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About UsBalance & 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.We offer a premium, curriculum based programme with weekly themed lessons for children from 4 months – 12 years. With us being non-competitive, classes here are great fun, structured but not too strict. Every week here is different so lots of opportunity to risk take, problem solve, socialise & make new friends. We also do half & full day Holiday / Activity Camps for 3 – 10 Year Olds. During School Holidays and on Sundays We host Amazing Birthday PartiesI’m looking for sporty people who want to develop their teaching skills and gain invaluable experience along the way. Gymnastics would be advantageous but any sporty/active person would be a great addition to our team.We’ve got the parent/child classes covered by existing staff so it would be children from 3 years through to 12 that we need assistance with.Hours Required  – Saturdays & Sundays Predominantly Saturdays From 10.00 – 5.15pmSundays From 11.30 – on our Party Rota(Possibly Tuesdays From 4.00 – 7.30pm)If you could attend our staff training sessions on Monday at 2.45 - 4.00pm that would be extremely helpful as we plan our week’s activities then. Who Should ApplyIf you are energetic, self-motivated & conscientious looking for a fun and challenging opportunity working with children then you would be perfect for the roleYou would also need to be someone who’s fun, bubbly & very smiley - an ex-gymnast would be good but not essential. Having a background in child development, physical education, sports, or drama would also certainly a plus as is customer service experience.If you have the above attributes and/or love keeping fit yourself then this role would be great for you as full training will be givenYou would need to be able to keep your energy levels up as you would be teaching back to back classes. We get very hands on with the kids, no standing on the sidelines!!Some of the key benefits & attributes of working here:Be part of an exciting, dynamic team of instructorsGreat friendly working environmentSee how fun it can be teaching children in a positive wayDevelop your people skills (adults and children)Learn from an expert & dynamic team of instructorsYou will be teaching non-competitive gymnastics classes to children 3 – 12 yearsBe hard-working, reliable & dependableDevelop your Time Management SkillsDevelop transferable skills, if moving on into the Primary/Secondary teaching sectorGreat stop-gap & hands on experience studying & workingDevelop your public speaking skillsLearn how to deal with conflictBecome a positive role modelBecome a valued employeeLearn how to work as part of a teamDelivering the high standards of our gymnastics based developmental programmeDevelop a great work ethicWork on your own initiativeLearn how to value customersProvide excellent customer serviceLearn how to be a better communicatorHelp children to feel good about themselves Help children develop risk taking, turn taking, sharing, social skillsLearn how to deliver a structured programme of activitiesFull training given on site in our weekly training sessionTraining & support is given whilst in classes including shadowing existing instructorsGreat Pathway for your future career developmentEarn money !!About Balance & Beamf 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 5PUyvonne@balanceandbeam.co.uk www.balanceandbeam.co.ukJob Type: Part-timeSalary: NMLWExperience in gymnastics would be advantageous but not essential:

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Autumn Term 2021 Information + Prices

It's week 4 of term already and we're heading into October.  Christmas soon LOL  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 £162.80 / 11 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

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Fun Filled Activity/Gymnastics Camps at Balance & Beam

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! 

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Birthday Parties at Balance & Beam - Back in Full Swing!

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

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Rhythm Time Classes at Balance & Beam Gymnastics, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays

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.

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Our Cancellation / Make Up Policy

Our Cancellation/Make-up PolicyDon’t lose any of your paid for classes!Part of your annual membership fee at Balance & Beam is access to our cancellation/make-up policy.So remember if you cannot attend your class for whatever reason follow the cancellation procedure and never lose a class. To qualify for a make-up class you MUST advise us of your absence in advance or latest 9.00am of the morning of your scheduled class. (8.30am for Saturday Parent/child classes)We will then cancel your scheduled class and you can book a catch up session.COVID-19 & Lockdown ProceduresPlease be reassured that if and when we are required by Governing Bodies to close our facilities then we will automatically bank your classes from the day we close until we re-open again.  No refunds will be offered or given in exchange for banked classes.  If you have to self-isolate it is your responsibility to let us know in advance to be able to carry missed classes forward, however carried forward classes can not be used in exchange for future tuition fees

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Regular Exercise Helps In ALL Areas Of A Child’s Development

