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Our Covid Kids

Our Wonderful Covid KidsToday’s children will forever be the “Covid Generation”.The coronavirus pandemic is the biggest global upheaval of our age. The pandemic brought challenges, disruption and uncertainty to all our lives and none more so than our children.Their futures depend on the choices we make for them now.Life is now getting back to normal and we are all rebuilding our lives. Children are generally resilient to change and hopefully will now be loving life as all children should, BUT we can not forget what these amazing little people have missed out on.Babies born after March 2020 may never have met anyone other than their parents during the pandemic! So interaction with others was non-existent. Our toddlers and young children did not have the opportunity to spend time with friends developing vital emotional and social skills. This has had a big impact on their development.Children Thrive on Routine and StructureHere at Balance & Beam we are now seeing the impact that the pandemic has had. Children are taking longer to adjust to their new class or settle in after a holiday break from the gym. They can be more wary of teachers and find it difficult to concentrate and/or follow instruction and bonding with their peers can be challenging for them.Getting back to normal life, interacting with other people is vital.That is why supporting our young member’s wellbeing has never been more important to us.We know that keeping active is a vital part of every child’s mental and physical health and can also improve behaviour and concentration.We focus on all elements of a child's development here at Balance & Beam. Professionally designed sessions work on the physical, cognitive and social-emotional development of children. We have worked incredibly hard to welcome both existing and new members back, helping children to be fit and healthy in a fun and engaging way, whilst also keeping them safe.We are already working closely with several parents to help their child adjust and settle in. If you have any concerns regarding your child or their class and how they are settling in, all the team are here to help.We are looking forward to working with you to ensure that these amazing Covid generation kids Cartwheel into a Happy Healthy LifePlease feel free to forward this email on to any friends or family who have a little person - we would love to welcome them to our happy family 

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Fun Filled Activity/Gymnastics Camps at Balance & Beam

MAY HALF TERM HOLIDAY CAMPS - Jungle Gym is already being plannedGet ready for lots of super fun this May half term with our fun & action packed holiday camps.  We're ready to take your bookings online so please head over to the Holiday Camp Booking Page to see what days we're running them & how to book in and More importantly make sure you do it sooner rather than later whilst we still have space.....here's some important information about our camps....SERIOUS WARNING: Only attend our camps if your child is ALWAYS  bursting with energy and looking for FUN, FUN, FUN!!!!!!We offer excellent, high energy, fun filled child care during the school holidays?We're OFSTED Registered & our staff are DBS checked. We also accept Child Care Vouchers / Tax Free Credits.Suitable for Children 3-10 yearsWHAT DOES A DAY AT CAMP WITH US LOOK LIKE?AM Camp 9.30am-12.30pmPM Camp 1.30pm-4.30pmCamp starts with a 1 hour 15 minutes fully instructor led gym session. Group activities give all the children time to settle in and get acquainted. Then group games and fun time to try out our full size gymnastic equipment. After that, it’s on into our party room for 45 minutes to recharge batteries with a freshly prepared healthy snack. (Food allergies are catered for on request) Children are encouraged to get creative in a themed craft activity too. Then it’s back into the gym for another hour of instructor led gym fun and games If children are staying with us all day, lunch break is from 12.30 till 1.30. This is a supervised FREE hour where children go into our party room to eat their own packed lunch or Pre-Ordered Subway Kidspak (charged extra at £3.00)   We then encourage children to take some quiet time. This will always be fully supervised and is a great opportunity for children to make new friends. So that's a typical day at one of our amazing camps. We guarantee your little people will leave Balance & Beam exhilarated, happy and probably shattered.Each camp day is different, so if you want to do the odd half or full day or 2 or 3 days per week, rest assured they will get to meet lots of new friends each day; and explore different activities day in and day out.So that’s our action packed Half Day Camp!Find out more & book here! 

