We thought you'd like to see what procedures we have put in place to re assure you that your health, safety and wellbeing are our priorities as we return to classes post lockdown.What will the new 'Normal' look like? Anyone entering the gym will be temperature checked – please do not come to class if you or your child is unwell - we reserve the right to refuse entry Please also have your child in clean clothes Our sanitizing station is the next step for you and your child – you will then enter your vehicle registration on tablet if you have parked at Waterworld We will have an ‘IN’ door and an ‘OUT’ door in the lobby to exit the building Parents’ will be filtered into the gym similar to supermarket entry There will be allocated ‘distanced’ markers in the lobby for you & your child to remove shoes before class and wait to be called Please have your child in GRIPPY / TRAMPOLINE type socks Maximum class size will be 12 children Parent/Child classes will be 6 – 8 Children + one parent Class Instructors will be Yvonne, Elly, Charlotte, Lauren, Luke You will note from the timetable that we have allowed time in between classes to sanitise We are requesting that only one parent brings their child so that we will have a maximum of 12 socially distanced parents in the lobby If you have a sibling with you, please bring your own books/something to keep them amused as we will not have any toys or books in the lobby to ensure no cross-contamination We will be requesting that children come ‘ready for the gym’. We will have cubbies INSIDE the gym for your child to put their belongings in themselves, including their own named water bottle, to alleviate coming in and out of the gym All children (excluding parent/child classes) will exit the building at the far end of the gym. This means that once the instructors have given their ‘end of class announcement’ to parents 5 minutes before class end, you will be asked to queue outside the bottom end of the gym to collect your child thus reducing congestion in the lobby area and the chance to mingle The coffee machine will be available as normal The water machine will be available to fill bottles only, but not for the children to come in and out of the gymHow Will the Classes Run? Instructors will wear face masks or shields If you or your child wants to wear a mask, please do so (it is not mandatory at this time, but this may change on Government advice) Children will enter the gym and place belongings in cubbies, then find a space marked out on the mat The red mat has been gridded out to keep the children at least 1-2 metre s apart We will still conduct warm up activities and group activities on the red mat, but we will be adapting our lesson plans accordingly to keep the children distanced Hand Equipment, balls, sticks, bean bags etc., will be on a per child basis and put to one side after the activity to be sanitised after use We will spend time at the equipment where the children will be split into 2 groups of 6, i.e. in ‘bubbles’ Instructors will still do ‘show and tell’ at the stations – the children will have spot markers to sit and watch Instructors will be vocally coaching the children around the equipment as much as possible. All risks kept to an absolute minimum For parent/child classes, we will show parents how to spot and hold their child At the end of the classes we will return to the red mat for a socially distanced game & closing circle The children will put their shoes on whilst still in the gym and gather their belongings ready to exit at the rear door, where parents will collect them The lobby & gym will then be cleaned ready for the next class. Instructors will also sanitise after their classCleaning ProceduresWe have a very rigid cleaning system in place during this post-lockdown period. This will include cleaning down in between classes with a full and thorough end of day clean down - this will include disinfecting & sanitising,vacuuming- and paying particular attention to the following:High Touch AreasDoor handles • Disability rails • Switches • Taps • Sinks (including underneath and sides) • Toilet seat • Toilet flush handles/buttons • Toilet paper dispensers • Hand towel dispensers • Bin lids • Reception area desk • Cubbies boxes • Viewing windows / display cabinets etc • Reception deskiPad • Computers / Laptops • TV remote • Gym-iPhone • Printers • Photocopiers • Telephones • Kitchen appliances - microwave, kettle, fridgeGym AreaSafety mats • Spring Boards • Coaching blocks • All Beams • A Frame Bars • Yellow Bars x 3 • Tumble Track Hand Apparatus inc, Balls, Bean Bags, Sticks, Scarves, Parachute • Coaching blocks • All Traps • Vaulting blocks • Beam pads & wideners • Rainbow Mats • Spot MarkersLobby AreaCubbies • Viewing windows • Visitor Chairs & Tables • Coffee Machine • Reception desk/ Parking Tablet
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 and Thursday mornings during term time. We charge just £5 per class, paid termly to secure your place.Class times:Toddler/Preschool Classes: 10am - Tuesday or ThursdayBaby Classes: 10.40, 11.20- Tuesday or Thursday Young Baby Classes: 12 noon- Tuesday or Thursday Any 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.
