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

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! 

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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 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.

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FREE Parking for our Members

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.

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Fun Filled School Holiday Gymnastics Camps at Balance & Beam

HOLIDAY CAMPS ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DURING THIS PERIOD - SORRYWhen we do get back to normal here's some more information....Is your little one ALWAYS  bursting with energy?Are you looking for FUN FILLED quality child care during the school holiday?Then our school holiday gymnastic themed camps are the place to be!!OFSTED Registered. All staff are DBS checked. Child Care Vouchers Accepted.Suitable for Children 3-10 yearsA DAY AT CAMP WITH USAM Camp 9.30am-12.30pmPM Camp 1.30pm-4.30pmCamp starts with a 1 hour 15 minutes fully instructor led gym session. Group activitie 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. We can provide a Kids Nutribox or Subway Kidspak (pre-order is essential) and is 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 need childcare for the full 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 here! 

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Vacancy for Enthusiastic Gymnastics Instructor - Weekday Evenings

Are you an energetic, self-motivated, conscientious individual seeking a fun and challenging opportunity working with children by teaching motor skill development through gymnastics based classes? If so, you may be just the person we’re looking for!  The position would suit an ex-gymnast or University student looking for some evening workDetails of the PostWe are always on the look out for hard working, dependable individuals to help our business grow! Instructors will be responsible for teaching non-competitive gymnastics classes to Pre-School and Primary School age children, You will be working with a dynamic team of individuals who are committed to providing outstanding customer service and a membership experience for children and parents that is second to none.Evenings are required from 4.00pm - 7.30pm. Full training will be provided and there are excellent opportunities for career growth and advancement.Typical responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following:• Delivering the high standards of our gymnastics based developmental programme.• Know and understand our philosophy and programme• Communicate information correctly and professionally to parents• Conduct high quality classes whilst ensuring they are high energy and fun• Providing excellent customer service and building student enrolmentA background in child development, physical education, sports, gymnastics or drama is certainly a plus as is customer service experience.About Balance & BeamBalance & Beam Gymnastics has been trading since 2006 & are setting the standard for progressive motor-skill development, by providing children with a foundation of confidence through non-competitive, gymnastics-based programmes. Our Parent/Child, Pre-School and Primary School classes are all taught in a fun, safe and nurturing environment, which encourages children to develop at their own pace building confidence & self-esteem.If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please forward *details of your experience*in a covering email together with your contact information and CV to:Yvonne Shuttleworth Gym Director Balance & Beam Gymnastics Festival Way Stoke on Trent ST1 5PUwww.balanceandbeam.co.ukJob Type: Part-timeSalary: NMLWRequired experience: Experience in gymnastics / coaching: 2 years Level One Qualification in Artisitic Gymnastics (or similar) would be advantageous but not essential however, knowledge of gymnastic skill progression is

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Alphabet Challenge

Have some fun with our Alphabet Challenge 

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

Balance & Beam have spent the last 14 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. With parents placing a real emphasis on the health and development of their children, our classes combine gymnastics, motor skill abilities and above all, fun.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 child development programme is a positive learning  environment for children from just 4 months to 12 years as we believe it is never too early to introduce your child to physical active lifestyle.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.To register your interest in our classes, please call us on 01782 214452 or email via our contact page by clicking here and we'll be in touch very shortly.Oh and remember to let us know if you would like a free trial class for your child - be quick!To view current class timetable please click here.Balance & Beam Helping little people cartwheel into a Happy Healthy Life

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Book your FREE trial session and see how exercise Benefits the Smallest of Children!

Exercise Benefits the Smallest of Children!Fun Filled Parent & Child classes at Balance & Beam...The earlier babies, toddlers, and pre-school children get introduced to daily exercise, the better the likelihood of healthy development in later life.Infancy and the toddler years are the time that the brain is developing pathways and connections to the muscles. Children who do not get enough exercise may miss out on the chance to make the strong kinds of brain-muscle connections that make physical activity easier and more enjoyable. As children grow and mature, it is this physical competence that makes exercise more likely to become a fun and life-long habit.Our professionally planned child development programme is suitable for babies from just 4 months old and is carefully designed to help both children and parents/carer. Parents are shown the correct way to support their child during each fun filled session, learning exercises that they can replicate at home, meaning little ones are getting the exercise that they NEED every day to help them stay healthy. It is really important for all children to be sociable as this will help them develop vital social skills important for their development. During each session babies and small children will be exposed to other children who they see enjoying fun physical activity. This means small children will associate exercise with having fun and this helps a child develop a love of physical fun and sport.Visiting Balance & Beam is as stress free as it can be with a little person in tow. We have full changing facilities, microwave, kettle, comfy seating and a great coffee machine.

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Global Epidemic of Childhood Inactivity

A recent study show shocking statistics. Worldwide children are now weaker, do less exercise and are less fit than in the past.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/education-51194309We must act now to ensure our children are introduced to a physical lifestyle as soon as possible, meaning they will then be less exposed to illnesses and problems associated to a sedentary lifestyle.

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British Gymnastics Awards Scheme - 3 years +

British Gymnastics Awards (3 + years) All children, age 3 years +, are assessed throughout their regular class and work towards the British Gymnastics Awards. These includes A, B, & C Pre School Awards (3 – 5 years) and 8 – 1 Proficiency Awards (5 years +) and Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Children do not know they are being assessed and no pressure is put on any child. Parents can opt in or out of the awards scheme at any time. British Gymnastics Awards are presented to children during our ‘Show Week’ Classes along with a Balance & Beam Certificate of Achievement which every child will receive. (Irrelevant of whether they are participating in the British Gymnastics Awards Scheme)As our members progress through the badges, required skills to pass become trickier! We therefore try and include these skills into our name activities, warm ups and stretches where possible. We also give little homework slips out to the children who want to practice at home.The team are always available to discuss the awards system, and which badge each child will be working towards.

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