Ivanhoe/Preston More about GymbaROO Babyroo: For babies from 6
weeks of age
GymbaROO Free Play – We begin each session
In this precious quality time with
with free explorative play on our gym
your baby, you learn how to provide
Centre Location: equipment. sensory motor activities that help
Bellfield Community Centre your infant to learn more about
Cnr Oriel Rd & Banksia St, Mat Time – To commence mat time, themselves and their world, so that
Bellfield Melway map 31D4 we blow lots of bubbles for the their brain can amass important
children to come and watch while we information on which later learning is
then sing our welcome song followed so dependent. Activities include
Manager: Merrin Bradbury- stimulating babies by singing,
by co-ordinated movement to music,
Butler massage, exercises, music, dancing
(B.Ed. Studs.;Dip.Teach Early Child.Ed.; Lic. Mus essential skills, songs and rhymes,
and using the special large equipment
Ed.) group dance, massage, vestibular
for our babies. Our babies are
activity and use of small equipment. divided into 2 classes:
Phone : 0438 1800 87
We talk about our special Non-Mobile Babies
visualization theme for the week. A special class for younger babies.
This theme is in the treasure bag and Mobile Babies
the children receive a stamp on their For tummy or hands and knees
right hand and foot. Each term crawlers.
What is GymbaROO? follows a theme and each week we GymbaROO for one year olds
An exciting, safe environment in which
learn songs and rhymes that follow
Gymbaroo is a parent/child education children can experiment and explore.
With parents there, this age group
program run by qualified teachers. The Equipment Time – We have a hall feel secure, but have the
program offers classes of age appropriate filled with large equipment that has independence to try out the fun new
weekly sessions for babies as young as 6 been especially designed and made activities, learning about space and
weeks to children of 5 years. The classes for young children. Children practice balance. At about 18 mths climbing
enable parents to be actively involved in their coordination skills e.g. climbing, starts to dominate their activities,
their child’s development. balancing, sliding, tumbling, rocking, and this is the perfect place to learn
hanging. Younger children will use to climb safely.
Children learn more in their first few GymbaROO for two year olds
this time as a valuable exploration
years than in any other time of their lives. Greater concentration and the desire
time. They will be experimenting
to practise new skills of running,
Recent research has shown that with their bodies and learning about jumping, balancing and climbing, enable
appropriate learning experiences and spatial awareness and their own our two year olds to tackle most of
stimulating activities in these early years capabilities. The staff are nearby, the equipment independently. The
can have a positive impact on a child’s ready to offer guidance and teach two and a half year olds refine
entire life. GymbaROO offers a broad new skills. movement with finger and action
range of experiences within a loving and Older children enjoy the challenge of songs. At mat time, exciting
caring and supportive environment. We following instructions and practising challenges encourage them to use
aim to encourage happy and bright right and left automatically.
new movement experiences as well as
children who love learning and are given GymbaROO for three, four and five
skill development at perceptual
every opportunity to reach their full motor stations. At this age most children are
potential in life. What more could Music and Parachute Time- Each confident to leave their parents’ side
parents ask for? week we play with a different to enjoy the Sensory Perceptual
percussion instrument. Then our big Motor Program. This program
Of course, above all, GymbaROO is lots colourful parachute comes out for challenges the children and refines
and lots of fun. Children love it. Parents children to lie under and relax while their skills of jumping, throwing,
love it. There is nothing quite as parents wave it up and down. Older balancing etc. with control. Co-
rewarding as being actively involved with operative games and advanced co-
children also learn group cooperation
your child’s development. You watch them ordination skills extend this age .
as we use other concepts with the
This requires children to motor plan
brighten with excitement and participate parachute. i.e. think and move at the same time.
with enthusiasm as you help them We sing our Goodbye song and the This is a necessary skill for school
experience the pure joy of learning. children take home their visualization readiness.
book with their theme word and
picture for the week.