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October Half-term

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If you can believe it it's almost half term for all your little ones. If it's their first time at school I'm sure they'll be ready for a much needed break. Whilst a lot of places close for half term, The Little Gym Leeds will be running classes as normal.

***IMPORTANT***
If you are going away please make sure you cancel your regular class so you can catch it up at a later date. Unfortunately if you don't attend class without cancelling you will lose your session.

 

If you're not going away then here's what's happening during the half term:

 

  • Halloween Themed Camp - Mon 29th October. 9.30 - 12.30/1.30 (Lunch club). The camp is £25 for members and £35 for non-members. Lunch club is £5 and you would provide them with a packed lunch.

  • Under 4's Halloween Themed Practice Session - Weds 31st Oct. 12.45 - 1.30. Available for current members attending regular classes and siblings. Only a few spaces left so be sure to book in!!!!

  • All Age's Halloween Themed Practice Session - Thurs 1st Nov. 1.00 - 2.30  

For anyone attending classes throughout half term all the teachers will be dressing up for Halloween so we encourage the children to do so also!!!! Bearing in mind they will be doing gymnastics, might be worth a thought when it comes to outfit selection!

If you are going away we hope you have a lovely time and we'll see you when you get back!!


To book into to any of the Halloween events be sure to speak to a member of the team next time you're in or give us a call on 0113 3359915 or email us on leeds@thelittlegym.eu.  


Last few birthday slots available for 2018!!!

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You might know that here at The Little Gym Leeds we have serious fun in our gymnastic classes and our camps. But did you know that we also host birthday parties??? Our birthday packages include:

 

  • Exclusive use of our facility with free tea/coffee
  • TLG Invitations
  • 2 Qualified instructors to lead the party, which is always tailored to your specific requirements and 1 instructor to assist with setting up, welcoming your guests and cleaning up
  • Party room with helium balloons, cup, plates and juice
  • Free t-shirt for the birthday child

You would provide the birthday snacks (just some light finger food will suffice), any additional beverages for guests and a guest list.
 

Our birthday packages are £300 for non-members and £250 for members. To be a member with us it's a £30 annual family membership fee.

 

Our parties are hugely popular and we only have a few slots remaining in 2018 so if you haven't decided what to do for your little one this year, why not get in touch. We'd love to host your birthday party. We already have bookings for next June too, so book early to avoid disappointment!! We have just 5 slots left for 2018:

  • Sun 4th Nov: 4.15 - 5.45
  • Sun 18th Nov: 2.15 - 3.45 & 4.15 - 5.45
  • Sun 9th Dec: 2.15-3.45 & 4.15 - 5.45

 

Here's what people say about our parties:

 

"Thank you so much. We had an amazing party and the staff were amazing".

 

"Thank you so much for such a wonderful party. We all had a fantastic birthday and it was very stress free for us. Will definitely recommend."

 

"Thank you for a great party experience. The staff have been amazing from the moment we booked the party. See you next year".

 

If you would to book a party with us, or would like some more information about our packages give us a call on 0113 3359915 or email us at leeds@thelittlegym.eu.  


How your child’s body teaches their brain to think

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Have you ever wondered why children never sit still? Have you noticed they have the need to move, fidget, explore, touch and interact with everything around them? Does it feel like they’re not listening and not doing as they are asked? This is exactly what their bodies are made for. 

Children, particularly in the early years, are not designed to sit down and listen to instructions. They've got to move and explore their environment with their body and all 7 of their senses! Although it may not be obvious, they pay attention more than we think as they are curious and interested in their environment but the only way to learn is to experiencing it with their bodies.


Read more about the senses here.

Think about the brain as a galaxy with billions of stars. The brain cells need to be connected in order to create strong pathways with each other which allows the brain cells to communicate and process information from our senses. Connections are made through movement, new experiences and countless amounts of repetition! Did you know that 90% of the neural pathways in the brain will be set for life during the early years of childhood? These pathways between the brain cells determine not only how children think and learn but also will shape who they become, their passions and interests and are one of the most important foundations in the formation of individuality.

 

Movement is one of the top priorities in the brain during the early years of children's development. The brain will always prioritise movement before thinking until the movement becomes fully automated so the child is able to move/perform the certain task without thinking about it.

 

The Little Gym Leeds is a place where children explore by moving in different and new ways, take risks, build strong bodies whilst being exposed to a rich multi-sensory environment. To find out more call us on 0113 3359915 or email us on leeds@thelittlegym.eu


October "Practice Times" & "Tumble & Tea"

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Last month was the first month we introduced these extra sessions for our current members who are attending classes and they proved very popular!

Please see below the dates/times for all the sessions available throughout October:
 

Harrogate Leeds
Tues 2nd Oct 12.45 - 13.30 Thurs 4th Oct 11.30 - 12.15
Thurs 11th Oct 11.30 - 12.15 Sun 7th Oct  14.15 - 15.15
(School Age)
Thurs 18th Oct 11.30 - 12.15 Mon 8th Oct 14.15 - 15.15
Sat 20th Oct  16.00 - 17.00 
(School Age)
Sun 14th Oct 14.15 - 15.15
(School Age)
Weds 24th Oct 12.45 - 13.30 Weds 17th Oct 12.45 - 13.30
Sun 28th Oct  16.15 - 17.15 
(School Age)
Tues 23rd Oct 12.45 - 13.30
Weds 31st Oct 12.45 - 13.30
(Halloween Theme)
Weds 31st Oct 12.45 - 13.30
(Halloween Theme)
Thurs 1st Nov 13.00 - 14.00 (Halloween Theme) (All Ages) Thurs 1st Nov 13.00 - 14.30 (Halloween Theme) (All Ages)

 

Don't forget to book your space! Siblings welcome too. Next time you're in the gym speak to a member of staff to find out more or call us on 0113 3359915 or email us on leeds@thelittlegym.eu.


Life as a three year old Funny Bug!!

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Funny what? Funny Bugs! That's what we call our three year olds here at The Little Gym. Being a Funny Bug is a very important time for your little one! They are about to take a huge leap and they will be about to participate in a structured class all by themselves, without their parents.

Physical exercise has never been more important than today. Did you know young children need at least 3 hours of play a day? With tablets and smartphones children have more and more excuses why not to be outside (or inside) playing and being physical. Have a read of this article which explains why movement is so important for your little ones here.

From Bugs (4-10 months) to Super Beasts (30-36 months) the little ones have their parents in the class with them. But when they get to three they get to have serious fun all on their own. This is a great time for your little one to develop a strong sense of self-confidence and eliminating their fear of failure is paramount in these classes.

 

Don't worry if your Funny Bug isn't quite ready to explore by themselves just yet. If they need you to be in the gym still then that's ok. You are more than welcome to stay in until they feel confident enough to go off on their own. You'll be surprised how quickly this can happen and before you know if you'll be watching from the lobby whilst enjoying a complimentary tea or coffee.

 

Once they discover the joys of independence they're eager to do what all the big kids do. This is great, however they are still at an age where the best way for them to learn is through play. That's why the Funny Bugs classes have just the right mix of free-play and structured activities. Having the Funny Bugs listen to the instructor explain what they'll be doing through the use of imagination means they need to listen and watch even if just for a minute or two. This life skill really prepares them for going to school and listening to the teacher.

All of our Pre-K classes (3-5 years) have a teacher:child ratio of 1:6 which allows everyone to get just the right amount of attention. Their learning environment must be one in which structure, learning, movement and play can co-exist together. At The Little Gym we are constantly keeping up to date with research into child psychology and the way in which children learn best (through movement). This is why we have recently changed our Funny Bug structure to align with current research. 



