Welcome to Balance & Beam offering a gymnastics-based child development programme for children from 4 months to 12 years. Situated on Festival Park, next door to Waterworld we are in our 15th year and going from strength to strength. We have a wealth of experience building confidence and self esteem in children of all ages through our child development programme and have well over 500 children coming to classes on a weekly basis.
Using imagination, creativity, themed lesson plans and extremely motivating & encouraging instructors, children thrive in our non threatening purpose-built gym and with small class sizes, children receive individual attention and skill progressions develop week by week over the course of a term.
Free trials are conducted during our regular classes so that you can experience exactly what we have to offer. They are completely no obligation and our members tell us this really helped when making their decision.Book my FREE trial
OCTOBER HALF TERM HOLIDAY CAMPSWe've had a blast in our Summer Holiday Camps and it's so nice to get all the kids back together again, having so much fun. We're now ready to take bookings for our October Camps so please head over to the Holiday Camp Booking Page to see what days we're running them & book in.....here's some important information about our camps....SERIOUS WARNING: Only attend our camps if your child is ALWAYS bursting with energy and looking for FUN, FUN, FUN!!!!!!We offer excellent, high energy, fun filled child care during the school holidays?We're OFSTED Registered & our staff are DBS checked. We also accept Child Care Vouchers / Tax Free Credits.Suitable for Children 3-10 yearsWHAT DOES A DAY AT CAMP WITH US LOOK LIKE?AM Camp 9.30am-12.30pmPM Camp 1.30pm-4.30pmCamp starts with a 1 hour 15 minutes fully instructor led gym session. Group activities give all the children time to settle in and get acquainted. Then group games and fun time to try out our full size gymnastic equipment. After that, it’s on into our party room for 45 minutes to recharge batteries with a freshly prepared healthy snack. (Food allergies are catered for on request) Children are encouraged to get creative in a themed craft activity too. Then it’s back into the gym for another hour of instructor led gym fun and games If children are staying with us all day, lunch break is from 12.30 till 1.30. This is a supervised FREE hour where children go into our party room to eat their own packed lunch or Pre-Ordered Subway Kidspak (charged extra at £3.00) We then encourage children to take some quiet time. This will always be fully supervised and is a great opportunity for children to make new friends. So that's a typical day at one of our amazing camps. We guarantee your little people will leave Balance & Beam exhilarated, happy and probably shattered.Each camp day is different, so if you want to do the odd half or full day or 2 or 3 days per week, rest assured they will get to meet lots of new friends each day; and explore different activities day in and day out.So that’s our action packed Half Day Camp!Find out more & book here!
It's the 3rd week of term already, September is certainly whizzing by and the nights are starting to draw in unfortunately. We are actively working our way through our Wait Lists and if we haven't been in touch yet, we will be soon either to invite you down for a trial class or update you with availability.We'd love you to join us and see how much fun we have so DO contact us NOW and we'll get back to you and offer you a free trial session if we have space, in one of our regular classes so you can see what we get up to each and every week.We will also start to take bookings for our AMAZING holiday camps for 3 - 10 year olds which will during October Half Term Click Here for more information Our Autumn Term started w/c 6th September and runs to w/e 19th December - From next week it's £177.60 / 12 classes. We also offer an instalment option to spread the payments over the termIf you're a new member, you will also need to pay our Annual family membership of £35 - which covers you for insurance in the gym for the whole year and gives you the ability to swap & change classes should you have to cancel through illness or holidays, free parking at Waterworld plus other member discounts & benefits. House-keepingAs we are starting to come out the other end of our Pandemic, we wanted to let you know that we will continue with our stringent housekeeping rules & regulations of sanitising on entry, however, face coverings do not now need to be worn in the lobby. We do thank everyone for adhering to our guidance during this very difficult time including the 'only one parent per child' system & our separate entry/exit doors. We will continue to operate this system for the time being & feel free to still drop & go to keep the lobby area distanced but as time moves on we will continue to update you . If you have any questions please do not hesitate to let us know by sending us an email We'd love you to become part of our amazing Balance & Beam family.With classes starting at 4 months old there's no better time to get your little person into a social environment and encouraging them to interact in our classes post Covid-19.For term time & class information please go to – Parent child (4 months - 3 years), Pre-school (3 years - 6 years), Primary School (6+ years)To book your free trial class or for further information please call us on 01782 214452 or fill in the Contact Form https://www.balanceandbeam.co.uk/contactClick through to our Youtube channel to watch some of our videos & see some of our testimonials www.youtube.com/balanceandbeamCheck out our facebook page to see what we get up to in class & read our testimonials. www.facebook.com/balanceandbeamPlease contact us on 01782 214452 or by email to book your free trial or for more information
Wahoo, our parties are back in full swing now we are coming out of the pandemic which means that your little people can now have Fun, FUN, FUN with even more of their friends!!!All children will still need to wear grippy socks (trampoline socks) in the gym.(We can provide these @ £2 if you need some) Equipment is still sanitised daily and everyone will still be asked to hand sanitise on entry and the children will sanitise still during our classes or partiesOur Red Mat is still gridded out into squares (one of the positive outcomes during Covid) and our equipment is set up so that the children will have plenty of space to have fun exploring the gym with their friendsParents can still drop their child off & go once we've taken all their details or they can stay to watch all the fun. All we do ask is that if you are leaving, make sure you come back to pick them up)!! Obviously if your child is under 3 then parent participation is still required, so you're not going anywhere LOL! All children are still signed in to the gym to comply with our Health & Safety proceduresOur party room can accommodate upto 30 children We've previously been voted No#2 Party Venue for North Staffordshire and we love to host YOUR parties so please don't leave it too late to find out about our fabulous, bespoke birthday parties here - we are experts in catering to the age of your children. Parties slots are held on Sundays from 1.00pm.Price Information for a 1 hour 30 mins partyMembers… £200 up to 12 guestsNon-Members… £230 up to 12 guestsExtra ½ Hour to include the inflatable Tumble Track… £50**Additional Children up to a max of 25 at £9 per headWe can cater for your party at £8.00 per head - this would include a selection of sandwiches, healthy carrot/cucumber sticks, crisps etc. and a selection of small cakes to finish offParents need to provide their own Birthday Cake & Party BagsReserve your party slot NOWPlease visit the Parties page of the website for more specific details about the parties. FUN, FUN AND MORE FUN...THAT'S WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU BOOK A BALANCE & BEAM BIRTHDAY! If you are looking for a GREAT PARTY DESTINATION for your little birthday superstar, well look no further. Balance & Beam’s parties have been voted one of the TOP PARTY VENUES in this area.Every one of our private parties are brilliantly organised and unique. We work with parents and carers to ensure that their Balance & Beam Birthday Party is AWESUME for their child, totally STRESS FREE for them and FUN, FUN, FUN for everyone.We give you a 100% guarantee that everything will be just perfect for your little one’s special day.From the moment you and your party guests enter our bright and colourful, spotlessly clean gym our fully trained and experienced party hosts will take care of everything, meaning you just sit back and enjoy watching everyone having a fabulous time.About a Balance & Beam Birthday PartyFirst and foremost, CONTACT US NOW and reserve your party date… Our party slots book up quickly.Balance & Beam parties can be booked by both members and non-members.Our parties are suitable for 1-9 year olds and are completely instructor led by DBS checked, friendly & motivating staff.You will have exclusive use of our gym and all the facilities for the duration of your party.We can cater for mixed age group parties and create a party package that meets the needs of every child and their guests. You can choose either a 1 hour.30 mins or a 2-hour party slotWe supply you with cute party invites that contain all the details about your Balance & Beam party.We will set up everything for you, including your own food. (We find that not too much food is best e.g. one sandwich, crisps, fruit bag, Frube or similar & a small cake or biscuit to finish & a small bottle of water or Fruit Shoot etc.)Our party hosts will make sure the children can get into everything. We will also present your child with their Party cake & then cut it up and put it into your party bagsAnd BEST OF ALL we do all the cleaning up.All your party guests leave with a helium Balance & Beam balloon to say thank you for having your party with usReserve your party slot NOW
