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Little Bugs to Big Birds

SS_Facebook_PC_LegUpBoys_4M-3Y_LOGO_800x800_ENOur youngest age groups at The Little Gym are developing so quickly. As teachers we notice these changes weekly; whether it’s as subtle as a 6 month old growing into those gorgeous cheeks or a confident 14 month old taking their first few steps, we love it! 

Each week for our Bugs (4-10 months) and Birds (10-18 months) classes, you’re along for the ride. You get to see how a developing, active child approaches new challenges, activities, skills and social situations throughout the 45 minutes and over the term. More importantly, you get to see how these new opportunities shape and impact their little lives outside of The Little Gym. 

If you've yet to experience a class at The Little Gym we'd love to have you come along and try us out! 
If you're not sure about what on earth a 4 month old can do at a class, don't worry, we get that question a lot! We could write a book on all the wonderful benefits of a Bugs or Birds class, instead we think you should pop along to one of our classes and experience it for yourself. 

Call us on 0113 3359915
Email leeds@thelittlegym.eu
We'd love to hear from you!

Term Has Begun!

SS_Facebook_PreK_PrekBoy_4M-3Y_HaHaHa_800x800_ENWe've had the best start to the term, it's so great to see all our members back after the summer break. 
All the children have grown up and grown so much taller in just 6 weeks; it's amazing what a little sunshine and ice cream can do! 

If you've not had chance to get your classes booked, don't worry, there is still time. Although a few of the classes are fully booked, we're sure there'll be one to suit you and your family. We can give you all in the information you need to be able to get booked in. 

Also, we do offer sibling discounts!! 

Don't hang around in getting booked in, these spaces won't be there long.

Call us on 0113 3359915
Email at leeds@thelittlegym.eu
Or find us on Facebook and send a message

Austhorpe Photography, thank you!

thumb_img_7435_1024We recently had a new family join us for their very first TLG class. After their experience Clare (the lovely mum) wrote a blog about her class and TLG journey. 

We're so overwhelmed with her kind words we wanted to share it with you... 

Head over to her blog and see what happens during your first time at The Little Gym

P.S We're also very impressed with her gorgeous photos too! 

1 Week to Go!!

1 week until classes startWith only 1 week to go until our Semester begins, have you got booked in and secured your spot? 

Already we have full classes and would hate for you to miss out! 
Here's the Semester 1 Schedule for you to pick the perfect class, time and day for your family. 

Classes run from 5th September through to the 12th February. With 21 weeks in total there's a lot of learning and Serious Fun to be had! 

If you've not yet chosen which class just get in touch. 
Call us on: 0113 3359915
Email us at: leeds@thelittlegym.eu
Or even find us on Facebook for more regular updates! 

Ready for the new term?

SS_Facebook_PreK_GirlJumping_4M-3Y_Yeah!_800x800_ENSummer seems to be flying by this year, we've had so much fun and hope you have too! 

Now's the time to start thinking about which activities your little one will begin (or continue with) in the new September term. Whether they're learning to sit, walk, roll, jump, handstand or even flip, we know we'll have the perfect class for you both. 

There are just two weeks left of the Summer 2017 term, classes and camps are continuing so if you're keen to discover a little more about what happens at The Little Gym then we'd love to hear from you. One of the team will be happy to help find your new class ready to begin on 4th September. 

Call us on 0113 3359915
Email us on leeds@thelittlegym.eu
Find us on Facebook and leave us a message 

August Special Offer

TLG_BirthdayGirl_CakeWe're excited to announce our August special offer for Birthday Parties at The Little Gym

Book a birthday party with us in the month of August to get £50 off the price
£200 for members / £250 for non members for 18 children (usually £250 / £300) 

Please note parties can be booked for dates throughout the year

Whether it's your child's 1st or 12th birthday, we can't wait to help make it the best yet! 

