closed for about half pic of baby and bubblesof this year with very limited income.  We’ve all been overwhelmed by the love and support we’ve felt from our members and fellow small businesses in our communities, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you’ve done.  We’ve been particularly thrilled to see so many of you back in class in your droves (when rules allow)!

    Now with some light at the end of the tunnel we’re hopeful 2021 will bring better times, where we can move on from lockdowns, new normals, and one way systems!

    In the meantime, for this Christmas, why not give the gift of play and support local all at the same time, with our gift vouchers.  They’re valid for 12 months and can be redeemed at any of our centres across the UK against classes and merchandise.  They make the perfect gift for a new parent, pre-school children, or an existing Gymboree Play & Music member.

    All our teams across the UK really appreciate you supporting them during these unprecedented times, and buying our gift vouchers is one small way you can help.

    Thank you 🙏🏼

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  • We’re staying at home

    5. November 2020

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    Gymboree Play & Music are staying at home 🏡 this lockdown (in England) 👨👧👦👩👧👦👨👩👧👦👨👦👦 

    There has been much speculation as to whether we can continue to operate our classes throughout this second ‘lockdown’, if we could fall into the Government Guidelines for either ‘support groups’ or ‘supervised activities for children.

    Whilst we definitely support the families that come along to our classes, fundamentally we are not a ‘support group’.  Although we do provide ‘supervised activities for children’, this is not so parents and carers can go to work. We feel these are the intentions of the guidance and therefore we don’t feel we fit in the exemptions.

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    The news that specific ‘support groups’ and ‘supervised activities for children’ are able to remain open is brilliant for the families who rely on such services. We are so happy to know that families will still be able to access them 🙏 .

    As business owners this is our livelihoods and we are completely devastated to close our doors again, we ask you to please continue to support your local centre in anyway that you can throughout this ‘lockdown’. 

    We will remain closed until the end of ‘lockdown‘ on 2nd December. We would love nothing more than to still be running our COVID-secure classes and seeing you, our Gymboree Play & Music families, but the instruction is to ‘stay home’ 🏡🌸, and the safety of you, your little ones and our team will always come first.  

    As always thank you so much for all your amazing support. Stay safe everyone & hip hip hooray for another Gymboree day just 4 weeks away ✨😌 

  • Closed for 4 weeks

    2. November 2020
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    Dear Gymboree Play & Music families,

    Further to Boris’s latest announcement it’s with a heavy heart we must once again temporarily close our doors in England. Having you and your little ones return to our classes has been truly wonderful and we already can’t wait to welcome you back soon

    💗 From this Thursday 5th November in compliance with the latest Government Guidelines all our centres will be temporarily closed for 4 weeks.

    💗 Please wait to hear from your local centre on how they will support you with your membership questions, as you can imagine we will be very busy at this time and will be doing our utmost to manage this situation as efficiently as possible so kindly bear with us

    💗 The safety of you, our members, your little ones, and our staff continues to be our number one priority.

    🙏🏼 Thank you for choosing Gymboree Play & Music and for your continued support. Once the time is right we will welcome you back with ooodles of bubbles and three BIG Gymbo cheers!

    Stay safe and healthy.

    Please note the guidance for our Scotland centres is different but they will be in touch if anything is altering with your membership at any time.

     

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  • Help us to keep you safe

    30. September 2020
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    With all of our centres finally open (hooray!), we want to thank you again for your support over Lockdown and now.  It’s been a very difficult time, and will continue to be for a while to come, so we’re extremely grateful to have many of you back in class.

    We just want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the new Play Policies put in place to keep our teams and members safe.  We have only been allowed to open by the powers-that-be because we’ve put these policies in place, ensuring a Covid-secure environment for your classes.  Therefore it’s vital that everyone follows the rules and allows our teams the time and space to manage the increased admin and cleaning. Please help us to keep you safe.

    We know it feels a little bit different in class at the moment, we know some of you would rather not wear face coverings, and we know you miss Gymbo stamps and kisses, and seeing your little ones play closely with their friends; but to keep us all safe this is the way it must be for the time being. In order to keep your classes running in our Covid-secure venues you may also see an increase in your membership price.

    Most importantly please can we remind you not to come to class if you or your little one are unwell or have any of the main symptoms:

    • a high temperature
    • a new, continuous cough
    • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

    We have a generous make-up policy and you’ll be able to come back to class when you’re both better.

    Of course, if you’d rather not come back to class right now with these policies in place, that is also fine.  We will welcome you back with open arms when you feel ready.

    Thank you again for helping us to keep you safe!

  • 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
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    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.
    • 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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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 covering 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.