Are you an energetic, self-motivated, conscientious individual seeking a fun and challenging opportunity working with children by teaching motor skill development through gymnastics based classes? If so, you may be just the person we’re looking for! (We are not a soft play centre) The position would suit an ex-gymnast or University student looking for some evening workDetails of the PostWe are always on the look out for hard working, dependable individuals to help our business grow! Instructors will be responsible for teaching non-competitive gymnastics classes to Pre-School and Primary School age children, You will be working with a dynamic team of individuals who are committed to providing outstanding customer service and a membership experience for children and parents that is second to none.Evenings are required from 4.00pm - 7.30pm. Full training will be provided and there are excellent opportunities for career growth and advancement.Typical responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following:• Delivering the high standards of our gymnastics based developmental programme.• Know and understand our philosophy and programme• Communicate information correctly and professionally to parents• Conduct high quality classes whilst ensuring they are high energy and fun• Providing excellent customer service and building student enrolmentA background in child development, physical education, sports, gymnastics or drama is certainly a plus as is customer service experience.About Balance & BeamBalance & Beam Gymnastics has been trading since 2006 & are setting the standard for progressive motor-skill development, by providing children with a foundation of confidence through non-competitive, gymnastics-based programmes. Our Parent/Child, Pre-School and Primary School classes are all taught in a fun, safe and nurturing environment, which encourages children to develop at their own pace building confidence & self-esteem.If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please forward *details of your experience*in a covering email together with your contact information and CV to:Yvonne Shuttleworth Gym Director Balance & Beam Gymnastics Festival Way Stoke on Trent ST1 5PUwww.balanceandbeam.co.ukJob Type: Part-timeSalary: NMLWRequired experience: Experience in gymnastics / coaching: 3 years Level One Qualification in Artisitic Gymnastics (or similar) would be advantageous but not essential however, knowledge of gymnastic skill progression is
Please click on the links below - Have Fun!!Here's our Parent/Child Class And Take a look at our pre-school classesHave a look at a Primary School Class in actionToddler Activity VideoTry this fun video for parent/child activities or pre schoolers. You'll need a scarf and a balloon and bat if you have them :)It's Cool To Be Kind - A Message from YvonneSend us your own personal message to let us know what you miss most!Join Yvonne for her PE Workout / Facebook LIVE video from 12th May (30 mins)Partner BalancesHave a go at these great balances with Charlotte & her little brother...watch out for the Bloopers at the end!Grace's Jumps & Leaps - Take a look at some of the various jumps and leaps you can do. Once you've got the hang of them try them in a stright line as if you were on a narrow beam. You could put a chalk line on the ground or put a thin towel down to 'balance' onCharlotte & Grace's Balancing ActsIt's All About the boys!Luke's Handstand Tutorial - Learn how to do a proper handstand with Luke's adviceLuke's Handstand TutorialParent/Child Stick Activity - Have some fun with your little ones trying our stick activityParent/Child Sticks Movement ChallengeAlphabet Challenge - Click on the link below to see our full A - Z challenge then try spell out your name, or your mum or dad's name or days of the week....there's no end to the words you can spell!!Yvonne's Alphabet ChallengeTeam Work TuesdaysHave fun with our obstacle challenge ideasParent/Child Donkey Kick - This is a very beginner handstand for very little people - try it in the safety of your own home or gardenParent/Child Donkey KickHoola Hoop Movement Challenge - Great fine motor skill development for the fingers rolling and twirling the hoopHoola Hoop Movement ChallengeGet ready for Charlotte's Stretching SessionCharlotte's Stretch VideoHow To Do A Backward Roll & Some Conditioning from LukeWatch Luke's excellent video. Make sure you work your way through the various steps have a nice soft surface to protect your neck....don't try any activity until you are ready...we want you guys to stay safe!!How To Do A Backward RollHow to do a BridgeTry this great Max Whitlock WorkoutMax Whitlock WorkoutToddler Challenge - Overhead Backward Throw Overhead Backward ThrowFrog BalanceTry This Frog Balance - It's one of the BG Badge SkillsMonkey Jump (Beginner Cartwheel) Learn how to do a cartwheel for very little peopleCartwheel DemoWatch Luke & Grace demonstrating cartwheelsHeadstand DemoLearn How to do an amazing Headstand with Charlotte & brother, Jake - Followed by a Shoulder Stand!Pirate Warm Up 'LIVE'https://www.facebook.com/BalanceAndBeam/videos/593...