The new structure means less time sitting down and instead incorporating as much movement as possible. The first 5 minutes is spent as exploration of the gym and the last 5 minutes are spent having fun with the balls. Research suggests 50 minutes is the most appropriate time frame for a 3 year old to partake in any kind of structured activity. As instructors we can vouch for this! The structure of our Funny Bugs class looks like this:

- MOVE AND LEARN - this is the first 5 minutes where children can explore the gym around them. We always have a 1:6 instructor:child ratio so there will still be lots of imagination going on during this time. We also introduce the Funny Bugs to a skill which they can come over and try if they want to. It's crucial they know that there is nothing in this first 5 minutes that they NEED to do. The research suggests that this exploration period at the start helps increase their attention span and allows them to better retain information. It's also a great time for them to develop their independence, work on decision making and motor planning.

 

- STRUCTURE - The next part of the class is where we group our Funny Bugs and take them around the 3 stations of the gym. Here we are getting your little ones used to listening to instruction which is a very hard skill for a 3 year old. We use lots of imagination to peak their curiosity and keep them engaged throughout. Getting them to listen to a teacher explain what they're going to do, even for 60 seconds is a great life skill and is really going to prepare them for school!

 

- BALL ACTIVITY - This activity changes each week. Sometimes it'll be a structured activity and other times they're encouraged to have independent free play. Ball activities are crucial for Funny Bugs to develop their gross motor skills, manipulative skills, co-ordination, depth perception, peripheral vision and so much more!

  

As well as the physical side of the classes The Little Gym also incorporates 3-dimensional learning to all the classes. We have 

  1. Get Moving - The physical aspect
  2. Brain Boost - Learning concepts like body part awareness and basic maths etc ...
  3. Citizen Kid - Increasing self confidence, sharing, taking turns etc ...

 
If you are the parent of a Funny Bug and would like to find out more about our classes then why not give us a call on 0113 3359915 or email us on leeds@thelittlegym.eu

 

 


Membership Benefits

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If you've heard of The Little Gym before then you might know that we offer non-competitive gymnastics to children aged 4 months - 12 years old. You may think that if you sign up for classes your little one will learn how to forward roll or handstand and that's about it. 

But did you know that being a member means so much more. We wanted to put together a list of all the things included in your annual family membership. As well as allowing your children to attend amazing classes it entitles you to:

 

  • Cancellation/Make-up policy - There aren't many children's activities that offer this service and we pride ourselves on it. When you sign up for classes with us you pick a regular class and come once a week. But we know how tricky things can be and that sometimes things just don't go to plan. That's why with us, if you need to miss/cancel a class with us you can switch your regular class for a different one that week or make it up at another point in the year. You can do this as often as you need to and in Leeds or Harrogate which means you can hopefully not miss out on any of the serious fun! 


  • Additional Weekly Practice sessions - Available to anyone who comes to classes and has a membership with us.  These are sessions designed to offer your little one extra time, outside of classes to practice skills/spotting techniques with your little ones. These sessions are supervised by an instructor but not as structured as our regular classes. 

    For our Parent Child/Pre-K class children (those not yet at school) we will be running tumble & tea sessions through the week and for our School aged children we will be running practice sessions at the weekend and during the holidays. At the beginning of each month the dates will be released for these sessions and you can just book on as you would your regular classes. Spaces will be limited so be sure to book on when the dates come out.

    It's a great opportunity to have more focused time on any particular skills you as parents would like to know how to spot, or for the older children it's a great to time to have more attention working on a particular skill. With every session spent at The Little Gym, your child is gaining confidence and refining skills, and of course having Serious Fun. These sessions will also be available for siblings too!!


  • Generous Discounts - With your membership you get discounts on birthday parties and seasonal camps. You save yourself £50 on birthday parties and £10 on camps! 


  • FAMILY Membership - Your membership covers your whole family. Whether you have 1 or 5 children, you only pay the one membership. This means that even if you only have 1 child joining us for classes, all the benefits apply to all your children. They can even do the make-classes for their siblings if they want to!


  • Member only events - Every year we run a number of events that are only available to those with membership.


  • Flexible Enrolment - As well as our cancel/make-up policy you can also change your regular class at any point during the year. If your circumstances change, or we feel your little one is ready for the next class we can move them around whenever needed. You're not tied in to the same class forever!


  • Complimentary Teas/Coffees - Sometimes you just need a sit down and a cuppa. Well if you bring your little one to class and it's been a hard day you will be happy to know we offer complimentary teas and coffees which you enjoy in either of our viewing areas while you watch your little one thrive and have fun! We've got toys and books to keep siblings entertained too as well as a range of magazines to read.


  • 10% off at Costa - If you'd rather go and leave your little one to it (if they're 3 and above) and you just want an hour to yourself and love a Costa then we have vouchers which entitle all our members 10% off the Moor Allerton Costa!


  • Great Community of parents - People come for gymnastics and leave with friends. We have so many parents who regularly stay after class to have lunch with us. Lots of people meet friends for life through us too which is lovely to see.

If you would like to know more about The Little Gym Leeds and what we offer or would like to join us for classes don't hesitate to give us a call on 0113 3359915 or email us on leeds@thelitttlegym.eu.  

 


***NEW BUGS REFERRAL SCHEME***

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Because time flies a lot of our Bugs have now moved up into our Birds classes because they're on the move! We now have some spaces for new Bugs to come join us for classes.

 

When you have a baby everyone tells you it all goes so fast and before you know it they'll be toddlers. It might not seem like it when you first welcome your little bundle of joy into the world but as a new Dad to an already 8 month old little girl I can honestly say I have no idea where the time has gone! It is exciting as well as challenging. It literally turns your world upside down (of course in the most positive way) and on top of that, there is not one but thousands of manuals on what you are supposed to do!  It doesn't matter how many parenting books you have read, there is so much to learn and the only way that happens is through trial and error.

 

With so many activities for little ones these days it's hard to decide what you should and shouldn't do. We get it! But the best thing you can do for your little one is to get them moving. Studies indicate that movement feeds the brain and lays the foundations for learning.  It is important to encourage movement in the early months of baby's life to help them reach developmental milestones. 


Click here to find out more about the benefits of early movement.

 

***REFERRAL SCHEME***

 

 We are introducing a referral scheme for all our parents who currently come to classes with us. If you refer a friend with a Bug (4 - 10 months) to us and they sign up you will receive £20 credit on your account to use towards future classes, camps or parties. 

  

This is only for a limited time only. The scheme will be running until Friday 2nd November. The Bug who joins us simply needs to let us know who recommended them when they sign up. 

 

***REFERRAL SCHEME***

At The Little Gym Leeds we start classes from 4 months old. You might be thinking "what can I do with a 4 month old?". We get this all the time. But you'd be surprised how much they can learn at such a young age. The Bugs programme is a 45 minute long parent and child session which is designed to support babies overall development through the use of age appropriate developmental gymnastics.  Children are exposed to the rich multi-sensory environment.  This allows them to learn and helps them gain a better understanding of the world around them.  More importantly though, they explore the gym environment with their senses as well as their bodies.

 

Most people know we have 5 senses; touch, taste, smell, sight, hearing. But did you know there are another 2 crucial senses we have? Balance (the vestibular system) and Proprioception (the sense of where are bodies are in space). Without these sense we wouldn't be able to function. Your little one can develop these vital senses through MOVEMENT and it's never too early to start!

 

This is when we come in.

 

The skills and activities in our Bugs classes help develop these and they include; rotational activities, moving across inclined mats as well as the balancing beam, weight bearing on legs and arms, and gripping/pulling with the arms. All of which feed into your child's development.  Along with the sensory stimulation, children develop much needed strength which aids them greatly in reaching milestones like rolling, sitting, crawling and eventually walking!

