Our Winter term is upon us and once we return after this current lockdown we will be straight into the swing of it and our short run to Christmas. We'd love you to join us and see how much fun we have in class so why not book a free trial session in one of our regular classes to see how much fun we have each and every week.The price for the new term from w/c 30th November (3rd Dec) to the end of March is £207.20 / 14 classes. We also offer an instalment option depending when you join. eg: £69.00 x 3 monthly payments (fees are pro rated as and when you join)You will also need to pay our Annual family membership of £35 - which covers you for insurance in the gym 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. All parents & prospective trials have welcomed the 'new normal' of temperature checks and sanitising on entry & face masks for the parents in the lobby to make sure that we are a Covid safe environment and we do thank everyone for adhering to our rules including the 'only one parent per child' system & our separate entry/exit doors.Call us on 01782 214452 or email us email@example.com and 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 'New Normal' classes post Covid-19.If you're worried about joining a class please take a look at our New policies and procedures here Covid-19 ProceduresFor 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to book your free trial or for more information
COVID-19 What we are doingDear MembersAs a valued customer we wanted to update you and reassure you on the important steps we continue to take to help minimise the spread of Coronavirus / COVID-19.We continue 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: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!
Here's another chance to see what we got up to in our last lockdown. There's lots of 'How To' videos...cartwheels, handstands, rolls, headstands - Take a look and have some 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...
Our new Procedures, Post Covid-19 mean that we can still offer you a socially distanced party meaning that you and your friends can enjoy getting together again, albeit a little more distanced than usual. Maximum children in a party for now will be 12Everyone is temperature checked on Entry and hand sanitised. All children need to wear grippy socks (trampoline socks) in the gym.(We can provide these) Equipment is sanitised after each class or party and kids frequently hand sanitise during our classes or partiesOur Red Mat is gridded out into larger 1.5 M squares and our equipment is set up so that the children will have plenty of space to have fun exploring the gym without having to get too close to friends.We are recommending that where possible parents drop their child off at the door, once we've taken all their details for our Track & Trace and then come back at the end to collect. Those parents needing to stay will be distanced in the lobby area and will wear their mask at all times. (We realise that some children may be anxious if being left so that's why this is an option). (Parent/child parties are still available obviously only one parent/child) All children will be signed in to the gym to comply with our Track & Trace procedures. - Please click here to see out Post Covid-19 procedures Covid-19 ProceduresOur party room can nicely accommodate upto 24 children, but to keep them spaced out that's why we're saying just 12children We've 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 Covid safe 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 15 at £9 per headParty Food must be Pre-Packed per Child or we can provide a Lunch Box @ £7.50Reserve your party slot NOWIf you are a Balance & Beam Gold card holder you will get £50 off your party.Please 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 prepared lunchboxes or pre-plated 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 can present your child with their Party cake but at the moment we recommend pre-sliced & packed cake for the 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
Our Gift Vouchers make the perfect gifts for that special little person and can be used for any product or service offered by Balance & Beam.Take a look at our website or come to the desk when you’re next in class to purchase your gift vouchers and give the gift that will help the little person in your family Cartwheel into a Happy Healthy LifeYou can purchase them on our website by following this link Vouchers
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. 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. Should you not wish to return straight away to classes or 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
Members, tell your family and 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!
We've updated our Post-Covid procedures from the Government's latest announcements in OctoberHere's what to expect when you come to classes Only one parent may attend with their child and you will be filtered into the gym one at a timePlease do not arrive more than ten minutes before class as you will not be allowed in the building until the lobby area is cleared of the previous classParents/Carers will now be required to wear a face shield at all times in the lobby (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 childPlease 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)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 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 children however, the majority are upto 14Parent/Child classes will be 10 Children + one parentYou will note from the timetable that we have allowed time in between classes to sanitiseIf 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 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 Video How Our Classes Run - New video Updated 1st September 2020How Classes will run Instructors will wear face masks or shields when in close contact. We will also endeavour to coach 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 matParent/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. 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 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
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 may vary slightly due to the extended gaps between classes to ensure we remain Covid safeToddler/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.
Members, part of your annual membership fee is FREE parking on Waterworld carpark whilst your little person is in their class. To get your FREE parking you MUST enter your correct vehicle registration number into the tablet at our reception desk each and every time you visit. This will give you 4 hours free parking.Failure to enter your correct registration will result in a Parking ticket being issued at a cost of £100. DO NOT FORGET!!!It is your responsibility to register your vehicle at every visit to the gym.
“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 ”
“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”
“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”
“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” ”
“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”
“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”
“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!”
“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 ”
“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!!”