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Spring Term 2022 Information + Prices

Our Spring term has just started which means we've opened up our wait lists.  We've had over 85% of our members re-enrol so there's not many spaces up for grabs BUT if you are on the WAIT LIST then we will make contact with you shortly should we have space in the particular class you are waiting for. We have spaces in our week day parent/child classes and our after school classes  for 4 - 5 year olds so please do get in touch if you have a new enquiry.We'd love you to see how much fun we DO have on a weekly basis by offering you a free trial session in one of our regular classes, spaces permittingThe price for the full term which starts 25th April until end July is £201.50.  Fees are pro-rated as and when you join, depending on spaces in class & we also offer instalment options to spread the payments over the termIf you're a new member, you will also need to pay our Annual family membership of £35 - which covers you for insurance in the gym for the whole year and gives you the ability to swap & change classes should you have to cancel through illness or holidays, free parking at Waterworld plus other member discounts & benefits.  House-keeping UpdateAs you will probably be aware all Covid 19 restrictions have been lifted (as of 24th February 2022) but we will still continue with our stringent housekeeping regime of sanitising daily and we would like to still sanitise on entry to the building for as long as possible.  If you still feel vulnerable please feel free to wear your Facemask.  If you have any please do not hesitate to let us know by sending us an emailWe'd love you to become part of our amazing Balance & Beam family.With classes starting at 4 months old there's no better time to get your little person into a social environment and encouraging them to interact in our classes post Covid-19.For term time & class information please go to – Parent child (4 months - 3 years), Pre-school (3 years - 6 years), Primary School (6+ years)To book your free trial class or for further information please call us on 01782 214452 or fill in the Contact Form https://www.balanceandbeam.co.uk/contactClick through to our Youtube channel to watch some of our videos & see some of our testimonials www.youtube.com/balanceandbeamCheck out our facebook page to see what we get up to in class & read our testimonials. www.facebook.com/balanceandbeamPlease contact us on 01782 214452 or by email to book your free trial or for more information

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Birthday Parties at Balance & Beam - Book Now !

Our parties are back in full swing now and to make sure you have THE best time ever, we have introduced 3 new packages.  Remember all our Birthday Party Packages are Private which means you have the whole building just to yourselves and better still, our fully trained gymnastics coaches will take care of the children in the gym whilst you sit back and watch from the lobby areas with a cup of coffee with your family & friends 😊They are FUN, FUN, FUN!We are now booking into May, June & July - Make sure you don't leave it too late to reserve your slot!!To check availability send us an email with your requested date and we'll get back to you straight away Parents can drop their child off & go once we've taken all their details or they can stay to watch all the fun.  All we do ask is that if you are leaving, make sure you come back to pick them up. Obviously if your child is under 3 then parent participation is still required, so you're not going anywhere LOL!  😝All children are still signed in to the gym to comply with our Health & Safety proceduresOur party room can accommodate upto 30 children We've previously been voted No#2 Party Venue for North Staffordshire and we love to host YOUR parties so please don't leave it too late to find out about our fabulous, bespoke birthday parties here - we are experts in catering to the age of your children. Parties slots are held on Sundays from 10.00amPrices Start at:Members… £220 up to 10 guests - extra guests can be added onNon-Members… £250 up to 10 guests - extra guests can be added onTo see our party packages click here Email us to check availability If you've made your way down to here then you're interested, so here's some more reasons why you need to book your party here.WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU BOOK A BALANCE & BEAM BIRTHDAY! Balance & Beam’s parties have been voted one of the TOP PARTY VENUES in this area.Every one of our private parties are brilliantly organised and unique. We work with parents and grown ups to ensure their Balance & Beam Birthday Party is AWESUME for their child, totally STRESS FREE for them and FUN, FUN, FUN for everyone.We give you a 100% guarantee that everything will be just perfect for your little one’s special day.From the moment you and your party guests enter our bright and colourful, spotlessly clean gym our fully trained and experienced party hosts will take care of everything, meaning you just sit back and enjoy watching everyone having a fabulous time.About a Balance & Beam Birthday PartyFirst and foremost, CONTACT US NOW and reserve your party date… Our party slots book up quickly.Balance & Beam parties can be booked by both members and non-members.Our parties are suitable for 1-9 year olds and are completely instructor led by DBS checked, friendly & motivating staff.You will have exclusive use of our gym and all the facilities for the duration of your party.We can cater for mixed age group parties and create a party package that meets the needs of every child and their guests. We supply you with cute party invites that contain all the details about your Balance & Beam party.We will set up everything for you, including your own food. (We find that not too much food is best e.g.  one sandwich, crisps, fruit, a small cake or biscuit to finish & we'll provide juice & waterOur party hosts will make sure the children can get into everything.   We will also present your child with their Party cake & then cut it up and put it into your party bagsAnd BEST OF ALL we do all the cleaning up.All your party guests leave with a helium Balance & Beam balloon to say thank you for having your party with usReserve your party slot NOW