 

The lovely thing about the Bugs classes is that the learning is not only for the children but also for you, the parent.  Spending time in the gym with your child teaches you about different areas of child development and the theory behind why we do specific activities; you can practice skills learnt at the gym at home and gain confidence in how to support your baby safely and you will definitely enhance the bond between you and your child.  it is also a great chance to make friends and grab a coffee after class!


If you know someone with a new arrival be sure to let them know about us. Next time you're in speak to a member of staff about our referral scheme before it runs out! If you're new to The Little Gym don't hesitate to give us a call on 0113 3359915 or email us at leeds@thelittlegym.eu.

 


Practice makes Progress!

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Practice. Practice. Practice. Play. Play. Play. Fun. Fun. Fun.

 

We've all heard the old age "practice makes perfect." But here at The Little Gym, we believe it's more important that "practice makes progress." 

Do you know how children learn best? It's through play and repetition. It seems these days a lot of children's activities are structured and little ones don't get all that much time to just 'play'. Then when they are allowed to play they are constantly being told:

 

"That's too dangerous!!"

"Get down from there!!"

"No running!!"

 

Check out this blog we posted a few weeks back which goes into more detail about the importance of movement for your child's development here.

 

Here at The Little Gym we know just how these things are for your little ones. This is why in our Under 3 classes we allow a period of time for just free play. This gives them time in the gym to go explore and really test what they can do. It's great for confidence building, problem solving, motor planning, social skills and lots of other things. 

Now even in our Funny Bugs (3 year olds) classes we allow the children 5 minutes free play to run, climb, jump and test the boundaries of their abilities. This is because this is how they learn more about themselves and the world around them.

 

Mr TLG himself, Randy McCoy explains very well in this video the importance of movement and repetition for your little ones here.

 

***NEW PRACTICE TIMES***

   
Because we are constantly looking at how we can improve our service to our members we will now be offering practice sessions as part of your memberships. This is going to be available to anyone who comes to classes and has a membership with us. 

 

This means you will get additional time, outside of classes to practice skills/spotting techniques with your little ones. The sessions will be supervised by an instructor to practice the fundamental gymnastics they'll be learning in classes each week.
 

For our Parent Child/Pre-K class children (those not yet at school) we will be running practice sessions through the week and for our School aged children we will be running practice sessions on a Sunday.

 

At the beginning of each month the dates will be released for these sessions and you can just book on as you would your regular classes. Spaces will be limited so be sure to book on when the dates come out.

 

It's an opportunity to have more focused time on any particular skills you as parents would like to know how to spot, or for the older children it's a great to time to have more attention working on a particular skill. 

 

With every session spent at The Little Gym, your child is gaining confidence and refining skills, and of course having Serious Fun.

 

These sessions will also be available for siblings too!! Below are the times available for practice in September:

 

Leeds Harrogate
Mon 10/9 2.15 - 3.30 Tues 11/9 12.45 - 1.30
Weds 12/9 12.45 - 1.30 Thurs 13/9 11.30 - 12.15
Mon 17/9 2.15 - 3.30 Sat 15/9 3.45 - 5.15 (School Aged)
Tues 18/9 12.45 - 1.30 Weds 19/9 12.45 - 1.30
Mon 24/9 12.45 - 1.30 Thurs 20/9 11.30 - 12.15
Weds 26/9 12.45 - 1.30 Sun 23/9 2.00 - 3.30
Sun 30/9 4.15 - 5.15 (School Aged) Tues 25/9 12.45 - 1.30
  Weds 26/9 12.45 - 1.30
  Sun 30/9 2.00 - 3.30 (School Aged)

 

Be sure to speak to a member of the team to find out more about these new sessions! Call us on 0113 3359915 or email us at leeds@thelittlegym.eu 

 


Starting strong!

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You might think that 4 months is a little too young to start gymnastics but you'd be surprised just how much they are learning from such an early age. Everything we learn as a baby sets up for the rest of our lives. So why would we not want to get them off to the best start?

 

We love teaching fun, rich classes for our little baby Bugs, as we call them, because we know that by developing the little brains in our baby Bugs we’re shaping their entire life and setting them up for success.

 

Those big adult brains we all have started out as little brains. And those little brains are hungry, they need to be fed so that they can reach their full potential at every stage of life!!

 

Why is it important to start young?

 

Your baby’s brain grows with every experience – everything they smell, see, touch, chew, every movement they make, every surface they feel. And in the first months and first years, their body is the engine for all of their brain development.

 

That’s where our Bugs classes for 4-10 month olds are unique. We know that the more Bugs move, the more they experience, the more we stimulate all seven of their senses (not just FIVE!) And the more we stimulate all seven or their senses, not just five!, then the bigger their brains get. And we want our little ones to have nice big brains full of processing power.

 

That’s why school teachers have told us they can tell which of the children in their classes go to The Little Gym!

 

Diverse Repetition is key to learning!

 

Babies aged 4 - 10 months need opportunities to repeat new experiences in various scenarios for their brain to grow and learn, and grow and learn some more.

 

Through repetition, the brain has the chance to grow new pathways. And the more pathways we have in our brains, the more efficiently our brains work, and the better our brain cells are at processing and exchanging information.  And that helps to make our Bugs super smart.

 

But we also want this learning to stick – or as we say, we want to hard wire all those connections in their little brains.

 

How hardwired these connections become depends on how much repetition your child experiences. After just one experience of something, the wiring is weak. But the more repetition a child has, the stronger and more hard-wired what they’ve learnt becomes. The child can then eventually perform actions without even thinking – and that’s when they’ve achieved what we call ‘automation’.  

 

And that automation is exactly what we want for your babies and children. Once we have helped them to automate the simple things, they can go on to more complex learning, and that’s when they can truly live up to their potential.

 

Did you know that we actually have 7 senses?!

 

We have the usual 5 that most people know about and most sensory classes focus on – touch, taste, smell, sound and sight, but did you know about the extra two? These are called our proprioceptive and vestibular senses. These two sensory systems actually form the foundation for all of our learning, which makes them pretty darn important!

 

Activation of all the juicy new pathways we’re building in your baby’s brain occurs when a child experiences something new through not just five senses, but all seven senses. And to activate all seven senses, you need to get your Bug moving – proprioception and the vestibular system are critically developed through movement.

 

Imagine that your Bug is crawling on a piece of equipment in the Gym. Whilst they are crawling, they have to work out how to balance on their hands and knees. And they have to look where they’re going. And hold their head up so they can look for their parent. And also make sure that parent is still nearby!  

But then they also have to make sure they don’t fall off the end of the equipment, and must start to predict and problem solve where the end is!

 

This multi-sensory learning, repeated again and again in different situations, is key to developing automation, and creating the millions of connections our little Bugs need to set a strong foundation that optimises their learning not just today, but when they’re 2, or 4, when they’re at school, university and beyond!

 

Bugs Grow at The Little Gym!

 

The greater the new experiences your child has in every class at The Little Gym, the more opportunities their brain has for growth! And that enhanced brain activity and efficiency will provide the foundation for more complex levels of learning in the future. And what an exciting future that is for our little Bugs!

 

!!!AUGUST OFFER!!!


If you and your Bug wanted to start classes with us we are running an offer until the 31st August. If you book 10 sessions with us you will get 15% off.

 

That means you would get 10 sessions for just £76.50.

 

For more information on our classes or if you'd like to book on please don't hesitate to call us on 0113 3359915 or email us at leeds@thelittlegym.eu.


