St Albans

St Albans

Finalist “Best Children’s activity class” & “Best Party Venue” 2021 Little Ankle Biters Herts

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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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

 

LEAH

Administrator/Marketing Manager

Leah, a mum of two boys (5 and 3) lives in Exeter, Devon and is a qualified beautician.

Leah took a career break when raising her little ones and re-trained in marketing after realising she had spent a lot of time on social media throughout the years!

Leah’s newfound confidence encouraged her to study business at Exeter College with distinctions!

Leah enjoys spending time with her family and friends, catching up on soaps and trying out the local cuisines!

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.

 

 

 

 

JACK

Play & Music Teacher/ Party Leader

Having previously studied Drama, Psychology and English for A-levels at Dame Alice Owen’s school, Jack is now attending the University of West London in which he is further exploring his greatest passion, acting.

Jack’s passion extends beyond acting however, as he strive’s to improve the social development of children through drama. In the time between leaving Dame Alice Owen’s and starting drama school, Jack has returned to school in order to direct their winter shows, as well as starting a drama department at his primary school. Gymboree for Jack, is a new and exciting way of preparing the young minds of today for the world ahead; Jack is looking forward to taking that journey with them!

 

 

 

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.

Please click here to read more about the course: IAIM Massage Brochure Gymboree Play & Music St Albans

Course dates: TBC, please contact us now to go on the interest list! 

 

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!

 

DROP-OFF THEATRE ARTS (3 – 6 years)

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We are pleased to offer Drop off Theatre Arts Workshops this SUMMER for children aged 3 to 6 years.

Our 4-day workshops, based on a chosen theme, help develop confidence, self-expression, concentration and interaction with others by using Drama, Music, Art and Dancing.

Plus, you get to enjoy watching your child in a short performance at the end of the week!

Tuesday 3rd – Friday 6th August: Dear Zoo

Tuesday 9.15 Wednesday 12.30 Thursday 12.30 Friday 10.30

Monday 9th – Thursday 12th August: ZOG

Monday 3.00 Tuesday 9.15 Wednesday 12.30 Thursday 12.30

Tuesday 17th – Friday 20th August:  3 Little Pigs

Tuesday 9.15 Wednesday 12.30 Thursday 12.30 Friday 10.30

In both Key Stages 1 and 2 of the UK Schools’ National Curriculum, music, dance and drama are seen as a way to develop control, coordination, poise, expression of feelings, expression of moods, expression of ideas and response to music. Our Drop-Off Theatre Arts programme develops all of these important skills and in doing so promotes independence and school readiness.

4 -day workshop costs just £65 (£85 for twins/siblings)

Places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis.

For more information or to book your place email stalbans@gymboreeclasses.co.uk or call 01727 831 551

FAQ:

How long does each class last?

Each class is one hour-fifteen minutes long and the course lasts for 4 days.

What’s included in the price?

Each class offers Create, Play and Sing & Learn – We also provide water for each child as well as free play and visits to Gymbo’s Garden! All creations made on-site will be taken home and a certificate and balloon will be presented after their final performance.

What should my little one wear?

Anything they are comfortable in. Please note we will also be using paint and other materials during the sessions so please dress appropriately. Little ones will be asked to take their shoes and socks off.

How long does the show last and can more than one person come to watch it?

Our performance’s last around 15/20 minutes. We only have limited seating so can offer up to 2 seats per child.

Can I take photos?

With prior permission from other parents/carers of course you can.

We don’t know which themed week to choose?

Choose them all! – it really doesn’t matter too much, over the 4 days your little one will become extremely familiar with the theme even if they have never read the book before.

How do I book?

Drop us an email, give us a call or pop in to reserve your little one a space. The courses fill up quite quickly and spaces are limited!

 

 

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, baby shower or corporate entertainment!

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GYMBOREE PLAY & MUSIC ST ALBANS EVENTS

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  • Full STEAM Ahead with Mercat events

    3. September 2021

    At Gymboree Play & Music we’re celebrating Season 2 of Gabby’s Dollhouse now streaming on Netflix. After all, Gabby’s Dollhouse and Gymboree Play & Music are the purrfect match!

    Now it’s time for the second of our Gabby’s Dollhouse special events – Full STEAM Ahead with Mercat.

    These special events, running at Gymboree Play & Music centres across the UK, explore themes around music, growth mindset, imaginative play, and and introduction to STEAM*. Your child will enjoy an exclusive programme that includes music from the show, dancing and more!