Exposing your baby to early music making is very special. It’s the best gift you can ever give them...AND we’re thrilled to hold our classes at Balance & Beam on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday mornings during term time. It’s just £19.10 per month which spreads the cost of 36 weeks of classes across a whole calendar year. It works out at £6.37 per class, just give 30 days notice to leave..Class Times Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays: Toddler/Preschool at 9.45Tuesday/Thursday: Baby Classes at 10.35, 11.25, 12.10Friday: Baby Class at 10.35Any parents wishing to book a Rhythm Time music class for their baby or toddler can visit www.rhythmtime.net/jd228 or contact Jo on 07947 525791.The importance of going to music classes with your babyMusic is a universal language that everyone loves and understands, but did you know that it is the only activity that can stimulate and activate every part of your baby’s brain?Contrary to common belief, every child is born musical and as parents, all you have to do is nurture this innate ability. In other words, it is your baby’s environment that will determine how musical they will become. Lots of simple activities can be done at home with your baby to help stimulate and encourage their development through music. However, being a new mum can be quite lonely so going along to a structured, educational music group will give you, as a parent, confidence and new ideas about what to continue doing at home while socialising and making new friends. Don’t forget that singing also releases the “happy hormone“ so singing together in a group with other mums is really beneficial for everyone. Making music with others is such a happy, joyful experience and there is no substitute for a child and parent taking part in a live music session. This is because you will both be experiencing music in the here and now and the benefits of being involved for both you and your baby are far reaching.It’s also never too early to join a baby music class in which you can learn all about how music can help stimulate your baby’s development. For example, Rhythm Time’s award-winning and unique music curriculum involve fun, structured and educational classes that will help you to understand how music can help your child’s development, as well as build their creativity, co-ordination and confidence.Here are some of the benefits early music-making and singing will bring:• Singing simple songs to you baby will help develop their speech and language skills. (Your baby will sing before they speak.)• Songs with actions are great fun but they also stimulate your baby’s auditory development and the actions will help them gain understanding and the meaning of the words.• Moving and rocking to music will help develop their vestibular system, inner ear and sense of balance.• Using various props will help stimulate their vision, eye tracking, co-ordination and motor skills.• Using simple percussion instruments will help develop their listening, small motor skills, co-ordination, sensory awareness, and determination as they try again and again to master playing the instrument.• Shaking small instruments, such as a maraca, will stimulate your baby’s auditory reflexes and help develop a sense of rhythm and pulse which is very important for language development and creative expression.• Exercising to music will help strengthen and develop their muscles, while at the same time instilling a sense of pulse, (which is like the heartbeat your baby was listening to in the womb.)• Playing peekaboo will help to develop their visual memory, listening skills, social interaction, and will give your baby a sense of themselves as being separate from you.Rhythm Time also offer Young Baby classes specially created for newborns up to 6 months.These have been specifically designed for infants at this very early stage.Written by a music teacher who is passionate about the benefits of music for babies and young children, the young baby classes, and older baby classes (6mths to 14mths) include a number of musical activities that will help a child’s early development: Babies can enjoy many multi-sensory activities to music involving equipment such as balls, mirrors, scarves, lycra, sensory blankets, lights, foil and bubbles. All these help to enhance all their senses, which is highly beneficial at this early stage in their development.