CLASSES START SOON!!!

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We are just over half way through the summer holidays and we can't believe there are only 2 weeks left until regular classes start again! We have had some serious fun in our summer camps in the past few weeks, we've been on countless quests and so far our children have been everything from Ninja's to Foxes!

 

It's been a really hot summer so far and we have loved hearing what our members have been up to in the holidays. September is now fast approaching and for some of our little gymnasts it means school for the very first time!

 

For a lot of parents it means getting back into some sort of a routine again. If you are unsure whether or not to keep up with your little ones activities once they start school, have a read of this article which might help you understand why movement and play is even more important for your little ones once they start school.

 

Read the full blog here

  

STUCK FOR SOMETHING TO DO?

 

If you are looking for something to do with your little ones for the last part of the holidays, we do still have a few spaces in some of our summer camps. Over the next 2 weeks our 3-8 year olds are going to be superheroes and X-treme sport stars while our 5-12 year olds will be working visiting Back Tuck Island and doing Caribbean Cartwheels!

 

Have a look at the schedule here.

 

NOT LONG NOW ...

 

Our regular classes start again on the 3rd September and we can't wait to welcome everyone back. We are also very excited because we have added an extra 6 classes to our timetable. This means we have even more room for serious fun!

 

Check out our new timetable here.  

 

IT'S NOT TOO LATE ...

 

For those of you who might not have enrolled for classes starting in September it's not too late. Please call us on 0113 3359915 or email us at leeds@thelittlegym.eu to get your little one signed up for some serious fun!

 

Happy Handstands!


***SUMMER BIRTHDAY OFFER***

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We have some exciting news for anyone who's birthday is coming up; we now have 6 birthday slots available over the summer!!!!

 

For the next 6 weeks we have slots available at 2.15 on Saturdays for a 90 minute birthday bash with us at The Little Gym Leeds.

The following dates available are:

28th July

4th August

11th August

18th August

25th August

1st September

 

***SUMMER OFFER***

The good news doesn't stop there ...

If you book a party with us between now and the 31st August you will receive a massive 

£50 off your booking.

That offer doesn't just apply to parties held over Summer, they can be for anytime as long as the initial booking is made by the end of August.

This means if you're a member with us you get to book a party for just £200!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't miss out on this great offer!!!!

 

Call us today on 0113 3359915 or email us at leeds@thelittlegym.eu to book your little one's birthday bash with us.

 

 

 

 


Starting School in September?

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To stop or not to stop… that’s the big question facing the parents of children starting reception every September.

Should your child continue with their activities after school? The football, ballet or gymnastics that they love?  

 

The answer is YES!

 

Your child is going to get quite a big shock when they go to school. But not the one us concerned parents are expecting…. Far from being tired, when they start school they will suddenly stop moving for most of the day, and be asked to sit quietly for long stretches. 

 

Here’s the problem… 4 year olds aren’t designed to sit quietly. They are still in the developmental stage where their brain is telling them to move, to explore, to experience as much of the world around them as humanly possible. And that is because our little ones learn through moving.

 

The NHS recommends children aged 5 years and under should get at least 3 hours of exercise every day, including 60 minutes of vigorous exercise. But when they first start school, they will not get that exercise. And they need it to be better at school!  

 

According to OFSTED, Early Years settings are “not sufficiently physically challenging”, and “the more active a child is, the stronger their core is and the better able they are to do things asked of them at school. If practitioners do not encourage children to do this then they are not setting them up very well for the future.”  

 

That's because if you want your child to be a better sitter, a better listener, and better at concentrating, you need to get them moving. It’s the way to truly good listeners.

 

And here’s why…

 

Our vestibular system – our sixth sense – is responsible for helping us to sit still and listen, be alert, and concentrate. And it works in partnership with our seventh sense, pro-prioception. Now, if your child has a poorly developed vestibular sense and a challenged pro-prioceptive sense then they’re going to find school hard! They’ll be the child that fidgets, that can’t stop moving, that can’t focus, can’t be still and doesn’t hear what the teacher is saying. And the child that gets in trouble for all of those things. And no parent wants that for their child.

 

But when does all that critical development of the vestibular system and proprioception happen? Right now, just when they’re being told to go to school, sit still, and listen. At exactly the stage in their life when they need to get moving! All of that development happens BEFORE the age of SIX!

 

And guess what, they’re both developed solely through movement. If the vestibular and proprioceptive senses are developed through movement, and all that critical development happens before the age of 6 years, then how on earth can our little ones get what they need from Pre-School and Reception alone?

 

The Simple Answer -- They Need Movement After School!

 

Your school-age child needs to get moving for 3 hours a day and even with the best of intentions our education system just can’t provide them with that opportunity. Only modern, savvy parents that are passionate about their children’s development can.  

 

And not just any movement will do. To optimise their development, children need to take physical risks, regularly try a variety of new physical challenges for the first time, stretch their bodies in new directions, reach new heights, and problem solve.

 

When we were kids we climbed trees… and we have a responsibility as a adults to find a super fun modern-day equivalent for our increasingly ‘more sedentary than they are designed to be’ children.

 

And according to Gill Jane, Deputy Director of Early Years at OFSTED, there is a tension between physical activity and taking risks, and as a parent, balancing risk is a hard thing to do. OFSTED would like early years practitioners to challenge children and take such risks in order to make them more physically active.

 

Helping Your Children to Learn Through Movement and Safe Risks

 

Giving children this strong platform is exactly where The Little Gym comes into play. We know what 3, 4 and 5-year-old children need, and we get them moving and challenged in the right way to aid their development.


That’s why teachers, occupational therapists and paediatricians recommend us as an accompaniment to the early years of schooling – they understand what an important role we can play in supporting children’s development and schooling.  

 

And that’s what we all want – parents and teachers alike… to set every child up for success, help them to thrive, and make school as easy an experience for them as possible!

 

Don’t stop your children’s activities when they go to school. They won’t be too tired. They’ll need the outlet. And they need to keep moving. Penning them into a room for most of the day, stopping them from moving, and then removing the activities they love doesn’t do our beautiful children justice.

 

And just like us, they need to de-stress after a long day at school! Just like we need to de-stress after a long day at work. Why do you think adult gyms do such a roaring trade in the evening! School has the same effect on our children, let’s help them get that stress out of their system and sleep better at night.

 

To find out more about our classes give us a call on 0113 3359915 or email us at leeds@thelittlegym.eu 


Sports Day Should be Everyday!!

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This time of year, a lot of children around the UK will be having their sports day. A great, fun way to get children active. But here at The Little Gym Leeds we think every day should be sports day! Children are spending less and less time moving/playing/exercising and more time sitting. This makes us sad!
 

A recent study in Wales reported "With the exception of one indicator, everything is getting worse" in relation to childhood exercise and obesity.

 

Have a read of the study here https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-politics-44767440


At The Little Gym, our developmental gymnastics classes cover a range of loco-motor movements, rotations, jumps, leaps, climbing skills and so much more! These dynamic movements in a sensory rich environment is fundamental to the sensory system and developing the brain, so why not learn in our colourful, safe & nurturing gym!

Physical activity in toddlers and children helps towards brain health, advancing their thinking skills that most affect academic performance. Sitting down too much is negatively impacting children’s behaviour in schools. During exercise blood delivers oxygen and glucose to the brain, which it needs for heightened alertness and mental focus.


Our classes tap into each child's senses, stimulating their body and mind. 

 

If you are stuck for something to do this summer holidays why not book your little one into a class with us? We start at 4 months old and run until 12 years old.

