Dear MembersIt is with deep regret, due to the Government’s latest announcement on Friday evening, 20th March that I must close my facilities from now for the foreseeable futureI am so sorry for everyone that it has come to this and I hope it’s not for too longI wish you all the very best and urge you to take care, stay safe and act responsbily during this stressful timeI hope with all my heart that I see you all again soon Sincerely Yvonne x
Important Health Update – Thursday, 19th MarchIn light of the most recent Government guidelines & Health England to close all schools, nurseries and private child-care facilities for the majority of children from the end of this week these are the actions we are proposing to take for now.Classes for the remainder of this week WILL run as normal with the following time amendments to the current timetable, this is to allow for extra time in between classes for exit time to keep the lobby freeCan I also request that only one parent bring their child to enable social distancing.Our stringent hand washing / hand sanitizing system will still be in force on entry to the buildingPlease do not arrive more than 5 minutes before your class start timesCLASS TIMESThursday, 19th March:Wiggly Worms4.10pmJumping Jacks5.20pmFlic Flacs6.30pmFriday, 20th MarchCaterpillars:9.30amLadybirds:10.30amLadybugs:11.30amButterflies:12.30pmWiggly Worms:4.00pmJumping Jacks:5.10pmSaturday, 21st March:Ladybirds:8.40amCaterpillars:9.35amButterflies:10.30amWiggly Worms:11.40amCrazy Friends:12.50pmFlic Flacs:2.00pmJumping Jacks:3.10pmCrazy Jacks:4.15pmSunday Classes as normalOf course, health, safety and wellbeing of all our members is paramount and at this time, we all need to take the necessary precautions to protect the vulnerable and at risk groups, so if you would prefer not to attend classes then we respect your decisions Please let me reassure you that your classes will not be lost and your space in class will be secure and we will continue to monitor the situation and update you regularly on how we intend to move forwardFrom next week, we are considering offering a skeleton daily timetable of classes for those parents who wish their children to have the option to engage in structured physical exercise whilst they are not able to attend school and we are working on options to give you this facility over the next week and I will get an email out to you during the course of Friday, 20th MarchAgain, for any members who would prefer to bank their sessions then this option is available to youPlease let us know if you would either like to:ATTEND CLASSES – I would be interested in a revised class timetableBANK CLASSES – Please bank my classesWe will of course continue to communicate further via email, facebook and our website as Government advice & guidelines changeYours sincerelyYvonne
COVID-19 What we are doingDear MembersAs a valued customer we wanted to update you and reassure you on the important steps we are taking to help minimise the spread of Coronavirus / COVID-19.We are continuing 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:In line with Government guidance, we are continuing to operate as usual. We will continue to keep in touch with you and follow official guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England carefully. 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!We will of course update you with any changes
Dear AllAs a small business, the well-being and safety of our Members & their families is our first priority. The following are actions we are taking, in light of the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) news. We will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis, along with our Health and Safety partners and the local health authority. We are also closely monitoring Public Health UK guidance and will provide prompt updates should the situation change.In line with guidance provided by the health authorities, we have further reinforced our cleanliness measures, including but not limited to: Increased daytime cleaning to sanitize all high-frequency touchpoints, in addition to our regular stringent cleaning procedures. End of Day cleaning that sanitizes all door handles, light switches, taps, toilets, high traffic areas, including all equipment in the gym Ensuring hand sanitizing dispensers are filled and available to all members. Hand wash Procedure Posters around the gym to drive awareness to wash & sanitize hands regularly All staff must wash hands regularly and sanitize their hands before & after each class As of today’s date we are requesting that all members, parents & children, attending classes, wash their hands / sanitize on arrival and we would appreciate parental assistance when their child visits the toilets to ensure their hands are properly washed before returning into the gym.For more information on preventative measures, health updates and additional information about COVID-19, please visit: Public Health England - www.gov.uk
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
Fantastic March Party Deals at Balance & BeamBook one of our fantastic parties for your little superstar in March to take any time in 2020 and you can upgrade your party to include our Fun TumbleTrack for JUST £25 extra.Don't miss out, our party slots fill up really quickly!. Call us now to discuss your requirementsWe guarentee our parties are fun for everyone! The birthday star and all their friends will have the gym to themselves for the duration of their party and you just sit back and relax knowing the Balance & Beam team will take care of everything from set up to clean up.Find out more about our Amazing Private Parties and reserve your date NOW.About our fantastic parties!
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.
Members, part of your membership package is FREE parking on Waterworld carpark whilst your little one is in their class.Please remember to qualify for this benefit you need to input your correct vehicle registration number into the tablet in our lobby EVERY time you come to class. It is your responsibility to register your vehicle at every visit to the gym.Failure to comply will result in parking penalty tickets being issued.
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!
Sport Relief Week…Monday 9th to Sunday 15th MarchSport Relief brings the nation together to raise money through the power of sport. Since 2018 it has helped 13 million people across the UK and around the world.Here at Balance & Beam we aim to raise lots of money with the help of all our members, their parents, carers and grandparents.We have some great fun challenges all week for everyone. So, Come on guys…We got this!Let’s smash it for SPORT RELIEF
“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”
“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”
“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.”
“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) ”
“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”
“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!!”
“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 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 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”
“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 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 ”
“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”
“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” ”