GymbaROO Program

BabyROO and GymbaROO programs are $240 inclusive of insurance per term.

Sessions run for 45 minutes, once a week over the course of a ten week term.

Each class is facilitated by a qualified teacher and qualified assistant (the assistant is also a qualified teacher).

The GymbaROO program offers activities that encourage and promote your baby and toddlers natural developmental movement patterns. From the beginning of time babies from birth, without intervention, have moved in the same natural pattern. Through modern day conveniences, such as baby bounces and walkers, babies are less exposed to nature's intended opportunities to move naturally. With interventions such as the capsule and contoured prams (prams that are v-shaped restrict movement verses flat bed prams), baby's movement opportunities are more prohibited. Balancing your modern day conveniences with ample opportunity for your baby to move naturally, will allow your baby to grow and develop through their natural movement patterns. We show you how at GymbaROO.

Progressing naturally through natural movement patterns helps build strength and muscle tone, which facilitates the next developmental stage. Each stage builds the foundation for the next stage. During the movement patterns of each developmental stage, neural pathways are stimulated by this movement ,therefore facilitating appropriate brain development.

Non mobile

Duration : 45 mins

Class begins with 15min in the gym where we encourange 2-3 sessions on our swings, rollers and slides. This class caters newborn babies from 6 weeks of age until they begin to roll over frequently & sit up. The sessions will provide your baby with the important sensory-motor stimulation required for learning, which they might not normally receive during the course of a normal day. You will enjoy quality time with your baby and learn how to provide activities to help them learn about themselves and their world. These activities offer plenty of tummy time and sensory stimulation (auditory, visual and vestibular). You will learn different massage techniques, gentle movements and dances. You will learn how to develop your baby's strength and flexibility. And our parachute activities stimulate your infant’s vision, orientation and spatial awareness, and it is lots of fun for the parents too!

Pre-Crawlers

Duration : 45 mins

Caters to babies who are already rolling or commando crawling (i.e. moving forward on tummy) and/or sitting up. Now that your baby has good head control on their tummies we can focus on providing further sensory-motor stimulation. These activities offer plenty of tummy/movement time and sensory stimulation. You will learn how to develop your baby's strength and flexibility. Our BabyROO equipment is also introduced to provide further opportunities for cognitive stimulation & to build strength. BabyROO provides a wide range of songs, rhymes and poems that accompany our exercises. So the exercises increase your child's muscle strength and posture, and the rhymes increase their vocabulary as well. Listening to music also develops effective listening skills. Our treasure bag is also introduced at this stage (and flash cards) which encourage your infant to adjust their vision, to focus their attention, and learn about their world.

Mobile Babies

Duration : 45 mins

This program caters to those babies who are on their hands and knees (creeping), standing and cruising. The babies who use other means such as a 'bottom shuffle' would benefit from this program. Now your babies are REALLY on the move! Mat time activities are at a quicker pace with lots of action. The massage activities are considerably shorter and as they begin to sit themselves their hands are free to begin clapping, and waving to the familiar hello and goodbye songs. Mat activities challenge them to focus and concentrate more readily, to hold small equipment (eg. bells) and join in with music time. They will negotiate obstacle courses of tunnels, ramps and ladders. Developing strength and balance with their constant crawling and up and down. Remember, crawling is a vital stage in your child’s development providing hours of visual experience for future learning. It is not how quickly they move past this stage, but how much they learn during it, that is important. 400 hours of crawling is optimal for your babies developing brain.They will negotiate obstacle courses of tunnels, ramps and ladders. Developing strength and balance with their constant crawling and up and down.

Walking - 18months 

Duration : 45 mins

Once your little one is walking, they look much like a penguin waddling on their stiff legs so they take part in our Penguins program! There is a vast difference between the baby and toddler classes. Here they will be practising their newfound walking skills. They will be clapping and jumping, dancing and exercising all in the standing position and there will be little ones everywhere! The program also encompasses a fine-motor component, where they will be exposed to activities such as throwing, catching and hitting balls, balloons, catching bubbles and beanbags. Your child will start taking a more participative role in the class as they can start to understand simple tasks and instructions. We will also be doing exercises with slow music allowing them time to learn how to move and control their limbs. An example exercise for balance: are our “Tick-Tocks”, stepping side to side, holding parents fingers. It all starts the foundation for strong gross motor and coordination skills.

18month - 2 years

Duration : 45 mins

Your little one isn't brand new to walking anymore. He/She displays more confidence on their feet. Arms are generally down by their side rather than spread out for balance. They could be running and climbing now.
The beauty of the mixed level programs is that you can witness the full range of development through the toddler phase. As a walking toddler, your little one will follow the lead of the more confident runners and climbers in the class. While the runners and climbers will continue to master their abilities, building confidence and feeling proud to be setting an example. We really encourage mastery of skills, as a child's self esteem is very much enhanced when they go beyond just 'checking the box', they achieve a skill and gain confidence in practising it everyday. These are the solid foundations that we speak of.

Your child will have an intrinsic awareness of what he/she needs in terms of motor development - you may find yourself on the same ladder or slide in a playground full of exciting equipment, but it's the same old ladder or slide that draws your child every time for a good number of visits. 

2-3.5yrs

Duration : 45 mins

Now your little one has mastered balance on two feet they can run and climb well and begin to work more independently, both at mat time and while climbing on the equipment. Their stage of development is bi-lateral, meaning that both sides of body are working in coordination. However, we start to do activities which require them to use left and right independently. By 18 months of age, toddlers have developed wonderful skills with their hands, they have improved focus and control. Our activities are aimed at strengthening and developing these skills, as they now have control over how to release an object they are holding. The two-year-old stage is an important year of change in both behaviour, speech and fine motor skills. This brings with it many challenges and much frustration. Your little one will need boundaries to keep them emotionally safe and secure in a world that they are beginning to realise may be infinite. The Koala stage sets the groundwork for the transition into the next stage of development - laterality.

Kindy Readiness

Brachiating & cross patterning 3-5yrs

Duration : 45 mins

This class is a combination of two stages, Possums and Emus (ages 3-5). As we teach according to the children in the class this will include activities that challenge and stimulate both age groups.

Class activities will encourage independence at mat time whilst a parent is close by for moral support..

The activities at GymbaROO for this age group help to lay the groundwork for early reading / writing and preschool / school. As their control over all muscle groups is strengthened and fine tuned, they can start concentrating on language skills.

Mat time activities at GymbaROO are aimed at fine tuning these skills, with more challenging tasks. Their ball skills are far better and their hand / eye coordination is more focused. During this course, we start to vary the routine to better suit your children’s developing skills, while increasing the concentration time and the complexity and number of instructions. At this stage, they also start to learn to work in groups, to line up and to follow the leader. The sessions include counting, memory activities and visual exercises.

Of course, there is still the all important large equipment time where by now they love climbing ladders, jumping on trampolines and hanging upside down.

It is during this period that they are starting to consolidate all the previously learned skills and fine tuning them to enhance their early preschool experience.

This class is designed for kindy/school readiness. Sessions include the usual large equipment circuit where children strengthen muscles and improve coordination and balancing. They also do aerobic, dance, cross pattern activities as well as perceptual motor program and specific word visualisation and auditory stimulation.

An example exercise for Balance: Balance on one leg, with leg extended behind and opposite arm extended forward.

The aim of the session is to ensure that children have or are developing all areas required for successful learning at school. It is a very important time before they enter fromal schooling.

Tel: 0451 656 636

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