    Full STEAM Ahead is suitable for mobile little ones aged up to 5 years old.  The events will feature exclusive original programming created by Gymboree Play & Music child development experts.  Through this partnership with DreamWorks, little ones will enjoy activities that will encourage them to use their imagination and bring the show to life.

    Ticket prices per child vary depending on location, but their grown up is free!

    Get in touch with your local centre now to find out more and book yourselves in.

    So come along to Gymboree Play & Music and join in the fun!

    *STEAM areas of education cover science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths.

  • Win the Ultimate Playroom Bundle with Gabby’s Dollhouse!

    10. August 2021

    To celebrate DreamWorks’ magical new series, Gabby’s Dollhouse, we’re giving you the chance to unbox the Ultimate Playroom Bundle!

    • Become top cupcake bakers like Gabby and Cakey Cat with your very own play kitchen!
    • Get down to kitty craft like Baby Box as you transform a cardboard playhouse with a set of paints, crayons, and more!
    • See how scientific you can be – like Mercat with a special science experiment kit!
    • Stay in the know like Kitty Fairy and catch all of your favourite entertainment, games, and books in one place with an amazing kid’s tablet!
    • And get settled for a bedtime story like Pillow Cat in your amazing teepee Snuzpod!
     

     

     

     

     

    This is the puurrrfect bundle of surprises to add some magic to your playroom, with Gabby’s Dollhouse!

    Hop over now to Instagram to get involved, you’ve got until midnight on 19th August to enter!

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    This prize draw is not associated in any way with Facebook or Instagram. The prize draw is open 10th -19th August, closing at midnight. One winner will win 1 x play kitchen, 1 x Teepee play tent, 1 x kids’ tablet, 1 x cardboard playhouse, 1 x paints, crayons, and brushes set, and 1 x science experiment kit.

    All prizes are subject to availability. In the event that any of the products listed are unavailable, alternative products of equal value will be provided; Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be extended delays to deliveries. We will endeavour to get products delivered to winners as quickly as possible. All elements of the prize are subject to availability; prize is non-refundable and non-transferable; no cash alternative is available. Prize may need to be signed for on delivery and it is the recipient’s responsibility to ensure that all items are present, correct and undamaged. The recipient may need to provide ID on delivery. It is the responsibility of the winner or the winner’s parent/guardian to provide the correct delivery information to Gymboree Play & Music. Items will be delivered to one address within mainland UK.  Prizes will be delivered within 28 days of confirming delivery address with prize provider (Element London Ltd).

  • Disco Party with DJ Catnip & Gabby

    3. August 2021

    At Gymboree Play & Music we’re celebrating Season 2 of Gabby’s Dollhouse which launches in the UK on Netflix on 10th August. After all, Gabby’s Dollhouse and Gymboree Play & Music are the purrfect match!

    Now it’s time for the first of our Gabby’s Dollhouse special events Disco Party with DJ Catnip & Gabby.

    These special events, running at Gymboree Play & Music centres across the UK, explore themes around music, growth mindset and imaginative play. Your child will enjoy an exclusive programme that includes music from the show, dancing and more!

    Disco Party is suitable for mobile little ones aged up to 5 years old.  The events will feature exclusive original programming created by Gymboree Play & Music child development experts.  Through this partnership with DreamWorks, little ones will enjoy activities that will encourage them to use their imagination and bring the show to life.

    Ticket prices per child vary depending on location, but their grown up is free!

    Get in touch with your local centre now to find out more and book yourselves in.

    So come along to Gymboree Play & Music and join in the fun!

     

  • Gymboree Play & Music and Gabby’s Dollhouse

    26. July 2021

    We’re delighted to be able to announce that we’re working with DreamWorks’ Gabby’s Dollhouse, now streaming on Netflix!

    With a little magic and a daily dolls house delivery, Gabby’s Dollhouse leads pre-schoolers room to room through a fantastical dolls house with mini-worlds, irresistible kitty characters, and delightfully quirky adventures.  It’s the ultimate in dolls house wish fulfilment, shrinking down and playing inside your own magical dolls house world.  Gabby is a positive and determined 11-year-old girl who embraces imperfection and turns mistakes into growth. Her best friend Pandy Paws is always by her side, ready for any adventure with a snack and a smile. Gabby and the other cats delight in play, craft, and dance, and discover new things every day!

    Gabby’s Dollhouse and Gymboree Play & Music are the purrfect match!  We’ve been fostering creativity and confidence in pre-schoolers for 45 years, incorporating imaginative play, music, and art into age appropriate classes.

    At Gymboree Play & Music we’re celebrating Season 2 of Gabby’s Dollhouse which launches in the UK on Netflix on 10th August.

