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“BEST PRE-SCHOOL CLASS”  2019

“BEST PARTY VENUE”  2019

“BEST FOR CREATIVE FUN”  2019

“YOUNG WOMAN IN FRANCHISING OF THE YEAR”  2018

“BEST KID’S CLUB, GROUP OR CLASS”  2017

“BEST TOY” 2016, 2015

 “BEST NATIONAL PRE-SCHOOLER DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY” 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009.

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! We have a full timetable of Classes and Open Gyms (free-play), with varied options so that you and your little one can make us part of your busy schedule.

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 2019

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

PARTY OFFER

To celebrate our success at the Raring2go! awards (Winner “Best pre-school class” & Finalist “Best Party Venue”)

We are offering 20% off all party packages*

*T&Cs

Offer ends on 31st December 2019

Party can be for anytime in 2020 only

Non-refundable deposit required to secure the date

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Gymboree St Albans staff member

STEPH

Franchisee

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

Steph 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“.

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

Rachel

RACHEL

Head Teacher

Rachel is a classically trained musician (having learnt flute from a young age and later on piano).

She went on to study Musical Theatre at Edge Hill University, later realising she could combine her love of music with working with children and adults to help them discover the joys of music too.

From the age of 14 Rachel volunteered with local Rainbow and Brownie units so she could experience what it was like to run sessions for children, and is working on expanding her knowledge to include even younger years too.

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.

CATHERINE

Play & Music Teacher/ Party Leader

Catherine is studying for a Masters in Music Therapy with Nordoff Robbins.

When she is not at Gymboree Play & Music St Albans, Catherine works in a primary school as a music therapist – Catherine plays Violin, Piano and loves to sing.

Catherine loves working with children, and helped set up a Mother & Toddler group in her local community in Enfield.

She is thrilled to have recently become an auntie and loves to dote on her little niece, Evie.

JEMIMA

Play & Music Teacher/ Party Leader

Jemima has always had a passion for working with children and has been involved with a Theatre group for 7 years.

Jemima is still studying and wants to work with the early years making this the perfect place for her to expand her knowledge and love for teaching.

Gymboree Play & Music St Albans is the perfect place for Jemima to grow into the teacher she hopes to be in the future.

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!

Check out this great blog on our Sensory Baby Play classes by Mama says… Gymboree “Our Favourite class”

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 – 1 year)

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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.

Next course

Friday 1st November – Friday 29th November 2019

2pm-3pm

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

NEW CLASS ALERT

Wednesday 2:30pm

Please note this class starts on 30th October, book your FREE trial today!

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!

MULTI-LEVEL CLASSES

playing with scarvesBring all your children to the same class and enjoy fun learning activities created for groups of siblings and friends. With classes devoted to supporting multi-aged learning, children 0-5 years are encouraged to socially interact and learn from each other. Activities provide fun new challenges for every developmental stage.

We offer Multi-Level classes in:

Play & Learn

Sing & Learn

Create & Learn

RELAXED PLAY & LEARN (suitable for children with additional needs)

An environment that may be overwhelming for some is completely transformed into a sensory haven for little ones where they are free to Play & Learn.

During the class your little one will develop their physical, cognitive and social-emotional skills through the use of bubbles, parachute time, singing, dancing and use of our bespoke equipment. Our Gymboree Play & Music teachers will support both you and your little one during the class – Lights off or dimmed, music lowered and the whole class will be taken at a quieter and slower pace to ensure comfort for all.

Classes are designed for children aged 0-5 years. Each class is suitable for children of any physical or cognitive ability. Gymboree Play & Music St Albans asks that adults/carers are within arm’s reach of children at all times during the class.

For more information, please click here: RELAXED Play & Learn (SEN Sessions) Information Booklet

 

PARTIES

At Gymboree Play & Music St Albans, no two children – or Gymboree Play & Music parties are exactly the same. Allow us to turn your child’s passion into an unforgettable birthday party guaranteed to be a celebration of fun. Let us know your child’s favourite games, songs and activities and we’ll create a custom made party you can call your own.

Guaranteed to be 100% fun with zero clean up!