Havng just come out of lockdown and returning to our fast paced world, many children are struggling to cope emotionally so the importance of focusing on our children’s health both emotional and physical is huge. Exercise releases endorphins, which makes us all feel happy and less stressed and this is also true for children.Exercise, Confidence & Self-esteemIt can be hard for us all to be confidence around others, and this is the same for our children. We understand that all children are different and it is normal that some children feel nervous around others at times, but having a lack of confidence in all social situations can lead to diagnosable problems such as anxiety in the future.Confident children achieve more, develop better relationships and embrace opportunities in life.Our classes help to build confidence in children. All our professionally designed child development classes allow children to build confidence as they achieve new skills, whilst also building their social skills around their peers.Age specific sessions allow children time to build friendships, making our classes both a social and physical activity. Children build healthy relationships with their peers, which are skills that are essential for their future.Our small student/teacher ratio means all children receive individual attention, helping them achieve their own personal little goals which in turn builds confidence and self-esteem.Balance & Beam… Making a Difference to the lives of 100s of childrenEncouraging young children to do regular physical activities is encouraging them to have a HEALTHY BODY IMAGE and is also helping them to have a POSITIVE MENTAL OUTLOOK. Regular physical activity is also great to:Make them feel HAPPIERHelp maintain a HEALTHY WEIGHT Good for the development of HEALTHY MUSCLES and BONESHelps increase their ENERGY LEVELSIt can reduce their risk of developing CHRONIC DISEASESIt can help their BRAIN HEALTH and MEMORYIt can help with their RELAXATION and SLEEP QUALITYBook a FREE trial session and see for yourself the difference our sessions make to your child.Balance & Beam… So much more than a gymnastic classLet us help your child Cartwheel into a Happy Healthy Life… Book your FREE trial session today.

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Our Members Referral Scheme.We reward you for talking about us

Members, tell your family & friends how amazing our classes are and get yourself a £25 voucher as a GREAT BIG thank you from Balance & BeamWe are so proud of the work that we do and are always looking for new members to join our wonderful programme! If you have friends and family with little people (4 months - 12 years) who you know would benefit from coming to Balance & Beam...please tell them about us! Simply refer a friend to Balance & Beam Gymnastics and if they go on to enrol in to our programme we will reward you with a £25 voucher as a GREAT BIG thankyou from us! 

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Balance & Beam Awards Scheme

We're excited to be running our own in-house Awards Scheme now for children from 3 years and up. For our younger members (Age 3 - 5 Years) we will be doing our Safari Awards starting with our Snake Award Our 6 - 12 Year olds will be doing their Badge 8 Our Advanced / Flic Flacs & Mini Flips Classes will be doing Badge 4 Our High Flyers will be doing Badge 1 Here are images of the respective badges if you want to practice some skills at home. Badges will need to be purchased @ £5 for the Certificate & cloth Badge and will be presented on the last week of term.  All children are assessed in their regular classes without their knowledge as everything is built into our curriculum based lesson plans. Please let us know if you have any questions

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COVID-19 PROCEDURES & WALK THROUGH VIDEOS - April-2021

We continue to update our Post-Covid procedures in line with the Government's latest announcements and look forward to re-opening on 12th April 2021Here's what to expect when you come to classes Where possible we are still requesting that parents for our larger evening & weekend classes 'Drop & Go'Maximum of 12-15 adults in the lobby area sat at least 1 metres apart and face coverings to be worn at all timesFor our smaller classes & Parent/child classes one parent may attend with their child and you will be filtered into the gym one at a time as beforePlease do not arrive more than ten minutes before class as you will not be allowed in the building until the class before has finishedParents/Carers MUST wear a face shield at all times (over 11s). (Exemptions will apply as necessary)Everyone who enters 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 entryPlease also have your child in clean clothesPlease use our sanitising stations on entry for both you and your child and as often as you like, there are plenty aroundPlease use our NHS Track & Trace Code displayed in the lobby to check in (we automatically record who attends all our classes as a matter of course)Remember to enter your vehicle registration into our tablet if you have parked at WaterworldWe now have a separate ‘IN’ door and an ‘OUT’ door in the lobby to exit the buildingThere will be allocated ‘distanced’ markers in the lobby for you & your child to wait to remove shoes before class and wait to be called Please have your child in GRIPPY / TRAMPOLINE type socks (we will have some for sale £2)Maximum independent class size is 18-20 childrenParent/Child classes will be 10 Children + one parentYou will note from our revised timetable that we have allowed time in between classes to sanitise the gym & other areasIf 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-contaminationWe 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 gymYou can use our party room if you have extra siblings and spaced out tables for homework or your own foodAll 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 and allows us time to clean the areas after useThe coffee machine will be available as normal you can take your mask off whilst drinking and then put it back on(did I need to say that)The water machine will be available to fill bottles only, but not for the children to come in and out of the gymWalk Through VideoHow Our Classes Run - New video Updated 1st September 2020How Classes will run Instructors will wear face masks or shields at most times in the gym.  We will also endeavour to coach responsibly from a distance (and continue to abide by Government legislation) Children in our independent classes will enter the gym and place belongings in cubbies, then find a space marked out on the mat Parent/Child classes will place their belongings in the cubbies in the lobby The red mat has been gridded out to keep the children at least 1-2 metres 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 initially, 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. 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 For parent/child classes, you will exit back into the lobby.  However, the children in our independent classes 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 hygienically cleaned ready for the next class. Instructors will also sanitise after their classCleaning ProceduresWe have increased our very rigid cleaning system even more 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

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