    Many of our centres will be running special events, as well as offering Gabby’s Dollhouse themed birthday parties.  Furthermore we’ll be launching a massive prize draw across social media to win a huge themed prize!

    Watch this space for more information coming soon…

  • Back to Normal

    15. July 2021

    Now that restrictions are being lifted across the country from 19th July we will slowly move back to normal.

    We understand that some of you will still feel cautious.  We understand that others are sick of the restrictions and just want it to be like it was before.  However we pride ourselves on our centres being the safest places to play so will do our best to bring back the best of Gymboree Play & Music whilst still keeping you and our teams safe.  Please bear with us during these continued tricky times as we move back to normal.

    As a result, we’re removing any reference to Covid Policy and reverting back to our previous Play Policy, with a few minor tweaks.pic of girl on airlog

    • Adults wear socks, children barefoot
    • Stay within a hug’s reach of your child
    • It’s playtime! No calls or texts in class please.
    • Camera use with prior permission only.
    • Food and drinks are not allowed in class.
    • Temperature checks will stop.
    • No social distancing required in England, however in Scotland it’s reduced to 1m inside.
    • You no longer need to wear a face covering in England (they remain mandatory inside in Scotland), but of course you are welcome to if you want to.
    • We will still ask you and your little one to sanitise your hands at the beginning and end of your class.
    • We will take the register so we can continue to co-operate with NHS Test and Trace if we have a positive case.
    • We will continue with an increased cleaning regime, please make sure you put mouthed toys into the cleaning basket.
    • Some of the activities previously avoided will now be back – blowing bubbles, singing, etc.

    And most importantly of all, please continue to err on the side of caution and stay at home if your little one is unwell.  We offer a flexible make up policy so you won’t miss out on any classes.

    Our centres will be moving back to normal at their own pace, so please get in touch with your local centre if you have any questions or concerns.

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  • Please vote for us in the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2021!

    12. July 2021

    Voting is open for the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2021!

    What’s on 4 Kids Awards recognise and reward the most loved children’s activities in the UK, and have been doing so since 2006.  We’ve been nominated by you, our members, and that’s what makes these awards so special.

    It’s been such a difficult 12 months so it means a lot to be recognised by you, despite our centres being closed for so much of the year.  We launched Gymbo @ Home last March to offer you a version of our classes during Lockdown. This was a combination of short live-action and pre-recorded interactive videos delivered via closed Facebook Groups.  Do you remember Gymbo’s Big Tea Party, Gymbo on Holiday, Gymbo’s Sports Day, and our all-day extravaganza Gymbo Fest?!  We hope we managed to keep you just a little bit busy and entertained during those long sunny days!

    It was such a relief to be able to open again in autumn last year, and again in April.  We welcomed so many of you back to our centres, and so many new families who had missed out on the opportunity of learning and playing with other new parents and little ones.  Thank you for showing your support and filling our (smaller) classes when we opened.

    Amazingly, we’re nominated in 5 categories at the What’s On 4 Kids Awards:

    Please vote for us now!

    https://whatson4kids.co.uk/awards/vote

    Plus if that wasn’t enough excitement, if you’re a member of What’s On 4 Kids your vote will enter you into an amazing prize draw to win a family ticket to Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter!

  • New LEGO® drop off course!

    6. July 2021

    We are delighted to announce our new LEGO® drop off course for pre-schoolers 3 – 5 years old!

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    It’s a fun and active course about the importance of being part of a community, where we will discuss and build key social skills.  The course will encourage an early love for STEAM concepts of science, technology, engineering, art and maths, fostering a natural curiosity for how things work.

    Pre-schoolers will develop academic, social, and cognitive skills through building activities, role-playing and idea-sharing, as they complete each lesson.

    • Science & maths – learn basic building skills.
    • Independence – develop life-readiness skills.
    • Social skills – learn teamwork and group collaboration.

    The course is currently running at Kensington, Wimbledon and Hampstead, and will be available at Bristol and St Albans from September.  Contact them directly to book your space now!

     

     

  • 45 years of Gymboree Play & Music

    28. May 2021

    In a month where we’re celebrating 45 years, we feel it’s important now more than ever, to take a look back at just how far we’ve come.

    In the Beginning

    Long before Gymboree Play & Music was launched in 1976, Joan Barnes, in her early 20s, had taught modern dance to children in New York City before organising a children’s recreation programme for the Jewish Community Centre in California.

    She was serving as the recreation administrator at that centre when, in 1975, she came up with the notion of offering exercise classes for babies with their parents. The idea stemmed partly from her personal desire to share physical fitness playtime with her own daughter.