 

Call us on 0113 3359915 or email us at leeds@thelittlegym.eu 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Birthday Bash at The Little Gym

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You might know that here at The Little Gym Leeds we have serious fun in our gymnastic classes and our camps.

 

But did you know that we also host birthday parties???

 

Here's what people say about our parties:

 

"Thank you so much. We had an amazing party and the staff were amazing".

"Thank you so much for such a wonderful party. We all had a fantastic birthday and it was very stress free for us. Will definitely recommend."

"Thank you for a great party experience. The staff have been amazing from the moment we booked the party. See you next year".

 

If you're interested in booking a birthday for your little one, here is what we provide with our package:

  • Exclusive use of our facility with free tea/coffee
  • TLG Invitations
  • 2 Qualified instructors to lead the party with 1 instructor to assist with setting up and cleaning up
  • Party room with helium balloons, cup, plates and juice
  • Free t-shirt for the birthday child


What you would provide:

  • Birthday snacks (just some light finger food will suffice)
  • Additional beverages for guests
  • Guest list

 

Our birthday packages are £300 for non-members and £250 for members. To be a member with us it's a £30 annual family membership fee.

 

If you would to book a party with us, or would like some more information about our packages give us a call on 0113 3359915 or email us at leeds@thelittlegym.eu  

 

 

 


Early Birds Offers for September!!

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We've been having a fantastic semester so far seeing all your little ones progress in confidence and in their skills. It has been amazing to be a part of their journey and we would love to see each child continue to grow in September and beyond.

 

It is time for all children currently enrolled in classes to confirm their place in the classes for  September.  This week you will receive your childs report, a new schedule for next year and a letter outlining our 'Early Bird Offers.'  Every child currently enrolled is guaranteed a place providing we receive your completed enrolment form and payment by Sunday 8th July.

 

We've listened to your suggestions and are changing the way we work.  From September onwards all members will be automatially enrolled into the full year of classes and subsequent years thereafter to ensure the class is secured for you.  You can, of course stop classes at any point we simply require a calendar months notice in writing.  We also offer an easy monthly payment option which may suit you better.  We hope that this will simplify the process and offer you additional flexibility.

 

The earlier you register your child, the easier it is for us to confirm a place in your preferred class; your early registration gives you the best choice of class times to suit your requirements. Please speak to your child’s instructor or any member of our team about the most suitable class for your child in the new year of classes as soon as possible.

 

Annual Membership must be valid and a renewal fee of £30 per family is automatically added where required, at the time of booking. Ongoing payments will be taken by the way of autopay from your credit/debit card on the appropriate dates (all Semester Plan and Monthly Plan instalments will be taken by autopay on the 1st of the month) unless you have advised you are paying by cash or childcare vouchers. Please note late payment of balances or instalment fees will incur a late payment admin fee of £15.

 

Initial payments can be made via credit/debit card, cash, bank transfer or childcare vouchers.

 

To pay by bank transfer our details are as follows:

Account 10254282

Sort Code 16-20-36.

Please use your child's name as the reference.

 

Members confirming their place at this time will of course be entitled to our Early Bird Offers and will remain on our discounted rates going forward. Class recommendations for moving up will be discussed throughout the year and children will be moved at a time that suits their own development.  We hope that this will allow for a smooth transition into new classes throughout the year.  The current semester comes to a close on 22nd July, we remind you that all make-up classes need to be taken before that date. Post GDPR, we have changed our Terms and conditions and would like to invite you to review these. If you have any questions, please contact any of us for assistance

 

The schedule for next year is available on our website and is actually the same as this year of the brochure can be downloaded too, we have added some new classes to try and meet with the demand from new members still joining!

 

EARLY BIRD OFFERS FOR 43 CLASSES - 3rd September 2018 - 21st July 2019

 

Option 1 - Pay in full for year (£12.98 per class)

 

1st Child: £558.14
2nd Child: £446.51 
3rd Child: £334.88

 

Option 2 - Semester plan (£13.68 per class)
Only available to current members who are used to this payment plan

1st Child: £588.24
Deposit £100 + £194.12 1st Sept, £100 1st Dec + £194.12 1st Feb.

2nd Child: £470.89
Deposit £80 + £155.30 1st Sept, £100 1st Dec + £155.30 1st Feb

3rd Child: £352.94 
Deposit £60 + £116.47 1st Sept, £60 1st Dec + £116.47 1st Feb

 

Option 3 - Monthly Plan (£15.40 per class)

 

1st Child: £662.20
£68 deposit + 10 x £59.42 1st Sept-June

2nd Child: £529.76
£55.76 deposit + 10 x £47.40 1st Sept-June

3rd Child: £397.32
£33.32 deposit + 10 x £36.20

Annual Family Membership Fee when up for renewal £30.

 

Thank you for your continued commitment to your child’s development through our programmes.  If you have any questions about classes in September please give us a cal on 0113 3359915 or email us at leeds@thelittlegym.eu

The Little Gym Leeds Team


Got To Get moving!

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Children and young people are spending more and more time in front of screens and it's having a negative effect on their development. Children simply aren't spending enough time being active and testing their limits.

 

If you find your little one just won't sit still then check out this article which highlights the importance of movement, being outdoors and play is in your child's development. 

 

Read the article here.

Summer Fun

 

The Little Gym Leeds is a great place for children aged 4 months - 12 years old to get physical, have serious fun and build their confidence.

 

If you're interested in bringing your little one to us for some serious fun this Summer please give us a call on 0113 3359915 or email us at leeds@thelittlegym.eu


Bring A Friend Month

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THANKS FOR COMING!!! 

 

***OFFER FINISHES SOON***

 

Just a quick reminder that May is almost over and if you are interested in joining and taking advantage of our discount offer and you haven't already been in touch, time is running out.

 

If you have been invited by one of your friends this month, and you would like to enrol with us you have until Thursday to receive 10% off classes. Each child will then receive a t-shirt so they can both look awesome whilst having serious fun.


We would love to see you back again for regular classes!

 

To sign up call us on 0113 3359915 or email us at leeds@thelittlegym.eu 

 


Make the most of Summer!

 

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***SUMMER PASS***

 

Summer is almost upon us and we can't wait for the fun to start! During the 6 week holidays we are running classes and camps 6 days a week. 

 

A lot of places stop during the summer but here at The Little Gym Leeds we are going to be having serious fun until school starts again in September.

 

If you're at a loose end over the break why not take advantage of our SUMMER PASS. 

For the first time we are offering unlimited classes over summer for just £99. That's right. Just £99 for UNLIMITED classes during the holidays. 


***FURTHER DISCOUNT***

 

If you are wanting to come to either the camps or the classes don't wait .... We are offering a 10% DISCOUNT to any bookings made in May. There's only couple of weeks left so don't miss out and BOOK TODAY to get your discount.

 

The price for regular classes for the 6 weeks is £87 but for just a little bit more you can come to as many as you like!! 

 

To find out more please speak to a member of staff next time you're in the gym. If you've not been before then don't hesitate to give us a call on 0113 3359915 or email us at leeds@thelittlegym.eu 

 


Summer Camps!

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A week by week guide to our exciting new summer camp schedule!

 

During the school holidays, rain or shine, The Little Gym camps combine fun, sport, creative activities and learning to keep your kids active, entertained and laughing. All while carefully developing their minds, bodies and self-confidence. Children love them!

