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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 2020

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

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 17th January – Friday 14th February 2020

2-3pm

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

 

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, baby shower 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

CHRISTMAS CLOSURE

Wednesday 25th – Friday 27th December 2019

Wednesday 1st January 2020

  • The Gift of Play!

    3. December 2019

    By 2050, the plastic in our landfills will reach 12 billion metric tons. This plastic inevitably ends up in our environment; either by leaching chemicals into our soil or our oceans. As a society we have moved away from the ‘make do and mend’ era and into a more consumerist extreme; ‘use once and throw away’.

    90% of the toys that are manufactured each year are made from plastic because it is cheap to produce and lightweight.  Even toys that aren’t made primarily from plastic are packaged in a multitude of single use plastic packaging, which once used for its initial purpose (housing the product) usually cannot be recycled or re-purposed for anything else. Since manufacturers have moved away from responsibly and ethically creating new toys, the responsibility has fallen onto the consumer. But what can we do if we don’t want our little ones to miss out?

    Buy an experience! Experiences can offer so much more that a plastic present: they allow us to build intellect, will, imagination, memory and perception.  They create lasting memories of positive experiences and strengthen the bond between you and your little one. In addition they improve your little one’s physical capability as they can develop their fine and gross motor skills through climbing, sliding, crawling and singing (your vocal chords are a muscle too!).

    An experience like the Gift of Play here at Gymboree Play & Music could help fast track their development by stimulating them through play. In our classes you will also be building your little one’s social life (and yours!) as they make new friends and bond with their classmates week after week. By learning through play and building lasting memories together you will be strengthening your bond with each other and fostering their learning in a safe and fun environment. With our unlimited open gyms, you can practice outside of classes as well; watching them grow and progress week by week.

    Finally, if you are a grandparent looking for an environment that’s fun, safe and educational and somewhere you can bond with your grand-children, then The Gift of Play is perfect for you too!

    Buy your little one the Gift of Play with a Gymboree Play & Music gift voucher!

    Written by Aslihan Gulen, Play & Music Teacher at Gymboree Play & Music St Albans.

     

  • Why do toddlers become Fussy Eaters?

    27. November 2019

    Written by Jacqueline, a Children’s Occupational Therapist and Principal of Magnificent Munchers, Therapy for Fussy Eaters.

    As parents the first thing we often do is blame ourselves for things that we think are not quite right and involve our children. However, it is very unlikely that a parent has caused their child to become a fussy eater.

    When toddlers are around 18 -24 months, they become more independent and inquisitive about their environment. They are moving around more freely and exploring their world. We have evolved as humans to have some built in mechanisms to help protect us from harm at this stage of development. One of them is not to eat food which doesn’t look familiar. We don’t want to be eating everything we see and certainly not picking up and eating plants which may be poisonous, so nature has inbuilt a system to protect us from harm.

    The Neophobic Stage

    This stage of being wary of changes in food is called the Neophobia stage. During this normal stage of development tots become weary of new and different foods.

    During the Neophobic stage my son would refuse biscuits if they were broken; no matter how much I tried to convince him it was the same biscuit. I tried telling him he was lucky as the broken biscuit meant he now had 2 biscuits, one for each hand but he would refuse to eat the broken biscuit! It didn’t look like his “picture” of a biscuit and therefore he didn’t recognise it as a biscuit.

    The Neophobia stage is not the first time we become wary of change. At around 9 months babies suddenly become upset when passed to a stranger or may even refuse to go to familiar adults if something about them has changed e.g. a favourite uncle as he has grown a beard. They cry and become clingy because they are fearful of the change. The child is not being naughty they are learning to be wary of change. This is the same for food.

    Often the food which is refused the most is those with a mixed texture and homemade dishes which can be incredibly frustrating. When you mix foods together or make them from scratch they are very rarely going to look exactly the same each time they are presented. Don’t worry this doesn’t mean you have to offer pre made food!

    Some children have a more neophobic response than others just like adults; some will eat any food they are faced with and some will be hesitant to try new foods.

