St Albans

St Albans

Following government guidance, Gymboree Play & Music St Albans will be closed from 20th December 2020. We appreciate your continued support and look forward to welcoming you all back when it’s safe to do so.

Gymboree Play & Music St Albans Timetable 2021

Finalist “FRANCHISEE OF THE YEAR”  2020 clubhub UK

Winner “BEST PRE-SCHOOL CLASS”  2019 Raring2Go!

Finalist “BEST PARTY VENUE”  2019 Raring2Go!

Runner-up “BEST FOR CREATIVE FUN”  2019  Hoop

Finalist “YOUNG WOMAN IN FRANCHISING OF THE YEAR”  2018 EWIF

Celebrating 40 years of Gymboree Play & Music

…40 year’s young and we’ve only just begun…

Here at Gymboree Play & Music St Albans, we run award-winning and fun-filled classes for babies and children from 0-5 years, and are based in a gorgeous brand new site in the centre of St Albans. There is something for every child here at Gymboree Play & Music St Albans!

Gymboree is a fantastic way to have great fun with your child and encourage learning and development through play. Based around our custom designed equipment, our sessions use music, song, dance and imaginative play to create a wonderful learning experience for all your little ones. You’ll also find that we are more than just a toddler group! Our baby play and toddler classes are structured and you’ll find each activity to be specifically tailored to a developmental goal. All classes are led by highly-trained and enthusiastic teachers.

We offer a FREE TRIAL for any of our classes, call or email us NOW!

stalbans@gymboreeclasses.co.uk  01727 831551

For regular updates and news of events happening at Gymboree in St Albans you can follow us on social media

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Gymboree Play & Music St Albans Timetable 2021

To book a FREE TRIAL, please call us on 01727 831 551 or at stalbans@gymboreeclasses.co.uk 

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STEPH

Franchisee

Steph always knew she wanted to work with children so became a qualified Montessori Teacher specializing in child development from birth – seven years. She also has a degree in Theatre Direction and certificates in Child Psychology and Child attachment.

She started working at Gymboree Play & Music St Albans part-time in 2012 when it opened and can’t believe how far she has come in just a short few years! In 2013 Steph was voted Semi-Finalist for “What’s on 4 little ones” prestigious award ‘Most Outstanding Activity Leader for the under 5’s (South)’. Steph took over the Franchise in December 2016 and In 2018 Steph made it to the final three of EWIF (encouraging women into franchising) for “Young woman in franchising of the year“. In 2019 the company won “Best Pre-school class” at the Raring2Go! awards and in 2020 Steph made the final 5 for “Franchisee of the year” at the ClubHubUK awards.

Steph is also a certified Infant Massage instructor under the IAIM (International association of infant massage) and offers 5-week courses on-site or in your home/hired venue.

If you would like to contact Steph directly please email her on stephanie@gymboreeclasses.co.uk

ASLIHAN

Play & Music Teacher

Aslihan has a degree in Drama which has equipped her with the skills for leading workshops and exploring Lecoq’s concept that all theatre is essentially play.

Aslihan has developed a knowledge of sensory needs in the early years through working with puppets and projection during her degree.

Aslihan has also worked as a tutor, teaching Drama, Music and English lessons to children from KS1-4.

Fascinated by the impact that language has on early development, Aslihan is currently learning Turkish, Korean and British Sign Language.

WERONIKA

Play & Music Teacher

Weronika has always enjoyed working with children and has nannied from a young age. Growing up in Poland, she worked as a children’s party entertainer where one of her specialties was balloon animals!

This was a family run business with her two sisters who also entertained, and looked after children at weddings and other events!

Weronika made the move to England just under four years ago and has worked with many local families since arriving; Weronika knew she wanted to work more within the child development and education sector making Gymboree Play & Music the perfect job!

 

 

AIMEE

Play & Music Teacher/ Party Leader

Aimee is currently in her second year of A-levels in which she studies psychology, business and graphic art.

From the age of 2, Aimee has been attending ballet, tap and modern lessons in which she has made her way through the grades and is now coming to the end of them. Ballet is such an important factor in Aimee’s life that she has been furthering her knowledge by teaching children the skill she loves to the next generation of ballerinas.

As well as ballet, Aimee has had a strong background in performing arts which landed her a place in Fame and Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat; performing in both the Milton Keynes Theatre and the Alban Arena.

 

SENSORY BABY PLAY (Newborn – 6 months)

Classes are offered to pre-mobile babies and are suitable from newborn to 6 months.  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.Using Gymboree Play & Music’s specially designed apparatus, physical activities are incorporated to help develop balance, co-ordination, and neck and upper body strength.