 

Super Quest Camps - 3-8 Year Olds

 

Children from 3-8 years old can go on a Super Quest as a Superhero, Secret Agent, Pirate or Mighty Explorer and many more wonderful themes. We'll take your little one on a gymnastics and sports Super Quest full of exciting themed missions in the gym. Then they'll take a break from the running around for healthy snacks, arts and crafts, before heading back into the gym for their next mission.   Themed sessions that change every week stimulate physical and motor-skill development with games and gymnastics, all in the care of our qualified and dedicated team of instructors. Take a look at our themes week by week:

 

Week one - The Warrior Pack (23rd - 29th July)

 

Do you have what it takes? Test your ninja skills in this high impact experience! Obstacle courses, gymnastics, and physical exercises will transform you into a fierce (but fun!) warrior. Get ready to master challenges that build agility, strength, speed and develop good sportsmanship with a new pack of friends!

 

Week two - Midsummer Night’s Garden Party (30th July - 5th August)

 

Legend says that on certain nights, hidden in the Hum-Giggle Garden, a magical and mysterious Midsummer Night’s Garden Party takes place! If the Super Kids can search through Hum-Giggle Garden and find the party, they will take part in games and challenges performed in the dark! In the process, the Super Kids will be reminded of the importance of including fruits and vegetables in a healthy daily diet.

 

Week three - The Neat Ninja League (6th - 12th August)

 

The Super Kids will become Super Ninjas this week! Learning and using basic karate and martial arts skills to complete their quests, the Super Kids will be granted membership into the Neat Ninja League! Neat Ninja’s are very neat and responsible; they clean up their messes and they do their chores! As you might guess, we will have a fun focus on the importance of personal responsibility to round out the fun!

 

 

Week four - The Five Wonders of Foxhole Forest (13th - 19th August)

 

Deep in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, there is a secret enchanted place called Foxhole Forest. Here the Superkids will have to find the ‘5 wonders of Foxhole Forest’ which were hidden by the Ancient Fox Family thousands of years ago. The superkids will need to be super brave and super adventurous  for this one!

 

Week five - Superheroes! (20th - 26th August)

 

It’s a bird; it’s a plane; it’s SUPERMAN!!! This week the Superkids are going to be superheroes that can fly, spin webs and have x-ray vision! They will also learn all about everyday heroes that rescue people! The Superkids will activate their super powers for super fun!

 

Week six - X-treme Sports of ALL Sorts (27th August - 2nd September)

 

This week our superkids will experience a week of extreme sports adventures going fast or really HIGH, and having some flying, twisting and flipping fun! Whether it’s parkour, or surfing our Superkids will have crazy sports adventures like never before!

 

 

And for our gymnastics junkies aged between 5-12 years why not try...

 

Skill Thrill Camps - 5-12 Year Olds

 

Come on a super fun and confidence boosting Skill Thrill workshop to perfect handstands, cartwheels, vaulting, handsprings and more. Skill Thrill Camps are themed camps that also build in some seriously fun skill development! Not only do your children go on a fun mission in the gym, they also get to hone their gymnastics skills just in time to show them off at school again in September! Take a look at our skill-specific themes week by week...

 

Week one - Back Handspring Bonanza (23rd - 29th July)

 

This Skill Thrill Camp is perfect for those kids who are ready to learn the Back Handspring! It’s also great for those kids who have learned a Back Handspring – but are ready for more advanced Back Handspring variations, i.e. Round-Off, Back Handsprings; Round-Off Back Handspring-Back Handspring; and more! A three hour “Back Handspring Bonanza”! What could be more fun?

 

 

Week two - Front Handspring Festival (30th July - 5th August)

 

This Skill Thrill Camp is perfect for those kids who have learned their handstand – and are ready to move to the next step – a “Front Handspring”! This camp is also great for kids who can do this skill by themselves – but just need some repetition and practice to solidify their technique and confidence. This Front Handspring Festival will also be an “Upper Body Fitness Festival” of sorts – as handstands and front handsprings are a great way to exercise the muscles of the arms, shoulders, chest and back!

 

Week three - Vaulting Volcanoes  (6th - 12th August)

 

Vaulting is one of the most fun and exciting events in gymnastics! What other event allows you run AS FAST AS YOU CAN and LAUNCH into the AIR! The speed and height involved in vaulting skills also presents some interesting challenges – like body control and self-confidence! This camp will help your gymnast learn to “tap into” and apply their speed and power into their vaulting skills! Whether it’s learning a squat-on vault or perfecting a Front Handspring vault, this camp will get them “springing” to new heights!

 

Week four - Amazing Aerials  (13th - 19th August)

 

Is it possible to do a “no-handed cartwheel”? YES – this skill is called an “Aerial”! While advanced-level gymnasts may be perfecting their aerial or learning to link their aerial to other skills, beginning and intermediate gymnasts will have the opportunity to grow their cartwheels as they journey through the many skill progressions to learn the intricacies of this exciting skill. This Skill Thrill Camp may be just the thing for those kids who are “THAT CLOSE” to doing their aerial by themselves! This week may just do the trick!

 

Week five - Back Tuck Beach (20th - 26th August)

 

Yes – we’re going to be doing “Back Tucks”! Back Tucks (back flips) are not only a BLAST! – they are also easier to learn and perform than one might think. All it takes is some confidence-building, practice and repetition! And that’s just what this Skill Thrill Camp will provide. Your gymnast will have opportunities to learn the Back Tuck, and/or to perfect this skill and link the Back Tuck in a series of other tumbling skills, i.e. Round-Off, Back Handspring, Back Tuck!

 

 

Week six - Caribbean Cartwheels and Hawaiian Handstands  (27th August - 2nd September)

 

Cartwheels and Handstands are the “gateway skills” that will lead the beginning/intermediate level gymnast toward learning Round-Offs, Back Handsprings, Front Handsprings , and more! Because Cartwheels and Handstands are both “upside down” skills, they do wonders for building your child’s upper body and core strength, too! Learning and perfecting Cartwheels and Handstands are a “must” for young gymnasts! A “Caribbean/Hawaiian” side theme will add a fun tropical twist to the week!

 

NEW - WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS - Dance Around the World (3-8 years)

 

This summer on a Wednesday afternoon we will be running some NEW Dance Camps! In a Little Gym dance camp, not only do the kids get creative with dance, but they also get to work on their gymnastics skills. Join us for an adventure around the globe and experience the colorful world of dance, music and self-expression! Each week we will introduce new dance styles through fun skill combinations, activities, and games that encourage an appreciation for dance! Improve balance, coordination and learn new skills as we dance to the beat of  these seriously fun new camps!

 

Week one: All About Africa!

 

Week two: Plies in Paris - Ballet theme!

 

Week three: Dance with me in NYC - learn some Hip-Hop moves!

 

Week four: Born to Bailar - Latin Theme!

 

Week five: TLG Cheer Team! - All about Teamwork!

 

Week six: A Worldly Star is Born - It’s Showtime!

 

For members our camps are £25 and £35 for non-members. 

Call today and save yourself 10% on bookings during the month of May.

***OFFER***  Buy 5 camps get 1 free ***OFFER***

 

Call us on 0113 3359915 or email us at leeds@thelittlegym.eu 


SERIOUS FUN

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At the Little Gym we have 3 simple rules for our classes and those are:

 

  1.  Be super super safe!

  2. Have lots and lots of fun.

  3. You don’t have to be the best you just have to try your best.

 


Studies have shown just how important our second rule can be in young people. Because children are specialising in sports younger and younger, more and more children are dropping out of these sports and the majority of them never pick up sports again. This is not good! 

 

Here at the Little Gym Leeds we are all about Serious Fun. We know just how important it is for children to find things fun and interesting. As soon as it’s no longer fun children are not interested.