    Her baby exercise classes were such a hit that parents lined up to bring their babies and toddlers to attend the exercise sessions. Recognising the commercial potential of her idea, Barnes left her job with the Jewish Community Centre and opened her first commercial children’s workout centre in 1976.

    And thus Gymboree Play & Music was born.

    1980’s

    By 1984, 125 Gymboree franchises were operating in 20 US states. The franchises were typically operated by women, many of whom had training in occupational therapy or education. Classes were usually held in church halls and community buildings, and parents were charged only $4 to $8 per 45-minute session.

    Our early classes varied to accommodate children ranging from three months to four years in age. Typical sessions included the children hanging from bars to build up arm muscles, popping soap bubbles to develop eye-hand coordination, or walking on inflated logs to improve balance.

    By 1987, our chain had grown to include more than 350 centres throughout the United States and in several other countries. Aside from the rapid sales growth, it was all too evident that by the mid-to-late 80’s, Gymboree Play & Music had become an established and respected brand by parents around the world.

    1990’s

    Over the next 5 years, the Gymboree brand continued to build a global reputation by opening its first retail store in 1989.  We expanded our play centres into countries like Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Indonesia, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and Mexico before going public in 1993, pushing the brand further into the global spotlight. By the end of the 1990’s our Play & Music programs allowed master franchisees to open here in the United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, and Ireland.

    2000’s

    Throughout the early to mid 2000’s the Gymboree Play & Music brand underwent several changes, but ultimately thrived as parents around the world found resonance with its innovative approach to early childhood development, education and music.

    While the retail component of the business fluctuated, the demand for play based education continued to increase, allowing Gymboree Play & Music to become its own company in 2016.

    Today

    Today, after 45 years of our commitment to families and learning, Gymboree Play & Music has more than 700 locations globally that have supported the growth of hundreds of thousands of children around the world.

    If you are interested in learning more about our classes, and our franchise opportunities, please get in touch, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

  • New Play & Learn Classes!

    13. May 2021

    Over the next few months all our centres will be moving to new Play & Learn class groupings with improved lesson plans, just perfect for your little ones!

    Gymboree Play & Music’s new play classes are uniquely and intentionally designed around your child’s early development, which happens organically and differently for every child.  Because of this, Gymboree Play & Music’s new class groupings are not designed by age, but rather by milestone to give our parents more flexibility and the opportunity to choose the class that is right for their child!

    Babies: 0-8 months

    Where they are: Just getting comfortable being out of the house and beginning to explore!

    What to expect in class:  You’ll learn a variety of ways to play with your newest little bundle of joy.  Newborns 0-8 months are exposed to sensory play, songs, and the beginnings of social play.  Meet like-minded parents while our expert teachers lead you through nurturing exercises and activities that stimulate your baby’s brain development.

     

    Crawlers: 6-14 months

    Where they are: Crawling, cruising, rolling, sitting, ready to explore anything and everything.

    What to expect in class: We boogie down with our babies, give them baby massages, sing them songs, and explore new physical challenges every week through teacher-lead activities on the equipment.  Play as a group and socialise with others! Sing songs, learn a routine, and PLAY!

     

    Walkers: 10-18 months

    Where they are: Your little one is walking! They might not be steady, but they’ve taken their first few steps!

    What to expect in class: We’ll explore new physical challenges every week through teacher-lead activities, with a focus on different ways to use each piece of our equipment. Crawl through tunnels, explore different textures, slide down slides (or climb up slides!), toddle over bridges, or take a ride in a swing!  We’ll also practice social skills and memory building through singalongs and group play.

     

    Runners: 16-26 months

    Where they are: They’re on the move! Your little one is communicating, running, and showing interest in friends!

    What to expect in class: It’s all about opposites!  Loud and quiet, fast and slow, up and down! Contrasting themes help your child learn better ways to communicate. Learn how to control body movements and how to use the body to navigate and problem solve. We’ll also practice repetition and routine with regular parachute and bubble activities.

     

    Explorers: 22-28 months

    Where they are: Your little one is communicating, sharing opinions and showing interest in their first friends!

    What to expect in class: We’ll use creativity and imagination in all activities. Throw a pretend party, imagine a wild trip to outer space, or pretend to be an ant in a bug’s world… we’ll transform our playscape into a whole new world!

     

    Explorers Plus: 28 months – 3 years

    Where they are: Jumping, climbing, crawling, and dancing!

    What to expect in class: Our play floor comes to life with a live construction site, dinosaur adventures, jungle fun, and even a trip to the fire station!  We’ll be improving balance and co-ordination skills along with building strong muscles and bones.