Come bond with your baby today!  Why Sensory Baby Play at Gymboree Play & Music

Check out our latest blog on Why Sensory classes aren’t just for new-borns

We also offer IAIM Infant Massage courses on-site. Click on the tab for more information.

IAIM INFANT MASSAGE (newborn – 10 months)

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We are passionate about the importance of touch and bonding with your baby and massage is a great way to introduce this to you both! Research shows that the first 1000 days of a child’s life are highly influential on their life-long mental health, and we want to help you along that crucial journey. Our Baby Massage course consists of 5 sessions each lasting 1 hour in our beautiful studio.

We invite babies (under 1 year) and their parents along to learn all about the importance of touch and hope you will use this course as an opportunity to bond with your baby whilst learning and practicing the different massage strokes with our fully qualified IAIM instructor Steph.

Course dates:

Tuesday 5th January – Tuesday 2nd February 2021, 12-1pm. 

 

PLAY & LEARN (6 months – 5 years)

Fun at Gymboree Classes Encourage learning and development with our unique apparatus-based classes, designed to support your child’s growth at his or her own individual pace. Our fun and energetic Play & Learn classes are structured and curriculum-based, yet flexible enough to allow children to explore and express themselves fully. From imaginary play to games and storytelling, our classes use play-based activities to stretch the body and mind

Read our latest blog here: Play: A serious learning technique or just for fun?

Read our latest blog here: They’re called schemas

 

Play & Learn classes are split into developmental goals.

Level 2 Play & Learn (6 – 10 months)

Acting with purpose and intention 

Level 3 Play & Learn (10 – 16 months)

Becoming skills in back and forth communication 

Level 4 Play & Learn (16 – 22 months)

Figuring out how the world works 

Level 5 Play & Learn (22 – 28 months)

Imaginary play: Using words and symbols to express ideas 

Level 6 Play & Learn (28 – 42 months)

Imaginary play: Connecting ideas using concepts and vocabulary 

SING & LEARN (6 months – 5 years)

Enhance your child’s development and love of music through song, dance, movement games and instruments.  Our Music classes are high energy and full of life, allowing children to express themselves freely and to move about when the mood strikes!  A new musical style is explored every three weeks – from African to Classical, Jazz and Disco, R&B to Asia – introducing children to a variety of new sounds and rhythms from all over the world, and from past to present!

Read our latest blog here: mamadoit: Gymboree Play & Music

Read our latest blog here: The importance of song and music in learning

 

CREATE & LEARN (18 months – 5 years)

Inspire your child’s imagination and self-expression with a world of hands-on art activities. Through painting, printing, sculpture, drawing, collage, dramatic play and more, our art classes encourage confidence and support artistic potential.  Take home two finished art masterpieces each week.

Read our latest blog here: How to do art in the Early Years without getting messy!

 

BUBBLE BOOKINGS

NEW for 2020, Bubble bookings offer you a place for you, your little ones and their friends to spend some time together in a Covid-19 secure venue; socially distanced while having fun!

Bubble bookings can be either one hour, or one hour thirty and include a 45-minute award-winning class with parachute time and bubbles.

An hour’s bubble booking is just £65 and an hour and half is £85.

For more information or to check availability please contact us now.

Guaranteed to be 100% fun with zero clean up!

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GYMBOREE PLAY & MUSIC ST ALBANS EVENTS

Keep up-to-date with whats going on at Gymboree Play & Music St Albans by heading over to our Facebook page “GymboreeClassesStalbans”

CHRISTMAS CLOSURE

We will be closed Friday 25th – Monday 28th December 2020 and Friday 1st Janaury 2021. If your class has been cancelled due to our closure, you have three months to reschedule your class. Please email stalbans@gymboreeclasses.co.uk 

  • Gymbo @ Home Again!

    19. January 2021

    Now that we’re back into another national Lockdown we’re planning Gymbo @ Home again on our national Facebook page!

    Gymbo @ Home is short live-action or pre-recorded classes delivered to you online in the comfort and safety of your own home.  Gymboree Play & Music classes bring a unique combination of music, movement, props, and imaginary play, all to create a fun and magical world where children learn, thrive and most importantly have fun.

     

    We have 3 free 30 minutes sessions planned for you so far:Gymbo on a sledge in the snow

     

    So jump over to Facebook, click ‘going’, and put them on your calendar!

    We’ve shared some cool ideas for fun activities you can do with your little ones around the winter theme for the first event.  Why not have a go at making penguin bottles?!

    You can also enter our competition to win some wonderful Bubble Ooodles by getting involved with our hysterical game of hide and seek with Steph during Gymbo’s Winter Party.  Join in live to find out more.

    After the event you can still watch again, along with all our previous Gymbo @ Home sessions, via our Facebook page.