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M Swim in Partnership with Balance & Beam

Here at Balance & Beam we are proud to announce that we have partnered up with M Swim, a brand-new swimming school, who provide 5-star swimming lessons across the city. Lessons will take place at Waterworld’s tropical-themed pool (outside of opening hours) and in the dedicated learner pool at M Club Newcastle, which is perfect for those little swimmers who like it extra warm!M Swim’s qualified and friendly instructors will ensure that your children become competent, confident and happy little swimmers!  Please see their proposed timetable of classes below.M Club Newcastle Tuesdays 2.30pm- Baby/Toddler3pm- Baby/Toddler3.30pm- Baby/Toddler4pm- Beginners Class Wednesdays 10am- Baby/Toddler1.30pm- Baby/Toddler2.00pm- Baby/Toddler2.30pm- Baby/Toddler3pm- Baby/Toddler3.30pm- Baby/ToddlerSaturdays 1.30pm- Beginners2pm- Beginners 3.30pm- Improvers4.30pm- Improvers5pm- ImproversWaterworld Mondays 6pm - Improvers6.30pm Beginners 7pm- ImproversTuesdays 4pm- Beginners6.30pm- Improvers7pm- ImproversFor more information please head over to their website M Swim - M Club Spa & FitnessAnd for more information about accessing your exclusive Balance & Beam discount, email scg@waterworld.co.uk and a member of the M Swim team will be in touch to further discuss your swimming requirements.

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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.If we are coming to the end of term, you will be allowed to carry 2 cancelled classes forward to the new term AS LONG AS you have re-enrolled & paid for the new term.  Unfortunately we can not allow carry forward classes but will make every attempt to fit your catch up classes during the current term. 

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Some Amazing Facts About Gymnastics

We've recently connected with Ellie, a Level 2 Artistic Gymnastics Coach and blogger over at Gymnastips.co.uk.Gymnastics has always been her passion, and we thought it would be great sharing some of her tips and hints she's learnt having been coaching for over a decade.There's several articles she wrote on the amazing benefits of gymnastics AND she'd love to share these with us here at Balance & Beam Gymnastics https://gymnastips.co.uk/blog/benefits-of-gymnastics/Have a look at her site and let us (and her) know what you thinkYvonne

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Balance & Beam Awards Scheme

We're now into our 2nd term of running our own in-house Awards Scheme for children from 3 years and up.  They have been very well received and it's exciting to see that we are now starting to move through the Awards with lots of our existing members moving onto Badge 7 (primary school awards) and our Hippo Badge (pre school)Badge week marking will take place w/c 1st & 8th November ready for presentations at the end of this term w/c 13th December. We like to celebrate all achievements so as well as each child receiving an End of Term Certificate, if they have also chosen to receive our in-house awards they will be presented at the end of our Show Week at the same time.To clarifyFor our younger members (Age 3 - 5 Years) will be working on our Safari Awards starting with our Snake Award & then their 2nd Badge which is the Hippo Our 6 - 12 Year olds will be doing their Badge 8 & Badge 7 Our Advanced / Flic Flacs & Mini Flips Classes will be doing Badge 4 or Badge 3 Our High Flyers will be doing Badge 1 and/or Tumble Track AwardAll badge marking is done in our regular classes and built into our lesson planning so the children in the main most probably won't realise they are being assessed.  We may ask parents to help them with a specific skill at home, if they are not quite there yet but we will always let you know well in advance of them being presented to make sure we can tick that box to help them pass.Please let us know if you have any questions

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Looking for a great place to work?

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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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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