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Top Tips for Busy Balance & Beam Parents

We all know we need to be encouraging our children to be active by introducing them to as much physical activity as possible to ensure their wellbeingWe also know that being your little one's social secretary and fitting everything in can be challenging for busy parents who don’t seem to have enough hours in the day!We have put together some tips to help make visiting us here at Balance & Beam as stress free as possible:Use our party room, it is a great quiet place for siblings to do homework whilst their brother/sister is in class.We have FREE WIFI at the gym if you need to catch up on any work whilst your child is in class. Feel free to use our plug sockets too.Parents/Carers, you can pop out of the gym once your child is in class if you need to attend to any errands or pick up some shopping from Festival ParkYou can use our party room facilities to prepare your children’s tea (microwave, kettle etc.) Why not get your little one ready for bed at the gym.. A quick face wash, teeth brushed and PJs on and a favourite book ready for the journey home.And remember if your day has been a total disaster! Our coffee machine serves great coffee to help you de-stress and we are all great listeners if you need an ear to bend. 

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Top Tips for Busy Balance & Beam Parents

We all know we need to be encouraging our children to be active by introducing them to as much physical activity as possible to ensure their wellbeingWe also know that being your little one's social secretary and fitting everything in can be challenging for busy parents who don’t seem to have enough hours in the day!We have put together some tips to help make visiting us here at Balance & Beam as stress free as possible:Use our party room, it is a great quiet place for siblings to do homework whilst their brother/sister is in class.We have FREE WIFI at the gym if you need to catch up on any work whilst your child is in class. Feel free to use our plug sockets too.Parents/Carers, you can pop out of the gym once your child is in class if you need to attend to any errands or pick up some shopping from Festival ParkYou can use our party room facilities to prepare your children’s tea (microwave, kettle etc.) Why not get your little one ready for bed at the gym.. A quick face wash, teeth brushed and PJs on and a favourite book ready for the journey home.And remember if your day has been a total disaster! Our coffee machine serves great coffee to help you de-stress and we are all great listeners if you need an ear to bend. 

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Balance & Beam ...so much more than a gymnastic class!

Balance & Beam have spent the last 13 years empowering 100s of children. Giving them the confidence to try new skills, confidently interact with their peers and learn to follow instruction. All this is great preparation for pre-school / nursery and also helps older children settle into a classroom environment.Our classes are carefully planned to help each child develop irrelevant of their ability as we treat all our members as individuals and embrace the smallest of achievement of every child. All the Balance & Beam team love what they do which means all our classes are taught in a fun environment. Safety is paramount in everything that we do and your child’s wellbeing both emotionally and physically is the main aim and focus of our programme. Being a member of our wonderful Balance & Beam family means your child will always be treated with respect and we will work with you to help your little person be the very best that they can be.Our programme is a positive learning and development environment for children from 4 months to 12 years as we believe it is never too early to introduce your child to physical active lifestlye.We have lots of class options to fit in with busy family schedules , so book a FREE trial session today and see for yourself just how fantastic our classes are.Balance & Beam Helping little people cartwheel into a Happy Healthy Life

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Easter Holiday Camps Running Tuesday 23rd April - Friday 26th April

Eggbert and the Dinosaur AdventuresAbout our Holiday Camp AdventuresOur amazing action packed, fun filled, exciting and safe OFSTED Registered Easter School Holiday Camps.Eggbert is an unhatched egg… Come and join us and find out if he will he be a fluffy chick or an undiscovered dinosaur?Egg-cited to find out more about our T-Rex-cellent camps ? All you need to know is listed belowCamps will run on Tuesday 23rd to Friday 26th April and are open to both members and non-members.Every day is different which means everyone ALWAYS has lots of fun and we never hear those famous words "I’m bored" at our camps!AM CAMP 9.30am-12.30pmEach camp starts with a 1 hour 15 minutes gym session which is fully instructor lead. Group activities give all the children time to settle in and get acquainted. We then have group games and lots of fun time to try out our full size gymnastic equipment in our purpose built, bright & colourful gym. After all the fun, it’s on into our party room for 45 minutes to recharge batteries with a freshly prepared healthy snack which typically consists of buttered toast, crumpets, bagels and toasted tea-cakes and fresh fruit served with either water or juice. (Food allergies are catered for on request)All the children then get involved in a themed craft activity which will be so fantastic it will get pride of place on your fridge at home.Then it’s back into the gym for another hour of instructor led gym fun and games.So that’s our action packed morning camp. ( If you are collecting your little ones at lunch time be prepared for tears because they want to stop all day ! )LUNCH TIME 12.30 till 1.30.If children are staying with us all day we then have our lunch break . This is a supervised FREE hour where children go into our party room to eat their own packed lunch. Staff are on hand to open lunch boxes, crisp packets, yoghurts or anything else that is proving challenging for little hands.  We can provide a Subway Kidspak with them being right next door to us (pre-order is essential on drop off and at an extra cost of £3.00)We then encourage children to take some quiet time to do a word search, read a book or do some colouring. This will always be fully supervised and is a great opportunity for children to make new friends.PM CAMP 1.30pm-4.30 Our afternoon session is based on the same timeframe as the morning but will be a totally different session to ensure everyone is stimulated and has lots of fun. Our afternoon snack is normally fresh fruit, raisins, a yogurt or jelly and some crisps with either water or juice.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 need childcare for the full week then be assured they will get to meet lots of new friends each day; and explore different activities day in and day out.Our Camps Details Morning (9:30am - 12:30pm) Afternoon (1:30pm - 4:30pm) Both (9:30m - 4:30pm) Half Day £22 Full Day £44Early/Late PickupEarly Drop off (8:30am -9:30am) (+£3.00) Early Drop Lunchtime (12.30pm- 1.30pm) (+£3.00) Late Pick Up (4:30pm - 5:00pm) (+£3.00) Subway Lunch (+£3.00) Members Discount Code appliesTo book your camps Click Here