 

Our environment is fun, but our purpose is serious. That’s why we embrace a proprietary philosophy called 3-Dimensional Learning, in which physical activity is our tool for nurturing your child as a whole. This approach to skill development means that in every class we teach, we offer growth in not just the physical sense,but we give them brain boosts and life skills. Having a 4 year old sit and listen to the teacher explain the class is a big deal. A 2 year old waiting their turn is a great life skill.

 

Gymnastics is a great sport for young people to get into as it has so many benefits. They don’t just learn how to do cartwheels and handstands but did you know that taking part in physical activity as a child significantly reduces the risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes in adulthood.

 

Other benefits include:

General health: The habits children learn through playing and physical activity are often carried through to adulthood.
 

Social skills: Attending regular gymnastic classes teaches young people how to communicate with other young people, teamwork and how to engage with adults.
 

Commitment: Gymnastics requires concentration and commitment. Our 3 and 4 year olds get used to sitting and listening to a teacher talk; preparing them for school.
 

Strength: We develop strength, body awareness, body control and coordination, all of which will transfer over to any other sports children decide to do later on in life.
 

 

Check out this article on the effects of early sports specialisation

 

Why not come and see what all the fuss is about? Call us on 0113 3359915 or email us at leeds@thelittlegym.eu  and book in for a class today!

 


SUMMER CAMPS & CLASSES BOOKING NOW OPEN!!

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The sunny Bank Holiday weekend might only just be over, but the summer holidays aren’t far away!! Some schools finish for summer in less than 2 months time!! Lots of you have been getting organised and have been asking for our Summer Schedule so here it is!! As in previous summers we will be running a combination of camps and classes for six weeks from the 23rd July until the 2nd September.

  

Fun-Filled Summer Camps!

We will be running our hugely popular Super Quest Camps for (3-8) and our Skill Thrill classes for your gymnastics junkies (5-12) and NEW Dance Camps for 3-8 throughout the summer. That means lots of fun, flips, and laughter for every child.  

 

Our camps are three hours long. During the first hour, your children are in the gym going on an adventure with our teachers. During the second hour, we have snacks (provided by The Little Gym Leeds) for a rest and to boost their energy, followed by a break with age-appropriate arts, crafts, reading, stories and play. And then it's back into the gym for a final hour of fun!

 

You can find our Summer Camps Schedule HERE . The camp schedule remains the same for each week of the summer, with a different theme for the camps every week, and lots of exciting new games to play and skills to learn! For full details you can also download our schedule brochure HERE.

 

Super Quest Camps -- 3-8 Year Olds

Children from 3-8 years old can go on a Super Quest as a Super Hero, Secret Agent, Pirate or Mighty Explorer. and many more wonderful themes. We'll take your little one on a gymnastics and sports Super Quest full of exciting themed missions in the gym. Then they'll take a break from the running around for healthy snacks, arts and crafts, before heading back into the gym for their next mission. 

 

Skill Thrill Camps -- 5-12 Year Olds

For gymnastics junkies aged between 5-12 years, come on a super fun and confidence boosting Skill Thrill workshop to perfect handstands, cartwheels, vaulting, handsprings and more. Skill Thrill Camps are themed camps that also build in some seriously fun skill development! Not only do your children go on a fun mission in the gym, they also get to hone their gymnastics skills just in time to show them off at school again in September!

 

NEW DANCE CAMPS – 3-8 Year Olds

This summer on a Wednesday afternoon we will be running some NEW Dance Camps. Join us for an adventure around the globe and experience the colourful world of dance, music and self-expression! Each camp we will introduce new dance styles through fun skill combinations, activities, and games that encourage an appreciation for dance! Improve balance, coordination and learn new skills as we dance to the beat of these seriously fun new camps!   

 

Flexible Camp Scheduling! 

Family schedules are complicated, and you might not want to sign up and attend camps all day every day. No problem! At The Little Gym, we give you the choice of doing one half-day camp a week, two, three, or even five, six or seven! The number of camps you attend is absolutely flexible and designed to work with the differing needs of families and children. 

 

Member and Non Members both welcome to attend Camps

 

Great Deals with Summer Camp Bundles!

Summer Sunshine is great, and so are our great Summer Camp Bundles! Buy five half-day camps and get a sixth free. Camps are £25 per half day for members, and £35 per half-day for non-members. Don't forget our 10% discount throughout May, book earl;y to secure your spot and this discount!!

  

A Summer Bonus -- Classes!!

We're thrilled to announce that we will now be holding classes for every age group -- from 4 months to 12 years -- across the summer.  You do need to become a member as ever to attend our classes!

 

Summer classes with our lovely teachers are a great way to keep developing your children's bodies, brains, and their social and emotional skills while they're having a break from school. 

 

Our super teachers will run classes for Bugs, Birds, Beasts, Super Beasts, Funny Bugs, Giggle Worms, Good Friends, Flips and Hot Shots, AND Twisters all the way through the summer

 

You can find our complete Summer Classes schedule HERE -- choose 'Summer 2018' from the drop down schedule menu. 

  

Great Value Summer Class Bundles!

We also have some fantastic summer value bundles and the opportunity for summer only pay-as-you-go sessions to keep your little ones giggling and growing across the summer holidays. These value bundles are only available across the summer

 

Check these great Summer Bundles out: 

Summer Bundle One: As many classes as you want throughout the summer for £99

Summer Bundle Two: Six Summer Classes for £87

Pay-As-You-Go: £16

  

Bookings are now open! Spaces will be limited, so get in early to take advantage of our 10% discount and secure your space!

 

Call us on 0113 3359915


Email: leeds@thelittlegym.eu 


Or find us on Facebook and send a message

 

 


Social Development is as Important as Physical Development at The Little Gym

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Here at The Little Gym we recently asked for reviews from parents who have visited the gym and what really stood out was how much our members value the classes with regard to their child's social development, and how we provide opportunities for children to interact and build relationships with others in a supportive environment. When a child becomes confident in their physical abilities and social interaction in class, this confidence carries over in to their daily lives outside of The Little Gym as they grow up!

 

Here are some top tips on encouraging your child's social development!

 

  • Love your child and show your affection for them.
  • Encourage your child to try new things.
  • Give your child opportunities to play with other children their age.
  • Show your feelings.
  • Establish daily routines.
  • Acknowledge your child's feelings.

Our current learning unit is all about developing social skills and working as a team. Positive social skills can be learned and improved upon throughout childhood. Programs at The Little Gym help children grow and develop social skills in a fun, nurturing environment that provides opportunities for learning. Games are used to enhance social development and the non-competitive nature of these encourages children to play with each other rather than compete against each other. Children learn to become more considerate towards each other, more aware of their feelings and the feelings of others, and more willing to co-operate and support one another.

 

Children love to have friends in class, whether these are friends they have made here, or friends from outside of The Little Gym! So, May is our Bring a Friend Month and you should now have your very sought after Bring A Friend Invitations which are available for our wonderful members; you!

 

Here’s what you need to do…

 

Step 1: With your little one, pick a friend who would love to experience a TLG class.

 

Step 2: On the invite, fill in the details of your regular class, day, time; this will be the class your friend is invited to join.

 

Step 3: Make your friend very happy and hand them the invite. They get to join you for 1 class during the month of May

 

Step 4: Have your friend give us a call to book in for the class written on the invite

 

Step 5: Meet them at The Little Gym and have Serious Fun!

 

Here comes the fun part…

 

If your friend loves it as much as your little one, they have until the end of May to book in and receive a 10% discount on the term fees. Your little one and their friend will also both receive a free TLG T-Shirt!

 

Don’t forget

 

If both you and your friend are unable to make your regular class, you’re still able to switch to a different day you’re both able to attend. Please check with one of the team before handing out the invite, just to make sure there’s space for you both.