Choose from a wide range of parties here: Gymboree Play & Music St Albans Party Brochure

Gymboree Play & Music parties are also suitable for those looking for wedding, christening or corporate entertainment!

PARTY OFFER

To celebrate our success at the Raring2go! awards (Winner “Best pre-school class” & Finalist “Best Party Venue”)

We are offering 20% off all party packages*

*T&Cs

Offer ends on 31st December 2019

Party can be for anytime in 2020 only

Non-refundable deposit required to secure the date

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GYMBOREE PLAY & MUSIC ST ALBANS EVENTS

Let’s Talk about…Sleep!

Let’s Talk about Sleep is back at Gymboree Play & Music St Albans on Friday 25th October!

The numbers will be strictly limited so that you have the chance to ask as many questions as you like!

You are welcome to bring your little ones along – This seminar is suitable for kids from 0- 6 years.

Tickets are just £19.99 and can be booked through Eventbrite.

GYMBO-WEEN PARTY

Calling all our cool cats, cheeky witches and gruesome ghosts…Join us on Thursday 31st October from 4:30-5:30 to celebrate all things Gymbo-ween!

Buy your tickets now: Gymbo-Ween Tickets

*Please note all money raised will go to our partnered charity the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity*

DRESSING UP ADVISED (prizes for best dressed, including adults)

Please note our Gymbo-Ween party is open to both members and non-members so invite your friends!

  • “What if my baby falls asleep during class?”

    22. October 2019

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

    “What if my baby falls asleep during class?”

    🙋🏼‍♀️ Answer = With many babies attending from just a few weeks old, this naturally happens. However please don’t worry that they aren’t learning from the activities, they still process 60% of their surroundings whilst asleep! 🎉

    👂🏻 They will hear the different types of music we play, helping communicate thoughts and emotions in ways that no other stimulus can.

    🎶 Music can also help with pain and stress management. It also contributes unequivocally to the positive brain development. Babies can feel the different textures we offer each week, which also stimulates new brain cell connections. 🧠

    🙌🏻The flip side is that you will learn developmental information for the coming months and tips for sensory play at home. Social interactions are also vitally important for your health too!! 👫

    So please never worry! 😴👶🏻

  • WINNER “Best pre-school class” 2019

    18. October 2019

    WE DID IT!

    Winner “Best Pre-School Class”

    Finalist “Best Party Venue”

    Thank you to everyone who voted for us, we are thrilled!

    Don’t forget, if you haven’t booked a free trial with us yet – do it now!

    To celebrate our success, we are offering 20% off all party packages*

    *T&Cs

    Offer ends on 31st December 2019

    Party can be for anytime in 2020 only

    Non-refundable deposit required to secure the date

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you 😍

  • Raring2go! Awards 2019

    24. September 2019

    WE MADE THE FINALS!

    We are so excited to tell you that we made the final three in TWO categories!

    Best Pre-school club or class” and “Best Party Place

    We would like to thank all of you who nominated us and would love for you to vote for us to win!

    Voting closes on 30th September and winners will be announced at an award ceremony on Wednesday 16th October

    WISH US LUCK! 

    Click here to vote

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    50% off first month

    50% off first month

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

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

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

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

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

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

    What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019 finalists announced!

    Thank you to everyone who voted for #gymboreeplayandmusic 😘

  • Come along to Playday 2019!

    Come along to Playday 2019!25. July 2019

    On Wednesday 7th August it’s Playday, the UK’s national day celebrating play, and this year’s theme is Play Builds Children.  At Gymboree Play & Music we know all about the benefits of play, for over 40 years we have been sparking a love of learning with millions of families around the world, with research-based play programmes designed by experts. 

    Play is critical to your child’s brain development, as well as their social and physical growth. That’s why our play programs are researched, tested and expertly executed.  

    Furthermore, our custom, innovative equipment is designed for your little one to try, learn, play, fall, and try again! We reconfigure our modular proprietary playscapes every two weeks, consistently creating new experiences and challenges. Your child is always learning in a ridiculously fun, incredibly inviting and super safe environment because of our ever-changing environment and challenging activities!