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Book Your Free Trial NOW For Our Spring Term + Prices

Our Spring term started at the end of February and runs through to 28th July 2019.Classes are already really busy but please DO send us an enquiry NOW especially for our parent/child & pre-school classes; our little people have so much fun and we want more of them to have even more fun!Price options for the Spring term following a free taster session from w/c 29th April are as follows:£173.85 for 12 Classes in full  Or£90 Deposit + one further payment of £83.85 in one month's time (from joining)Or choose our instalment option:£85 Deposit + 2 further monthly payments of £51.50Annual family membership of £35 applies - 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 plus other member discounts & benefitsFor 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 listen / 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 info@balanceandbeam.co.uk to book your free trial or for more information

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

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.

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Next Messy Play Date to be announced shortly

Our 'Let's Get Messy' craft sessions are held at Balance & Beam in our party roomOne hour creative craft sessions are for our under 4s Parent/child activity with everything supplied by us. Different weekly activities with all the messy stuff here & not in your own home!!Free juice & biccys provided afterwardsFree to Balance & Beam VIP / Goldcard holders£5.50 non membersFor more information please contact us on 01782 214452 or by email info@balanceandbeam.co.uk to book in

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Read & Rumble - New date to be announced shortly

Our next Read and Rumble themed event date in May will be announced shortlyLots of fun with stories and rhymes first and then and great parent/child interactive gym session followed by refreshments afterwards for the kids including juice (or water) and biscuits and Tea/coffee and biscuits for mums and dads to finish.Read & Rumble sessions are suitable for children from 6 months up to 4 years and open to both members and non-members. The cost of this special event is £7.50 for allTo Book or for more information please call 01782 214452 or email: info@balanceandbeam.co.uk www.facebook.com/balanceandbeam

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How Much Exercise is Enough?

Do you know how much physical activity your child needs to stay healthy?All children including babies should be helped and encouraged by parents and carers to be physically active every day.Exercise is important for good health for EVERYONE. Our body was designed to move every day. With well over 200 joints, our bodies can do so much more than sit looking at a TV, phone or computer screen! Let’s Get Our Little People MovingUnder 5 year oldsIt is really important for our under 5s to be physically active every day.Daily physical activity promotes the healthy growth and development of babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. As parents and carers we should be encouraging any physical activities to these little people, including light and more energetic activity.For children aged 5 years and above It is recommended that these children do at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day – this can range from moderate to vigorous activity.It is important that these activities include exercise that helps strengthen muscles and bones. As parents we should also limit the time our children spend sitting and being sedentary, this includes watching TV, playing computer games and travelling by car when they could walk or ride a bike.By encouraging our children to be active for at least 60 minutes a day we are helping our children on the path to better general health, stronger bones and muscles, and higher levels of self-esteem. How much physical exercise is enough?BabiesToddlersAll children aged under 5Children 5 years and older Did You Know… Children who exercise are more likely to keep exercising as adults Exercise helps children achieve and maintain a healthy body weight Regular physical activity helps build and maintain strong, healthy muscles, bones and joints Exercise improves the quantity and quality of sleep Children who exercise have greater self-esteem and a better self-image Exercise helps improve motor coordination and enhances the development of various motor performance skills AND FINALLY…Children who are active report fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression and a better overall moodAt Balance & Beam…We Believe…All Children are special and should be treated as individuals Every one of our members are praised and encouraged throughout their class. Our Child Development Programme is designed to empower children in every area of their development, working on both their social and physical development. Children learn to share, turn take and follow instruction, all skills that will help them in all walks of their lives.We Praise… Every Achievement is an amazing achievementThe physical part of our programme is delivered through fun, non-competitive gymnastics where children develop at their own pace with lots of positive feedback and no pressure. We praise the smallest of achievements because we know what may be a small achievement for one child can be a massive one for another.We Know…Every one of our classes should be FUN, FUN, FUN for EVERY child!When children enjoy an activity, they want to do more of it. Doing a regular exercise improves their abilities and helps them feel good and proud about their achievements, especially when their effort is noticed and praised. We are Unique…There is no one else locally doing what we doSecuring a place for your child on our wonderful programme is giving them a fantastic opportunity. Children who are introduced to a fun physical activity which they enjoy doing from an early age are more likely to go on to develop a love of exercise and being active that will last a lifetime. Why not book your free taster session now to see what you're missing out on?!

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Come Try Our Baby Exercise Classes@Balance & Beam Gymnastics

Why not come along to one of our Ladybugs/Baby Exercise Classes for little people from just 4 months!Small enough to hold in your arms.Big enough to fill your life…That’s the little people we call our LadybugsEven the tiniest of babies should be doing regular physical exercise. Our Ladybugs are a parent/child session and are a great way to help your child build physical skills in a fun, non-threatening environment and also help parents and carers understand just what their little buddle of fun is capable of.With different weekly themes, each class helps to develop motor skill ability whilst incorporating music, gymnastics, games, balls & bubbles with active parent participation & support.Our classes are held on Friday at 11.30am so If you have a little person aged 4 months to walking call us on 01782 214452 and book your FREE trial session NOW

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