Call us, email us or pop in for more information


Summer Has Begun at The Little Gym

camp 1There's so much going on this summer and it's already begun! Don't miss out on camps and classes over the holidays, call us to book in or email to enquire. See you soon for Serious Summer Fun!

SUPER KIDS QUEST CAMP. 3-8 YEARS

With both morning and afternoon camps to choose from, Super Kids can join us on a specially planned quest. Children will be sailing Green Beards Pirate Ship and searching for clues to complete the quest in Foxhole Forest. We provide a snack and children will be placed into age appropriate groups for the time in the gym when necessary. Check the schedule here

SKILL THRILL CAMP. 5-12 YEARS
Does your child dream of cartwheeling? How about cartwheeling with one hand or no hands? What about a handstand or a back handspring? We will use games, break down skills, drills, preps and activities to ensure every child learns and progresses throughout the 3 hours with us. Check the schedule for Grade Camps here

CLASSES FOR CHILDREN 4MONTHS - 6 YEARS
We have a few select classes running over the summer holidays; especially for those not constrained to the summer holidays or children wanting to continue their gymnastics over the holidays we're here! Take a look at which classes we're running over the summer; Summer Classes at TLG Leeds

What's on this week?

20264882_1336812709765880_4641681595974067888_n_copyWhat's available this week? 

Camps this week are starting to fill up! Week 1 of our Summer 2017 term has been fantastic, with a brilliant buzzing atmosphere and children achieving massive skills, and breaking through some confidence barriers too (going into the gym by themselves for the first time, amazing!) 

If you're keen for your little (or big) one to come join us for a 3 hour camp, don't delay! Get in touch and let us know which day you would like to attend. The camps below have only a few spaces remaining!

Wednesday 2nd August 9.30am - limited spaces
(all other camps for the week have availability) 

Our classes have been very popular too this week! Don't forget we still have a few running over the summer, especially for our under 3's. Check here to see the schedule and what's available. 

Call us on 0113 3359915 or email leeds@thelittlegym.eu to book in! 

JOB VACANCY

HandingOutSmiles_EN_copyLOOKING TO USE YOUR GYMNASTICS SKILLS TO BENEFIT LOCAL CHILDREN?

Lead Instructor – Competitive package based on experience £15,000-£20,000
The Little Gym, the world's leading motor skills development programme for children aged 4 months to 12 years. TLG Leeds opened in 2016 and since then has grown rapidly. The programme uses gymnastics as a vehicle for teaching and developing motor skills together with exclusive music and activities including balls and games to help enhance physical, emotional, perceptual, social and cognitive development.

Classes are taught by highly qualified and rigorously trained staff, in a safe but challenging and fun environment. Children at The Little Gym are encouraged to develop in a non-competitive environment thus building their self-confidence and laying the foundations for success in all aspects of their future lives.

The Little Gym of Leeds opened in 2016 and are now looking to build on an already strong team to help continue the growth and build the business. The role of Lead Instructor requires a physically fit, energetic and enthusiastic team player.

A full-time role, the appointed Lead Instructor will assist the Programme Director with all aspects of the weekly lesson plans. They will personally spend the majority of their time delivering curriculum based classes to children. They will also be involved in marketing to potential customers and assisting in all aspects of the day to day running of the gym.

Candidates must have experience of working with children and experience of selling a service and / or marketing would be advantageous. The right candidate will have a confident telephone manner and highly developed communication skills. Gymnastics or gymnastics related skills are required

Genuine opportunities for advancement exist both within our gyms (Leeds and Harrogate) and across the network for the right candidate.

Closing date 20th August

Applicants should respond with a CV and covering letter to tlglorna@gmail.com

It's Time to Celebrate!

Show weekWe're so excited, it's Show Week! 

Ask any teacher at The Little Gym and they'll all tell you how much they love the end of term and this one special week in particular; our Show Week. Our term began in September and runs through until this week where we get to celebrate all the achievements over the past term. 