    To celebrate Playday 2019 we’re going back to the 90’s and creating our very own Gymboree Play & Music’s Fun House!  We’ll be running special Playday events with loads of music you recognise from the 90s and lots of fun play. We’d love it if your little ones (and you?!) come dressed as your favourite 90’s idol. Think Spice Girls, Telly Tubbies, Mr Motivator, Take That… above all, anything goes! 

    Get in touch with your local branch to find out more.

    (Participating sites only)

    Playday 2019

    Playday 2019, the UK’s national day of play

  • Piccolo’s new look and new launches!

    Piccolo’s new look and new launches!28. May 2019

    Continuing their mission of making 100% organic, balanced and nutritious food inspired by the Mediterranean, Piccolo’s new products are designed with busy families in mind.

    The stylish new pouch packaging design launching this month accentuates the ingredients within and clearly communicates the brand’s ethos of helping families enjoy life’s adventures to the full. The ingredients, dietary information and nutritionals are even more clearly labelled and the new packs are the first UK baby food to include a QR code, linking through to more detailed information on the Piccolo website – so parents can find out exactly where those delicious, organic ingredients come from.

    But that’s not all; Piccolo are also launching several new ranges – including a new cooking at home range featuring stock cubes and stir-in sauces, specially developed for little ones. They are low in sugar and salt, and the stir in sauces are one of your babys’ 5 a day; meaning one less thing to worry about.

    That’s not all – there’s also snacks – Piccolo’s new snacking range includes Italian inspired breadsticks and tasty teething wafer Squares handily packed in on-the-go packets.  

    Cat Gazzoli, founder of Piccolo says: “At Piccolo we are always looking at new ways to help families enjoy nutritious meals and snacks without the worry or hassle. Our new pouch meals, healthy snacks and cooking range aim to take away the stress of finding food that’s delicious and convenient for cooking at home or when you are on the go – leaving you with more time for what really matters.”

    “With balance and variety absolutely key to babies’ health and development, we’re excited to offer growing families an even wider range of ingredients, flavours and textures for their little ones to try developed by our in house infant nutritional therapist Alice Fotheringham.”

    picture of Piccolo's new design pouches

    Piccolo’s new design pouches

  • Children’s Activities Week 13-17 May 2019

    Children’s Activities Week 13-17 May 20198. May 2019

    Once again the Children’s Activities Association is working together with Caudwell Children’s charity on Children’s Activities Week to promote the crucial benefits of children’s activities, clubs and classes; as well as raise funds for both organisations. Caudwell Children transform the lives of children with autism throughout the UK by acting as a safety net for families who are unable to gain the help they need. An estimated 2.5 million people are directly affected by autism every day in the UK.

    Gymboree Play & Music members will be seeing how many bubbles they can catch in 1 minute to raise funds and win prizes!

    With your help we can provide the support children need to reach their full potential, please donate anything you can.  Thank you ❤

    https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GymboreePlayandMusicUK

    #CAW2019

    #WatchMeFly

    Gymboree teacher playing bubbles

    Join our sponsored bubble catch to raise money for Caudwell Children

     

  • 50% off in our Spring Sale, 29th April – 3rd May!

    25. April 2019

    Now that spring is well and truly here (sunshine one minute, rain the next) why not join Gymboree Play & Music!

    Because we all know you can’t rely on the British weather, we’ve a very special offer to ensure you always have that indoor option for playtime with your little ones.  All next week we’re giving new members a huge 50% discount off their first month’s membership*.

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

    • we’ve been around for over 40 years
    • there are branches in over 40 countries
    • classes are for babies and children from newborn to age 5
    • our customers love us – check out our 4.78/5 and 96% rating on Reviews.co.uk
    • from sensory stimulation to problem solving games and storytelling, our classes use play-based activities to stretch body and mind.

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

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

    This offer ends at close of business on Friday 3rd May so get in touch soon!

    50% off first month

    50% off first month

    *T&Cs apply. Sale opens 29th April 2019. Participating sites only, valid for new customers only, subject to availability, not valid in conjunction with any other offer, minimum spend may apply.