Solihull

Solihull

REOPENING FROM 7TH SEPTEMBER 2020

 

Gymboree Play & Music Solihull is based at Notcutts Garden centre and offers fun and educational play & learn and art classes for children mobile to 5 years, as well as our unique Sensory Baby Play classes for pre-mobile infants.  Please see our classes section for details and download our timetable for class times.

As local mums with we truly understand the importance of fun quality classes for pre-school children and along with our friendly and dedicated team of teachers, we are committed to ensuring that your children not only have lots of fun but are learning important skills too.

We’re easy to find, in a fantastic location, with loads of free parking so why not book a free trial session and find out for yourself why Gymboree Play & Music is one of Solihull’s most popular classes for pre-school children and babies.

For more information and to book, contact us on 07853 998 566 or e-mail solihull@gymboreeclasses.co.uk.  We look forward to meeting you soon.

Sally & Lesley

For regular updates and news of events happening at Gymboree in Solihull you can follow our facebook page by visiting www.facebook.com/gymboreeclassessolihull

FREE TRIAL CLASS available in all sessions

 

SENSORY BABY PLAY (Level 1)  classes are offered to pre-mobile babies and are suitable from birth to approximately 9 months depending on each child’s development. . Each session is theme based and is full of exciting sensory exploration using a variety of props, musical instruments, fibre optic light shows, puppet dances, bubbles, parachute play baby signing and more.  Class duration 45 minutes.

Our Gymboree PLAY & LEARN classes (levels 2-6) are developmentally appropriate classes featuring loads of fun activities, fantastic equipment, songs, bubbles, parachute play and much more.  These classes are 45 minutes in length and will help your child build strength, balance, co-ordination, social and early language skills and are suitable for mobile babies to age 5.

OPEN GYM – is a FREE session that you can attend as many times as you like to enjoy our colourful and fun play equipment. This is offered to active Gymboree Play & Music members only.  * Please note Open Gyms are temporarily suspended due to the current restrictions in place with the Covid 19 pandemic.  We hope to reinstate open gym sessions soon

MAKE-UP CLASSES – if you are unable to attend a class, phone and let us know and you can book a replacment session (SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY)

For our most up to date timetable please click on the link below

solihull timetable sept 2020

PLEASE NOTE TRIAL SESSIONS MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE.

 

 

 

We run fun-filled birthday parties at our site at Notcutts on Saturday afternoons and on Sundays for children up to the age of 5 years We have a variety of party options to suit all requirements and budgets.

Full details of party packages can be found on the link below

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For more details including pricing and to check availability please e-mail  solihull@gymboreeclasses.co.uk

 

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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
    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.
    • 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

    #gymboreeplayandmusic

    #pewithjoe

  • 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!

    Yes Jess logo

    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.

    Sasha logo

    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
    pic of Gymbo on holiday

    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

     

At Gymboree Play & Music your safety is always our top priority and we want all our customers to be able to play healthy and stay healthy. Having our own purpose built site means we can be in complete control of our cleanliness and hygiene routines but as with any other setting  we cannot completely guarantee a completely risk free environment during a pandemic.  You can, however,  be assured that we continually work very hard to mitigate all risks to staff and customers. To help us keep the site as safe as possible we have implemented changes to our operations and classes in accordance with the Government and CAA guidelines as follows:-

  • Use of wipe clean props only – each child will have their own props which will be sanitised before your class
  • Adaptation of lesson plans.
  • Multiple hand sanitising stations particularly at entrance/exit points
  • Smaller class sizes
  • Longer breaks between classes for even more stringent cleaning of equipment, reception, and bathroom areas
  • Socially distanced changing stations in reception.
  • Touchless hand drying in the bathroom
  • Teachers will use radio mics to avoid raising voices
  • Bubbles will be blown via use of a machine.

We ask our customers to assist by agreeing to the following:-

  • Not arriving until close to your class time – you will be unable to enter reception until invited to do so to ensure all previous class members have departed and cleaning procedures have been carried out.
  • Wearing face coverings unless exempt from doing so when moving around – face visors are available to purchase
  • Leaving buggies in the buggy park to avoid overcrowding in reception (detachable car seats can of course be brought in)
  • Leaving all belongings (except valuables) including all outdoor shoes and coats in the reception area – under no circumstances can outdoor footwear be worn beyond the white gated entrance to the playfloor
  • Leaving the site swiftly after your class – we regret no snacks can be consumed on site after class in our reception area
  • Not attending class if you or your little one is unwell and in particular has any Covid 19 symptoms (a high temp, persistent cough , loss of taste and smell)
  • Only having one adult per paying child attend each session.
  • Younger siblings attending must remain in car chairs or a baby sling due to strict numbers allowed on the playfloor
  • Older siblings who are absent from school or nursery for any reason cannot attend.
  • Let us know if you will not be attending so your space can be offered as a make up for someone else

Our full Covid-19 policy can be viewed by following the link below:-

solihull covid policy