Dear MembersWe’re very excited to tell you that we are becoming ‘virtual’, yes indeedy, you read that correctly and over these next few weeks we will be adding activities to our Facebook, Instagram & website pagesSo from Monday, 6th April we will be showing you some great ideas to help inspire your little people into getting more active but it’s not just for them, we want you all to participate and have lots of fun too!Here’s what to look out for: We will introduce our weekly ‘theme of the week’ along with Monday’s skill We will post our daily activity for you to try each day We will post some ‘how to’ videos We will upload a weekly Movement Challenges for you to try in your own home or gardenWe want to give you a range of activities that not only help the physical skills but also work on fine and gross motor skills, balance & co-ordinationSo the days will look like this:Monday: Get Movin Monday – Start the week off as you mean to go on with a specific skill of the week to work on all weekTuesday: Teamwork Tuesday – Family Obstacle ChallengeWednesday: Workout Wednesday – This could be Plank Challenge work out, flossing, Abs challenge, Bring Sally Up…you get the idea – a challenge for the whole familyThursday: Throwing Thursday – We will be working on a different throwing &/or catching activity of the week to work onFriday: Freeze Friday – Will be static shapes or stretches to work on balancing techniquesSaturday: Share Your Skill Saturday - We’d love you to share your workout challenges with us on our page so make sure you video yourselves every now and again Sunday: Funday Sunday – Show us what other FUN things you have been up to over the week. Remember we are one BIG Family at Balance & Beam! Why not tag your friends in or even let grannie & gramps see how you are, I know it can be lonely for them right now and it would make their day to see their little peopleI have to say we’re a little bit nervous at getting this off the ground but hopefully we’ll get better as the weeks progressDon’t forget to check our Facebook page at 9.00am Monday morning for your weekly theme and challenge of the day and then we’ll post at 9.00am every dayJust one final little bit… We do take health & safety very seriously at the gym, so in our ‘virtual gym’ you will need to make sure you take care when you’re practicing these skills in and around the house and garden so….Remember, we want all you guys to stay safe and well. Please make sure that you have enough space around you to do the activities safely. DON’T try anything that you don’t feel able to do. Parents, this is a BIG one for you, please remember that most of you are not ‘coaches’ so don’t get the kids to try triple flips or back somersaults (it’s not safe OK). Get the kids to know & understand their own limitations. Start small and grow – that’s the Balance & Beam way!. These activities are meant to be FUN challenges!
We’re All in This TogetherThe health and wellbeing of everyone here at Balance & Beam is very important to me as my team IS my business and I couldn’t do it without them. We continue to keep in touch by email and video link. You too are extremely important to us here and we miss each and every one of you and hope you and all your families are all staying safe and well during these difficult and unprecedented times.We can’t wait until we can see you all again. Take Care Of One AnotherThe Government has called on a collective effort to beat this dreaded Coronavirus (COVID-19) and together we will! During this time, please be reassured that all your classes have been suspended and we will pick up where we left off just as soon as we can, which will probably mean extending the term and we will do whatever it takes to make sure that we bring back normality, structure, routine, energy and lots of physical fun once we’re back.We appreciate your continued support during this period.Watch This Space!It seems the whole World has joined together to bring exciting, innovative & imaginative things online which is absolutely amazing and I wanted to let you know that I am busy working behind the scenes looking at ways that we too can help to keep all of you in our thoughts and Balance & Beam in yours, so I will be in touch by email / Facebook / Instagram soon with our virtual plans.We’re Here For You!In the meantime, if you’d like to share any of your little person’s special talents on our Facebook page then we’d love to see them, as we will keep our social media channels updated. And just so you know, our email is constantly monitored if you need to connect.Please take care, stay safe and let’s think of each other.Yvonne x
Dear MembersIt is with deep regret, due to the Government’s latest announcement on Friday evening, 20th March that I must close my facilities from now for the foreseeable futureI am so sorry for everyone that it has come to this and I hope it’s not for too longI wish you all the very best and urge you to take care, stay safe and act responsbily during this stressful timeI hope with all my heart that I see you all again soon Sincerely Yvonne x