     

    Explorers Advanced: 3-5 years

    Where they are: They’re learning to play independently and as a team.

    What to expect in class: Lots of co-operative games and imaginary adventures designed to build self confidence and promote the important personal and social skills needed for a successful transition into school.

     

    Family Class: 6 months – 5 years

    Where they are: Crawling, walking, running, or exploring! Everyone is welcome! Participating in a diverse class of physical, social, and cognitive developmental skills creates a dynamic class, where younger children benefit from watching older children and older children benefit from being leaders. Great for siblings too!

    What to expect in class: More adventures come to life through imaginary play in this multi-age play class. A perfect opportunity for siblings to experience class together, or for children to practise more diverse social skills like leadership and peer modelling.

    Find out more about our other programmes including music, art, school readiness, and more.

     

  • National Weaning Weak

    7. May 2021
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    One minute you’re in the delivery room and the next, before you know it, your little terror is reaching for your dinner plate. When did that happen? Well, don’t panic! Our friends at Piccolo have put together a list of the best kit that you can get while weaning, which will help to make your journey as easy and enjoyable as possible.   They’re also offering you 45% off their Ultimate Starter Weaning Bundle if you’re quick!

    Making the switch to solid foods will be an adventure and probably a pretty messy one. You’ve now got a little food critic on your hands who when they love something, they’ll really love it, and when they don’t, they’re probably going to fling it across the room.

    Just know this — perseverance is key. When they’re finally enjoying your healthy home-cooked grub, it feels just like getting Greg’s approval on Masterchef, we promise. So, as you start prepping for weaning, here are the things that can help you to get set up.

    • Tupperware

    For those of you who haven’t fully discovered the joys of tupperware, these will take your organisation skills through the roof. These plastic containers are, without question, ware it’s at…hoho! Sorry about that.

    From snacks on-the-go, to leftover storage, to freezing your extra batches of delicious baby food. Tupperware are a great help all round.

    Just remember not to de-frost and freeze again.

    • Food Processor or hand blender

    If you’re planning on flexing your culinary skills in the kitchen and blending your own baby food,  you’re going to need a food processor. The good news is that they can be used for almost anything, from making sauces, soups, dips, smoothies, and even ice-creams – so you can whizz up your own lunch as well as your little one’s!

    As long as it purees it’s perfect.

    • Wipes or muslins                                            

    Muslins and wipes are a parent’s best friend. But, of course, you already know that ;)

    • High Chair                      

    Your baby is going to need to sit somewhere to eat and your knee isn’t always going to be free. Plus, if you are already weaning your baby, they should already be able to sit up all by themselves.

    High chairs make life a lot easier, allowing your baby to be safe and secure when they explore their food.

    An added bonus is that your little one can eat at the table with their family and start learning about food culture, or ignore everyone and just throw some food around.

    • Mess Mats and Table Mats

    There’s going to be mess, let’s not pretend there isn’t going to be. So, unless your favourite hobby is mopping up food debris (we know ours isn’t), then you may want to look into putting a messy mat or splash mat, or even just some newspaper, under their highchair.

    This’ll make the clean up after meal times a lot easier and pain-free.

    FYI, as a bonus, if you do get one of these mats, it’ll be invaluable for painting, water play, and any other messy baby activities. Easy to wipe down and no curious stains on the carpet. Win-win!

    • Bibs and Coveralls

    Now that you are weaning, the food no longer goes straight from bottle-to-mouth. This means it has the potential to go absolutely everywhere. Welcome to a whole new world of mess.

    You’ll probably need to step it up from the towelled bibs and muslins you’ve been using. Opt for an easy-wipe latex or silicone bib with a pouch at the front to catch those wayward mouthfuls.

    We also recommend sleeved bibs or coverall bibs because they have more surface area to catch any flying food and have a pouch to catch any crumbs.

    • Bowls, plates & spoons                        

    Metal forks and spoons could hurt your baby’s mouth. And your nice plates? They’re best saved for those dinner parties you’ll have… once you find the time.

    Plastic crockery is soft on your baby’s gums, won’t shatter into a million pieces when dropped and doesn’t retain heat, making it the perfect material for baby bowls, plates & spoons. Get them used to eating with durable ‘if it gets thrown across the room, it will not break’ cutlery and tableware. Bamboo or silicone are also perf materials for crockery used for that kind of activity.

    Piccolo have recently launched an exclusive weaning bundle that will get you started on this adventure and for this week only you can enjoy 45% OFF!

    Get your Piccolo Ultimate Starter Weaning Bundle here!

 

 

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