Throughout the week, for our Parent and Child classes we'll recap and look back on the massive milestones the children have achieved, walking, running, jumping, forward rolls and so much more! 

For our Pre-K children they get to show off their best skills and favourite activities all with a parent inside the gym to watch, a real treat for these little ones. 

The Grade children have a lot to be proud of during the term, achieving that elusive cartwheel, a handspring and some brilliant bar and beam skills, again with a proud parent watching by inside the gym. 

This very special week marks the huge successes of the children over the term and a "thank you" to all the parents and grown ups who bring these wonderful children to class each week. 

Please do bring camera's and any family/friends who would like to come along and celebrate too. All adults will be going into the gym this week; don't forget to take off those shoes and come prepared with socks and perhaps a jumper; it does get chilly if you're not doing the forward rolls! 

Be prepared for cheers, clapping, high5's and quite possibly some tears (and that's just from the proud teachers!) as we invite our members to celebrate our annual SHOW WEEK! 

If you have any questions, please just give us a call 0113 3359915 or email us leeds@thelittlegym.eu


Let's make their next birthday the best!

PARTY HARROGATE 2We love to celebrate each special birthday at The Little Gym; let us help you celebrate the next birthday and make it the best yet! From 1 - 12 years old. 

Birthday parties at The Little Gym are jam packed and full of action from the moment they step through the doors into the gym. We do all of the preparation so on the day, all you have to do is turn up and watch them enjoy the party. 

When you book with us, the Birthday Coordinator will liaise with you each step of the way. You pick the date and time best for you and we'll do the rest of the planning and preparation. If your child has a favourite super hero or TV character and would like to theme the party, we'll do our best to accommodate with the music and activities. 

The general structure of the party is as follows

50 minutes in the gym - we plan the games, activities and skills with any recommendations in mind to ensure it's what the birthday child wants. If they want a more structured party, or more free play, if they would like hide and seek or lots of running games, we can make it happen.

15-20 minutes - out in the foyer to have a quick drink and a very light snack. We don't provide the food and ask that if you do want to bring it with you, it is very minimal. The children really don't eat too much during our parties but rather want to go back into the gym and play! 

Remaining time of the 1 hour 30minutes - back in the gym! This is where they get to play and explore for the last few minutes before home time. 

Here's what we provide:
- Exclusive use of the whole facility
- Invitations to give to your guests
- 2 instructors to lead your class
- 1 making sure your guests are all ok
- A balloon, cup, plate and napkin at each place setting
- Water or juice for the children
- Complimentary tea and coffee for all the adults
- A T-Shirt for the birthday child

Here's what you need to bring:
- A light snack
- Cake
- Party bags
- Any other drinks/ snacks for the adults

If you would like any more information, or have a party idea in mind we can help you with, please do get in touch. We love to talk birthdays so give us a call or pop by and we can help plan the best one yet! 

Call us on0113 3359915 or email leeds@thelittlegym.eu

Enrol for September 2017

Facebook_Priority-enrolment_1200x1200px_EnglishWe're excited to announce it's that time of the year again! 

For our current members (with an active Annual Family Membership) Priority Enrolment offers the chance to secure a space for our new semester starting on 4th September 2017 with a large 20% discount. 

Below are the key dates for you to be aware of and how to make the most of the Priority Enrolment discount. 

From 13th June - During your class you will receive a Priority Enrolment pack of information containing; a hand written report from your child's lead teacher, a schedule for the new semester (check the semester schedule here) and a letter detailing the payment methods and important information.

The class report will include a recommendation for the class your child should be in for the new term (either based on age or ability) This class is reserved for them until 2nd July. If we haven't received a payment to secure their place, we will release the spot for someone else. 

From 13th June - 2nd July - You will have 3 weeks to secure your child(ren)'s space with either a deposit or full payment. Unfortunately due to demand we're unable to secure a space without payment. 
PLEASE NOTE: If your child is due to move up to a more advanced or older age group and you're unable to make the recommended class, let your teacher know as soon as possible. 

