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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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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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What to expect when you book a Balance & Beam Birthday Party!

FUN, FUN AND MORE FUN THAT'S WHATIf 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 really 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 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 all napkins, plates, cups and juice You can choose to either bring your own party food or pay an addition catering fee for us to do it all for you. 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 food even if you have prepared it yourself.Our party hosts serve the food, present and then cut your birthday cake ready to pop it into your party bags.And BEST OF ALL we do all the cleaning up.All your party guests leave with a balloon and the Birthday STAR will get a T-Shirt from us as a special thank you for choosing Balance & Beam for their special birthday celebration destination. Price Information for a 1 hour 30 mins partyMembers… £200 up to 12 guestsNon-Members… £230 up to 12 guestsExtra ½ Hour… £50** Additional Children up to a max of 28 are at £9 per headAddition Party Food Package..£7.50Reserve your party slot NOW

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Group Bookings for Pre Schools, Primary Schools & Clubs

Are you looking for a stress free activity for your school group visit?Our school group activity sessions are a great opportunity to get children out of the classroom enjoying some physical fun.Group visits are ideal as a school reward day or a team building day for childrenWe are OFSTED registered and a full risk assessment policy will be provided for every visit. We can accommodate groups of up to 30 children and these visits are suitable for primary school children up to year 3. Your visit will be led by our fully qualified instructors ensuring activities are always safe structured and suitable for each individual group visit. Each of our sessions will help children develop motor skills, with activities such as running, jumping, skipping, hopping and galloping.Children will be given the opportunity to experience all the equipment in the gym. Learning how to do forward rolls and trying cartwheels on the mats. Building muscle strength on the bars with swings, hangs and rotations and trying skills on the beam.All this is achieved in a fun filled hour and a half session.Our school group visits are also a great opportunity for teaching staff to pick up ideas for their own physical activity sessions within school At the end of each visit all the children will be served juice /or water and biscuits.Our fun group visits are also suitable for clubs such as cubs, brownies, football teams etc.For more information please email Yvonne@balanceandbeam.co.uk or call 01782 214452

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Activity Camps

School Holiday Camps at Balance & BeamOur OFSTED registered fully supervised full and half day themed activity camps are the perfect solution to your child care needs. Designed to stimulate physical fitness and develop motor skills all whilst having lots of FUN. Craft breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon provide time for children to get creative and also give them time to recharge their batteries with a healthy snack. Every camp is different, so we never hear those famous words “ I’m bored”. Fun and exciting themes give children the opportunity to try out all of our gymnastics equipment, make new friends and get involved in lots of group games and activities, meaning you can confidently book your little ones into several camps with our guarantee that you will be collecting happy little people at the end of each session.Camps are available to both members and non-members and suitable for children from 3-10 years. We accept childcare vouchers or tax free credits and you can book camps online with the option to include early drop offs and late pickups or Subway lunchpack.It will be FUN FUN FUNClick here to book online

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Vacancy for 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! (We are not a soft play centre) 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: upon applicationRequired experience:Experience in gymnastics / coaching: 3 yearsLevel One Qualification in Artisitic Gymnastics (or similar) would be advantageous but not essential however, knowledge of gymnastic skill progression is

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Why Not Give That Special Little Person The Best Start in Life with one of out Gift Vouchers

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

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Helping little people cartwheel into a happy healthy life

New term classes 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.Children from the age of 4 months to 12 years can develop motor skill ability, gain confidence through the development of social and emotional skills and boost physical fitness and strength.To register your interest in our new 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.

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