     

    Some of our centres are running regular Gymbo @ Home sessions via private Facebook groups so get in touch with your local centre to find out more.

    Thank you for your continued support, and stay say everyone 🙏💗

  • Lockdown

    5. January 2021
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    Another day, another update!  As you will not doubt have noticed, we have had to close all our centres across the UK due to the national Lockdown announced yesterday.

    Once again we are devastated not to be able to see you and your little ones in class, but we know lockdown is the best way to stop this virus once and for all.

    Please keep an eye on your local centre’s Facebook page for updates on Gymbo @ Home, a combination of short live-action and pre-recorded interactive videos delivered via closed Facebook Groups.  Some, but not all, centres will be offering Gymbo @ Home to current members.

    Contact details for all our centres via the links below:

    If you’re not sure which is your nearest centre check out the map here.

    Bearsden & Milngavie

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    Bristol

    Chiswick

    Docklands

    East Dulwich

    Edinburgh

    Glasgow

    Hackney & Islington

    Hampstead

    Kensington

    Norwich

    Putney

    Sevenoaks

    Solihull

    St Albans

    Tunbridge Wells

    Watford

    Wimbledon

    It’s possible easing of lockdown will happen at different times across England and Scotland so again, please keep an eye on your local centre’s social media in the coming weeks for the latest news.

    Many thanks for your continued support, and stay safe everyone, we miss you 🙏💗

  • Tier 4 update 31st December 2020

    30. December 2020
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    Unfortunately more of our centres are moving into Tier 4 from tomorrow, 31st December 2020, so will be closed for now.  This includes our centres in England and Scotland.

    The only Gymboree Play & Music centre in the UK still in Tier 3 is Gymboree Play & Music Bristol and they are open!  But we do advise you to check with them before attending your classes in the coming weeks in case the situation changes.

    As always we will monitor the guidelines and legislation carefully and open our doors elsewhere as soon as it’s safe to do so.

    Wishing all our Gymbo families a very happy new year, and please stay safe everyone 🙏

     

  • Tier 4 Closure

    20. December 2020
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    Updated – please see new blog post 30th December 2020.

    Once again, due to the latest Covid-19 guidance, all of our London and the South East centres have had to close due to the introduction of Tier 4 restrictions.

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    Cheam

    Chiswick

    Docklands

    East Dulwich

    Hackney & Islington

    Hampstead

    Kensington

    Putney

    Sevenoaks

    St Albans

    Tunbridge Wells

    Watford

    Wimbledon

    These restrictions will be reviewed on 30th December, please keep an eye on our social media for the latest information.

    In the meantime we wish you a relaxing Christmas, and here’s looking forward to a very different 2021!

    Stay safe everyone 🥰

     

  • 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.

    pic of mother and baby playing at Gymboree Play & Music

    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 🙏🏼

    #giftofplay

    #supportlocal

     

  • 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 ✨😌 

  • Let’s keep physical, physical…

    4. November 2020

    Written by Stephanie Gross, Director Gymboree Play & Music St Albans

    Let’s keep physical!

    With a new lock down looming, this one will be much harder than the first for a lot of reasons – the weather, the memories of before, and most importantly a different child from last time! Your little ones are much older than before – maybe crawling or walking now, running, jumping and causing mischief in the house making it a new experience for all! You may even have another little one in tow too 😊 You may be back at work and are now having to juggle work life and home life all under one roof. Whatever you’re going through we want to remind you that you are not alone, you may have to put your coat, wellies and hats on but please do get outside and enjoy the fresh air together!

    Here are a few tips and tricks to help keep little ones physical while spending more time at home. Please note all ages are just guidelines!

    Babies

    0-6 months

    In the first few months of life little ones are starting to explore the new world around them; keep them calm and interested with visual tracking – you can use your fingers, a prop, anything! Just remember to take it slow; build your little ones understanding of the activity and move more (side to side, up and down or just above their head and towards their tummy) when their confidence blossoms. Remember our little ones start to see in black and white first and over time colours start to emerge; think of the objects you use to challenge your little ones!

    Tummy time: a workout for the body! Tummy time is the art of encouraging little ones to support their own head which in turn will help them with core strength and balance which will ultimately lead to a sitting child. Make a bolster (rolled up towel, blanket or pillow) and place it under your little one’s arms – remember we want arms in front of their body so they are supporting themselves, this way the bolster will help take pressure off little ones to allow them to work on their head control.