For many of our after school classes we now have waiting lists so do pay your deposit to avoid disappointment. If you have a 2nd choice class, please also let us know. 

3rd July - The Priority Enrolment discount will have expired by Monday 3rd July. 

Between 3rd July - 4th September - You will still have an opportunity to enrol for the September term classes, unfortunately without the 20% discount.

This is a great opportunity to continue all the incredible progress the children have made this term with the biggest saving. We can't wait for them to continue to grow their skills and confidence into the new year. Please do let one of your team know if you have any questions or concerns or would like any of the above information explaining in more depth. 

We'd like to take this opportunity to again thank you for your continued commitment and look forward to another Semester of Serious Fun! 

Visits to The Little Gym

visitsWe're so lucky at The Little Gym to be able to offer children between 4months - 12years old the opportunity to experience movement and life skills each week. We'd love to give more local children the same opportunity.

If you're part of a local playgroup, nursery or pre school and would like to bring your children to visit us, get in touch! We have plenty of space and options for a structured class led by our fantastic team.

During the session we can structure the activities to a theme or particular aspect of a curriculum you have in mind. We will lead the class with guaranteed smiles, fun and learning throughout. With exclusive use of the whole facility, with time for refreshments too, we can run a full fun party, themed structured class or a mix of the both.

For more information, please get in touch with Kate or Lorna at the details below. We'd love to have a cup of tea and a catch up and see what would work for you.

We look forward to welcoming you very soon.

Call us on 0113 3359915
Email leeds@thelittlegym.eu

Don't miss out on classes you've paid for

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Did you know...
If you know you're unable to attend your regular class for a week, whatever the reason, you're able to use that as a "make-up" class at a later point within the same term.

As long as you've let us know, we're then able to cancel your class and save that for another time.
It's ok if you attend two classes in a week, it's ok if you switch to another day.

Please do give us a call, email or send us a Facebook message to check for space in the class you're planning on joining us for.
Towards the end of term, classes are quite busy so book your make up classes in advance to avoid disappointment.

How does gymnastics help to get ready for school?

Giggle WormsThis is the season when children learn which school they'll be going to in September, or perhaps you have a little one who still has a year to wait. We can help in both cases and give options for the next phase in your child's life. 

For children heading to school this September, it’s a nerve wracking time for some and the best adventure for others. School brings new challenges, social situations and an opportunity like no other. Here at The Little Gym we’re so proud to see our little Giggle Worms venturing off in their pristine uniform out to experience school. We’ve watched them refine their social skills over the past year in our classes, working amongst friends and learning how to listen and take turns.

One of the hardest challenges these 3-4 year olds have had to master over the past year is the ability to stay still, take instruction and then go! We know children love to move, it is how they learn best after all, so how has this skill helped in preparing them for school?

Imagine you’re a 4 year old doing a forward roll, throughout the whole experience, your body is turning and spinning, your eyes are tracking to see which way up your surroundings are and your muscles are reacting to the environment to ensure a safe stop at the bottom! This may only last a few minutes but the effects will have a lasting impact.

This rolling helps to stimulate the sense responsible for balance and muscle control, essential for maintaining an upright seated position whilst listening to instruction from a teacher. It also helps to send information to the brain about how much muscle force is needed to stop!
Playing in the playground with new friends is a tricky domain to navigate, especially when playing tag, you don’t want to use too much force and push over your new friend! This is just one of many movement based developmental milestones which are essential to learn before starting school.

If you have a little one starting school in September (or a little one who still has another year to wait) and are looking for a weekly class for these last few months before school begins then just get in touch. We have plenty of space for children between 3-5 years old ready for their next adventure. Check our schedule to see which day and time works best for you and get in touch, we’d love to welcome your family along.

Call us on 0113 3359915 or email leeds@thelittlegym.eu
We also offer a complimentary first class, just click here to leave us your details and we'll get back to you.