     

    Exploring New Food

    As adults, when presented with a new and unfamiliar food it is seldom we eat it straight away. We tend to look at it and try to categorise it with a food we already know drawing on all our knowledge of foods that we are familiar with. The bigger our range of food knowledge the better stocked our food knowledge “library” is. We are likely to prod the new food with our cutlery and might pick it up and look at it from different angles. We might smell it, cut it and explore the inside. If we are feeling brave, we may give it a little lick. We do this all at our own pace and are more likely to eat it if we see others eat it as we know it is safe.

    Toddlers don’t have the experience we have as adults so their understanding of food is limited which is why changes in food can be distressing for them. They are unable to generalise their food knowledge at this stage e.g. crumpets, croissants, waffles may all be different types of breads to adults but to a toddler bread may be a specific colour and type e.g.sliced white bread.

    Allowing your child to play with their foods enables them to become familiar with all aspects of the food; the look, feel, smell and taste. They can use all their senses to explore the food and get to know the detail of it. Through playing and becoming more familiar they will feel safer with the food and are then more likely to eat it.

    What you can do to help Your Fussy Eater Toddler

    Remember this is a normal stage of development so don’t panic!

    Follow these top tips:

    • Let them get messy with food
    • Give new foods separately, don’t overload the plate
    • Eat with your child and show them the food is safe to eat
    • Let them taste food off your plate
    • Show positive body language when offering new food (smile)!
    • Encourage your child to eat with other children
    • Encourage your child to play with their food so they learn the details of it.
    • Establish good eating routines
    • Never hide new food in favourite foods this may put them off their favourite food
    • Don’t bribe
    • Offer a new food several times over days/weeks.
    • Look at your child’s food intake over a week not meal by meal

    When to seek help:

    If your child displays some of the following, then seeking further advice would be beneficial:

    Becomes very upset or anxious at meal times

    Becomes very distressed when messy especially around hands and face

    Only eats a limited amount of textures

    Appears very distressed by smells of food

    Turns their head or blocks their mouths when a new food is seen or offered

    Accepted foods are decreasing

    At Magnificent Munchers we believe in early intervention so children can learn to enjoy a range of foods and have enjoyable sensory experiences with food. Our Mini Munchers food therapy programme is aimed at 2-4-year old’s and provides parents with weekly tips to use at mealtimes at home. The hands-on sessions encourage lots of food exploration with toddlers using all their senses.

    Mini Munchers Food Therapy

  • Children in Need at your local Gymboree Play & Music!

    12. November 2019

    It’s not long until Children in Need this Friday and we are proud to say that many of our branches are taking part throughout the week to raise money for their amazing good causes.

    Children in Need want every child in the UK to have a childhood which is safe, happy, secure, and allows them the chance to reach their potential.  They provide grants to over 3000 local charities and projects all around the UK which focus on children who are disadvantaged.

    We at so lucky at Gymboree Play & Music to be able to enhance little ones’ lives through play, and see the joy on their faces when they spend quality time with their parents and carers.  These opportunities are sadly not accessible for everyone, therefore we are asking you, our members, to donate whatever you can to this amazing charity!

    We wanted to have as much fun as possible whilst raising money so we will be throwing a pyjama party at many of our branches across the UK this week.  So you can come dressed in your PJs, bring your little ones in their pyjamas, and you’ll even find some of us in ours!

    Check out what your local branch is doing and get involved, or just feel free to donate if you can’t make it to one of our special events 🙏😍

    Children in Need at Gymboree Play & Music

    Children in Need at Gymboree Play & Music

     

  • Gift vouchers – Give the gift of play week after week!

    29. October 2019

    Are you wondering what to give as a gift to a new parent, child or grandchild?

    Are you keen to give a greener, ethical gift, and reduce the amount of single use plastics in the world?

    Why not give Gymboree Play & Music gift vouchers which can be used towards any of our classes or parties at any of our sites across the UK?

    £50 Gymboree Play & Music gift voucher

    £50 Gymboree Play & Music gift voucher

    In our classes we use a unique and impressive combination of music, movement, props, imaginary play and custom-designed and patented apparatus, all to create a fun and magical world where children learn, thrive and most importantly have fun.

    Our gift vouchers are available in various denominations allowing you to cover the cost of classes for one or more months, or even to pay for a birthday party at your local Gymboree Play & Music.

    Buy Gymboree Play & Music gift vouchers today to give the gift of play, week after week!

    Buy now!

     

     

     

     

  • “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 😘