    Start introducing your little ones to auditory senses – your little one will be home, a lot, and not have much sound around them – play music, sing songs, dance around the room, imitate animals! But start to create with them now so they aren’t as startled when they come back to classes!

    boy with playballsCrawlers

    6-12 months

    These little ones are the most frustrated of all, they can see an object – they want it but their body hasn’t quite worked out how to get it yet. They may face plant, throw themselves backwards or collapse when placed into a standing position; Each time this happens – soothe little ones and set them back up again, we want to build their muscle memory as much as possible! What’s muscle memory I hear you cry “It’s creating a motor task into a memory” – a great example of this is walking, we don’t think how to walk – we just know how through repetition, practise makes perfect!

    You may use your sofa, coffee table, cot, bed or bath to get little ones into standing positions – we want nice flat feet to the floor so if the piece of furniture you are using is too high for grasping you may place a box, pillow, blanket down to support your little ones. Remember when changing the texture from under them it will change the way in which they balance. Think about our body and how it changes when we walk across sand, or pebbles at the beach.

    Walkers

    12-16 months

    We are up, on our feet and trying to walk – we may be walking already and practising our new found skills. Hold little one’s hands, keep them safe and encourage confidence! Lots of smiles and praise, even when they do fall down; we get back up and we try again!

    To keep your little ones forward facing (upper body is facing the direction they intend to move towards – remember their head is 3x heavier than the rest of their body!) You may use props such as walkers – but don’t forget about your buggy! Get outside, take your little one out of their buggy and you hold the handle and have them holding onto their seat, slowly move backwards encouraging your little one to push their buggy, voila they are walking! Please note for little ones that need extra support, stay with them and support by the torso to build their understanding of the activity.

    playing with scarvesRunners

    16-24 months

    Run, Run and Run some more! These little ones love to be on their feet, they are fast and always looking for something new to do and they have very short attention spans; why wouldn’t you walk off to explore something new when you’re bored of this activity! Keep them entertained by developing the activity – we may explore with a ball: kicking it – catching it – rolling it – hiding it – bouncing it – bouncing on top of it. The possibilities are endless!

    Now that our little ones have mastered the art of moving, it’s a great opportunity to start introducing speech – not only may we say “ball” but we will also ask for repetition of words like bounce, roll, catch to start a conversation! Allow your little one’s to start playing alone, of course with supervision to develop their parallel play; they may play next to you – or another child but they do not yet play together; our Runners are solitary characters who have a mind of their own.

    4yr_girl_monarch_orangeExplorers

    24 months +

    During this period of time our little one’s way of learning changes, over the past two years our main focus had been ensuring our little ones are comfortable physically while learning communication skills along the way. Now we start to really work cognitively by exploring pretend play. Let your imagination run wild when playing with little ones of this age, you may set up a picnic or go on a bear hunt. You might make food or be a firefighter – the possibilities are endless! Remember to add songs, movements and props to really enhance your play; a ball could become an apple – crunch crunch!

    You may show your little one’s pictures or objects and start to talk about them, what we use them for and then pretend to use them (or really use them if you’re comfortable doing so). This strengthens your little ones symbolic thinking – the art of understanding what a fire engine is, they can visualise it, they can pretend to drive it and make the correct sounds.

    art class Create & Learn

    0-5 years

    Put aside the mess and embrace art with your little ones! Put some newspaper down, do painting in the bath, garden or park but create! Encourage physical dexterity (fine motor skills) by allowing little ones to play with sponges, paint brushes, stickers and sequins (we would suggest smaller items from around 18 months). Don’t worry about all the tidying up you have to do – little ones love to help! Sing a goodbye song or play “clean up crew” by our Gymboree band Parachute express!

    A great way to develop self-expression through the medium of art is by exploring visual literacy. The way in which you interpret art (or your little one’s art) – this could be drawing a story, “I might start with a bright blue sky and some trees”. It could be talking to your little ones about the work they have created and exploring colours – you might even mix colours together, an amazing magic trick – WOW!

     

     Sing & Learn

    0-5 years

    When people think about music, they think about expressive behaviour – your little one playing an instrument and singing along but in order for us to get there we have to be receptive to music first.

    Receptive, meaning the ability to learn is compulsory for little ones to then become expressive; meaning the ability to communicate. If we think of our little ones as a sponge, they soak up all our love, attention and information and when they’re full it comes flowing out for you to see – this is usually the most exciting part “They clapped their hands for the first time today”. You wouldn’t not clap at them all those months prior so you wouldn’t not explore music with them either.

    Let’s all try singing row your boat together- will your little one anticipate the ending and let out a scream? What about Twinkle Twinkle – is your little one in admiration listening to your voice or trying to get their fingers moving like yours?  It may take time for your little ones to be expressive but it’s definitely worth the wait!

    Did you know music is linked to memories and some children can recognise songs that were played to them while in the womb for up to the first year of their lives!

    Play Healthy, Stay Healthy! 

     

     

  • 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!