“I just wanted to email you and say a huge THANK YOU.- For listening to mine and my daughter’s concerns and for suggesting ways to help, and WOW did it help. To see her little face in class and others too, smiling and laughing & enjoying what they were doing. As her Mum I knew I needed to and trusted you enough to be able to talk to you. You proved me right, by listening, taking on board my concerns and changing things slightly to help my daughter I know to each and every parent, their child is special and they are the only thing that matters at that point, whereas you have hundreds of children to think of. Again, you embrace each and every child and this is unique and special. A well-deserved thank you and I’m proud to be part of the Balance & Beam Family”
“My daughter Freya regularly attends camps in the school holidays. She really enjoys the wide range of activities. The camps feature time in the gym as well as some fun crafty time. As a parent I know that I am leaving Freya in a safe, supportive and engaging learning environment and when she is picked up she is already looking forward to her next camp”
“I just wanted to send in a testimonial for Setta for the Sunday advanced class. She does a superb job of the class every week and makes a big effort to give them a fully rounded gymnastics class - giving all the class their own routine is the icing of that cake. What I wanted to point out was how she is genuinely engaged with the kids to the point where it is clear how happy the children learning and improving makes her. It's lovely to see and I'm glad that my daughter gets such a pleasant, capable and committed coach each week. Rob, Dad to Emmy S (Aged 9 years) ”
“Would like to say a HUGE thank you for Macy's birthday party on Sunday, Mel and Ellie are a credit to Balance & Beam, so welcoming and organised, and generally lovely girls, really kept the children engaged, all the children had a lovely time and were asking their parents if they could come again, all the parents were impressed how lovely the gym was and just how fab the instructors were. Macy loved every minute, best party ever, so thank you again, especially to your lovely girls Mel and Ellie xx”
“Thanks so much for making our birthday party so much fun yet again. This was Mollie's 4th Birthday party here and again all the staff were wonderful. Thanks so much to Yvonne & the team!!”
“This was one of the most relaxing parties I’ve had. From a parent’s viewpoint, it's such a simple party to organise....and from the party girl’s viewpoint.....'epic party again Mum, even better than last year’s!”
“I've been coming to camps for 5 years and love spending time in the gym. My little sister Phoebe comes with me now so we have even more fun together”
“Just wanted to share with you this video of Edith conquering her fear this week and say a massive thank you, because it’s all down to your hard work and dedication. I know this doesn’t look like much, but believe it or not this tiny little beam is the root of all her fear! She had a nasty slip on it about a year ago and bust her lip, and since then has been scared of anything even remotely beam-like. Coming to gym has done wonders for her confidence and every single day she gets more and more adventurous when we are at the playground or even just messing about in the garden. Tackling the “original” beam at forest school this week is a huge thing for Edie and just goes to show how much her confidence has improved. Thank you all so much for everything you’ve done for her. The progress she has made makes a difference to her every day ”
“Just a quick note to say how great I thought the class was last night - a whole world away from the last gymnastics class he did. Really good fun and a great variety of activities - I was amazed that he was doing the running/jumping forward rolls after a couple of attempts. He also really enjoyed it - he's not normally the most enthusiastic but he was talking about it all the way home after class and telling his friends the following morning on the walk in to school ”
“What a wonderful 1st birthday party we had today, thank you so much for making it a very special day for our little boy. All the parents & children had a great interactive session and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Lucie & Mike, mummy & daddy to Dexter”
“Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the best ever party. I didn't have to do anything at all, it was so stress free and the girls in the gym were amazing. We'll certainly be back next year”
“Just a quick note to say thank you for all that you do at balance & beam, Thanks for the lovely bond you’ve all built with K & us as a family, For the time & effort you put into developing your children through the well thought out themes which you explain thoroughly in class, Keeping the Facebook page fun & exciting with birthdays & star of the week, The end of term certificates that we keep & the stickers you give which mostly get squashed or chewed but are very welcome, For your newsletters so we know exactly what’s happening & for all the other activities you make possible that we’ll look forward to joining in with as K grows, I can’t wait to have a birthday party with you! Thanks for always being so caring & asking how we are & for being so accommodating with our classes on weeks when K hasn’t been too well over the winter, Your skills at knowing how to safely encourage our little girl when she was just 4 months old & started coming to class have been so enriching for her, We’re very proud to be a part of balance & beam, thanks for facilitating such a fabulous skill locally, “Thank you ladybirds” ”
“For me balance and beam is now one of four core elements of care / socialisation for a toddler in their early stages. Exercise, strength and learning things in a class environment & out school clubs all obvious extra bonuses.”