About us

The GymbaROO program is designed to guide and educate parents in providing their children with sensory stimulation and motor development activities within a fun and supportive environment.

At GymbaROO Lane Cove & Greenwich, our classes teach parents how to involve their babies (infants and toddlers) in activities that will provide them with a solid foundation in development and learning. These are everyday activities that have been lost in our busy schedules... activities that you can take home with you and integrate back into your daily experience with your little one.

GymbaROO offers a structured, strategic ‘Parent Education Program’, supporting your ‘whole new life’ when baby arrives.

The activities at GymbaROO are not designed to speed up development, but to ensure that each baby/child gains full benefit from each developmental stage.

For the human cortical brain to read, understand the spoken language, follow and sequence information, walk, run, talk, write and spell, we are dependent on a good foundation at the brain stem level.


Toddler Kindy GymbaROO’s adventures with development and learning began 30 years ago, when Margaret Sassè co-founded ANSUA, (A New Start For the Under Achiever) in Melbourne.

The work of ANSUA focused on helping children who were struggling with learning at school.

Ten years into working as the Director of ANSUA, Margaret Sassè had insights that the problems these children were facing could be picked up and corrected in the early years. Margaret had the foresight to realise that if her program could help under-achievers, it could also bring great benefit and solid foundations to every child.

Margaret Sassè was the pioneering implementer of the natural development process, through which natural brain development could be directly related to naturally repeating physiological activity. Margaret identified that children who missed out stages that occurred in the 0-5 year age timeframe (or spent minimal time in those stages), and who later experienced reading and learning difficulties, could be recovered by repeating the missed stages. Her work was so successful with children with reading and learning difficulties, from primary to secondary school ages, that she taught others to emulate her methodologies.

She then decided that she should address the core issues, rather than continuing to address the symptoms. The core issue being that modern life means that many parents are not aware of the natural developmental stages their babies need to pass through to maximize their learning potential, from birth to five years old. Thus GymbaROO was born, with three objectives in mind:

  • Our main objective is parent education
  • Our secondary objective is to provide a highly specific physiologically stimulating environment to aid your infant or toddler's physiological development
  • And our third objective is for it to be an enjoyable experience - for the parents and the children.

GymbaROO has received international recognition by a world authority Professor Frances Glascoe, who has also come on board as a GymbaROO Patron. GymbaROO continues to gather acceptance, and more centres continue to open - both locally and internationally. GymbaRoo entered its 30th year, in 2013, and Dr Jane Williams, Margaret’s daughter, continues to increase her profile and prominence in GymbaROO’s area of expertise excellence.

GymbaROO is constantly broadening its research base, and improving its infant and toddler activity program to remain at the forefront of the health and education system.


Dr Jane Williams, Director, Research and Professional Development GymbaROO, continues in Margaret's footsteps.

We recommend taking a look at the book The Genius of Natural Childhood – Secrets of Thriving Children by Sally Goddard Blythe MSc., the International Director of The Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology in Chester.

In her book "Sally Goddard Blythe draws on neuroscience to unpack the wisdom inherent in lullabies, nursery, rhymes and fairy stories. She explains why movement experience in the early years is essential for healthy child development and why music helps to develop and enhance language. Dr Jane Williams, Director of Toddler Kindy GymbaROO in Australia provides a starter pack of games and activities which parents can do with their children. The final chapter provides a series of check lists of signs to look out for in children who may need additional help in getting ”ready” for school.

According to statistics from the USA: 30% of children will enter kindergarten developmentally delayed; 30% of children are obese; 20% of children require special education assistance; infants watch 2.5 hours per day of TV and toddlers watch 4.5 hours per day TV; Elementary children use 8 hours per day of combined technologies and in the UK 40% of parents admit they have never read to their child." Reference, www.sallygoddardblythe.co.uk

Come along to GymbaROO Lane Cove / Greenwich to ensure that your child builds the best platform to reach their very best potential.

Tel: 0431 403 195


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