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
Our Wonderful Covid KidsToday’s children will forever be the “Covid Generation”.The coronavirus pandemic is the biggest global upheaval of our age. The pandemic brought challenges, disruption and uncertainty to all our lives and none more so than our children.Their futures depend on the choices we make for them now.Life is now getting back to normal and we are all rebuilding our lives. Children are generally resilient to change and hopefully will now be loving life as all children should, BUT we can not forget what these amazing little people have missed out on.Babies born after March 2020 may never have met anyone other than their parents during the pandemic! So interaction with others was non-existent. Our toddlers and young children did not have the opportunity to spend time with friends developing vital emotional and social skills. This has had a big impact on their development.Children Thrive on Routine and StructureHere at Balance & Beam we are now seeing the impact that the pandemic has had. Children are taking longer to adjust to their new class or settle in after a holiday break from the gym. They can be more wary of teachers and find it difficult to concentrate and/or follow instruction and bonding with their peers can be challenging for them.Getting back to normal life, interacting with other people is vital.That is why supporting our young member’s wellbeing has never been more important to us.We know that keeping active is a vital part of every child’s mental and physical health and can also improve behaviour and concentration.We focus on all elements of a child's development here at Balance & Beam. Professionally designed sessions work on the physical, cognitive and social-emotional development of children. We have worked incredibly hard to welcome both existing and new members back, helping children to be fit and healthy in a fun and engaging way, whilst also keeping them safe.We are already working closely with several parents to help their child adjust and settle in. If you have any concerns regarding your child or their class and how they are settling in, all the team are here to help.We are looking forward to working with you to ensure that these amazing Covid generation kids Cartwheel into a Happy Healthy LifePlease feel free to forward this email on to any friends or family who have a little person - we would love to welcome them to our happy family
MAY HALF TERM HOLIDAY CAMPS - Jungle Gym is already being plannedGet ready for lots of super fun this May half term with our fun & action packed holiday camps. We're ready to take your bookings online so please head over to the Holiday Camp Booking Page to see what days we're running them & how to book in and More importantly make sure you do it sooner rather than later whilst we still have space.....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!
Our Spring term has just started which means we've opened up our wait lists. We've had over 85% of our members re-enrol so there's not many spaces up for grabs BUT if you are on the WAIT LIST then we will make contact with you shortly should we have space in the particular class you are waiting for. We have spaces in our week day parent/child classes and our after school classes for 4 - 5 year olds so please do get in touch if you have a new enquiry.We'd love you to see how much fun we DO have on a weekly basis by offering you a free trial session in one of our regular classes, spaces permittingThe price for the full term which starts 25th April until end July is £201.50. Fees are pro-rated as and when you join, depending on spaces in class & we also offer instalment options 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-keeping UpdateAs you will probably be aware all Covid 19 restrictions have been lifted (as of 24th February 2022) but we will still continue with our stringent housekeeping regime of sanitising daily and we would like to still sanitise on entry to the building for as long as possible. If you still feel vulnerable please feel free to wear your Facemask. If you have any please do not hesitate to let us know by sending us an emailWe'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
Our parties are back in full swing now and to make sure you have THE best time ever, we have introduced 3 new packages. Remember all our Birthday Party Packages are Private which means you have the whole building just to yourselves and better still, our fully trained gymnastics coaches will take care of the children in the gym whilst you sit back and watch from the lobby areas with a cup of coffee with your family & friends 😊They are FUN, FUN, FUN!We are now booking into May, June & July - Make sure you don't leave it too late to reserve your slot!!To check availability send us an email with your requested date and we'll get back to you straight away Parents can 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 10.00amPrices Start at:Members… £220 up to 10 guests - extra guests can be added onNon-Members… £250 up to 10 guests - extra guests can be added onTo see our party packages click here Email us to check availability If you've made your way down to here then you're interested, so here's some more reasons why you need to book your party here.WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU BOOK A BALANCE & BEAM BIRTHDAY! 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 grown ups to ensure 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. We 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, a small cake or biscuit to finish & we'll provide juice & waterOur 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
“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 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”
“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 ”
“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”
“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”
“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.”
“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”
“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!!”
“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” ”
“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 ”
“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”
“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) ”
“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”