Important Health Update – Thursday, 19th MarchIn light of the most recent Government guidelines & Health England to close all schools, nurseries and private child-care facilities for the majority of children from the end of this week these are the actions we are proposing to take for now.Classes for the remainder of this week WILL run as normal with the following time amendments to the current timetable, this is to allow for extra time in between classes for exit time to keep the lobby freeCan I also request that only one parent bring their child to enable social distancing.Our stringent hand washing / hand sanitizing system will still be in force on entry to the buildingPlease do not arrive more than 5 minutes before your class start timesCLASS TIMESThursday, 19th March:Wiggly Worms4.10pmJumping Jacks5.20pmFlic Flacs6.30pmFriday, 20th MarchCaterpillars:9.30amLadybirds:10.30amLadybugs:11.30amButterflies:12.30pmWiggly Worms:4.00pmJumping Jacks:5.10pmSaturday, 21st March:Ladybirds:8.40amCaterpillars:9.35amButterflies:10.30amWiggly Worms:11.40amCrazy Friends:12.50pmFlic Flacs:2.00pmJumping Jacks:3.10pmCrazy Jacks:4.15pmSunday Classes as normalOf course, health, safety and wellbeing of all our members is paramount and at this time, we all need to take the necessary precautions to protect the vulnerable and at risk groups, so if you would prefer not to attend classes then we respect your decisions Please let me reassure you that your classes will not be lost and your space in class will be secure and we will continue to monitor the situation and update you regularly on how we intend to move forwardFrom next week, we are considering offering a skeleton daily timetable of classes for those parents who wish their children to have the option to engage in structured physical exercise whilst they are not able to attend school and we are working on options to give you this facility over the next week and I will get an email out to you during the course of Friday, 20th MarchAgain, for any members who would prefer to bank their sessions then this option is available to youPlease let us know if you would either like to:ATTEND CLASSES – I would be interested in a revised class timetableBANK CLASSES – Please bank my classesWe will of course continue to communicate further via email, facebook and our website as Government advice & guidelines changeYours sincerelyYvonne
COVID-19 What we are doingDear MembersAs a valued customer we wanted to update you and reassure you on the important steps we are taking to help minimise the spread of Coronavirus / COVID-19.We are continuing to follow and monitor official guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England/Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland/Ireland carefully. We receive regular advice and updates from our health and safety consultants and use this information to ensure we are doing all that is possible and advised to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.The health and well-being of our customers and staff is our primary concern. We recognise it is vitally important for us to have policies and procedures in place to support this concern.Here’s What We Are Doing:Educating our staff on prevention, both personal prevention techniques and customer prevention techniquesMonitoring our staff and ensuring that no staff members in the building are at work with the virus or symptoms.We are fortunate that no member of the team has recently returned from abroadEmphasising and promoting the need for frequent and proper hand washing (20 seconds minimum), both to staff and to customers, ensuring that all our facilities are fully stocked with soap & paper towelsEnhancing our already robust cleaning procedures, with particular focus on regularly cleaning and sanitising the contact points that people touch more frequently (door handles, pull cords, light switches, gym equipment etc)Encouraging customers (parents & children) to help us by ensuring they are washing their hands as soon as they enter our facilitiesWe have several hand sanitizing locations around the buildingWorking with consultants to receive advice and support.Use Our Facilities WITH Confidence:In line with Government guidance, we are continuing to operate as usual. We will continue to keep in touch with you and follow official guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England carefully. Your health and safety is our highest priority and we truly appreciate the trust that you place in our team and our company.Finally, thank you for your continued support and we are delighted that you have confidence in our procedures to ensure you are in as controlled environment as you could be! Boosting one’s immune system through activity is a key tool to help combat COVID-19, exercising will help provide that boost!We will of course update you with any changes
“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!”
“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”
“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”
“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 ”
“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”
“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 ”
“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”
“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) ”
“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 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.”
“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”