 

We can't wait to welcome our members and their friends to join us during the month of May for some Serious Fun!

 

Call us on 0113 3359915


Email leeds@thelittlegym.eu 


Or find us on Facebook and send a message

 


Bring A Friend Month Throughout May

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We love seeing the children in our weekly classes smiling, laughing and learning. We also love seeing the children building confidence and taking that confidence beyond The Little Gym. One of our 3D learning aspects we believe in is building Social Skills and what better way to combine the two by inviting a friend to share the growth. 

 

Over the coming week we will be handing out some very sought after Bring a Friend Invitations to all of our current members; you! In the past we’ve had a Bring a Friend Week… this term we’re having a Bring a Friend Month! Having listened to feedback, we’re giving you more time to book in that very special friend to join us.

 

Here’s what happens next…

 

Step 1: With your little one, pick a friend who would love to experience a TLG class. 

Step 2: On the invite, fill in the details of your regular class, day, time; this will be the class your friend is invited to join.

Step 3: Make your friend very happy and hand them the invite. They get to join you for 1 class during the month of May, spaces are limited due to busy classes but we will have extra staff in class to help out during May. 

Step 4: Have your friend give us a call to book in for the class written on the invite

Step 5: Meet them at The Little Gym and have Serious Fun! 

 

Here comes the fun part… 

 

If your friend loves it as much as your little one, they have until the end of May to book in and receive a 10% discount on the term fees. Your little one and their friend will also both receive a free TLG T-Shirt! 

 

Don’t forget

 

If both you and your friend are unable to make your regular class, you’re still able to switch to a different day you’re both able to attend. Please check with one of the team before handing out the invite, just to make sure there’s space for you both.

 

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

 

 


Members Offer - Win a FREE birthday party!

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Your opinion matters and that is why we are asking all of our members to write a review on Google so that any visitors to our gym online, can get a really genuine idea about what to expect from becoming a members with us.

 

When you click on the this Google Review Link, it takes you to a google page and our business is featured on the right hand side of the page.  Scroll down a little to where the reviews are and add your own.  You can award us stars which takes but seconds, or write a full review which takes a little while longer.

 

Everyone who writes a review/awards us stars, will have their name put into a hat and one lucky member will win a FREE Birthday Party. Two runners up will receive a FREE Camp to be redeemed during our Summer Camps. Draw takes place after the Easter holidays on 16th April. 

 

Read more about our Birthday Parties online or download our Birthday Brochure
Thank you for writing a review and helping us to reach more families in and around Leeds.

 

The Little Gym Leeds Team


Ofsted says settings are 'not physical enough'

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At The Little Gym Leeds we are very aware of the importance of physical activity and risk taking at a young age.  We are therefore keen to share with you an interesting article we saw via Nursery World Magazine about how we need to encourage our children to take more risks!

 

OFSTED said ‘Settings are not physical enough’ and children are not taking ‘safe risks’.

 

Classes at The Little Gym specifically encourage risk taking in a safe environment as recommended in this article.  Parents and carers are naturally concerned with the safety and happiness of their child’s activity/experience.  This sometimes leads them to be primarily concerned with protecting children from any ‘negative’ experience (falling, failing) rather than encouraging children to take risks or try something difficult such as lean/swing for a bar that is out of reach.

 

The positive impact of trying something hard or scary and eventually succeeding is invaluable to mental health, as well as physical development.  Schools are reporting that 4 year olds are entering school without being able to sit still and this is due to a lack of physical development – core strength and hip flexing – movement activities, rather than any fidgety lack of concentration. 

 

You can read the full article here  

 

For further information on our classes:

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


Welcome All New Mums & Dads!

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Welcoming a newborn into the world is a truly miraculous time.  It is exciting as well as challenging, it literally turns your world upside down (of course in the most positive way) and on top of that, there is not one but 1000s of manuals on what you are supposed to do!  It does not matter how many parenting books you have read, there is so much to learn and when it comes to the crunch much of this learning happens through trial and error. 

 

Nowadays, there is such a large range of activities and classes on offer, it is difficult to sift through the options and decide what is best for your baby in order to best support his or her development.  Studies indicate that movement feeds the brain and lays the foundations for learning.  It is important to encourage movement in the early months of baby's life to help them reach developmental milestones. Click here to find out more about the benefits of early movement.

 

The Little Gym Leeds offers classes for children from as young as 4 months.  The Bugs class (4-10mths) is a 45 minute long parent and child session which is designed to support babies overall development through the use of age appropriate developmental gymnastics.  Children are exposed to the rich multi-sensory environment.  This allows them to learn and helps them gain a better understanding of the world around them.  More importantly though, they explore the gym environment with their senses as well as their bodies.

 

Everyone learns through processing sensory inputs.  Our sensory system picks up information and generates an appropriate response/reaction.  You may know about the five most common senses; touch, smell, hearing, taste and sight.  But did you know about the other two hidden senses?  The sense of balance (the vestibular system) and proprioception (our sense of where our bodies are in space)?  Those two senses play an absolutely crucial role in our lives and without them, we would not be able to function.

 

You may well be wondering how we can develop these?  Through MOVEMENT and the key is starting in the early months of a baby's life.  This is when The Little Gym comes in, the skills Bugs do at The Little Gym, such as rotational activities on the floor, moving across inclined mats as well as the balancing beam, weight bearing skills on legs and arms and gripping/pulling with the arms all feed into the child's development.  Along with the sensory stimulation, children develop much needed strength which aids them greatly in reaching milestones.  These include rolling, sitting up, crawling and so on.

 

The lovely thing about the Bugs classes is that the learning is not only for the children but also for you, the parent.  Spending time in the gym with your child teaches you about different areas of child development and the theory behind why we do specific activities; you can practice skills learnt at the gym at home and gain confidence in how to support your baby safely and you will definitely enhance the bond between you and your child.  it is also a great chance to make friends and grab a coffee after class!!

 

Get in touch for more information by emailing leeds@thelittlegym.eu or calling us on 0113 3359915 or on facebook Our classes continue until 12 yrs of age.  Check out our full class details

The Little Gym Leeds Team

 


January Sale - Full Details

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Throughout January we have three amazing offers for you:

  • If you come for a trial and sign up on the day you will receive a free class
  • If you book a Birthday Party during January we will include the air trak for free
  • If you buy 10 of our Bugs Classes you will receive a 15% discount

These offers are only available in January and dependant on availability!  

 

Call us on 0113 3359915

Email leeds@thelittlgym.eu 

Or find us on Facebook and send us a message

 


Enrol for February

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 12th February 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 20th November - 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 10th December. If we haven't received a payment to secure their place, we will release the spot for someone else. 

From 17th November - 10th December - 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. 

11th December - The Priority Enrolment discount will have expired by Monday 11th December. 

Between 11th December - 11th February - You will still have an opportunity to enrol for the 2nd Semester classes; unfortunately without the 20% discount.

As ever, if you have any questions let one of your team know or... 
Call us on 0113 3359915
Email leeds@thelittlegym.eu

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! 


Parent Playdate

Parent_Playdate_copyWe're so excited to announce our Parent Playdate! 

A new event for The Little Gym Leeds especially for parents with children between 4-18 months.

Thursday 23rd November from 2pm-2.45pm

During your time at the gym you will be led through a structured TLG class; the activities are specific for children between 4-18 months old.  

Our friendly neighbours at Costa have also kindly given everyone attending the event a 10% discount on drinks to use after the event. 

Spaces are very limited, please call to book your free place on 0113 3359915


Winter Camps at The Little Gym

TheLittleGym_Blog_Winter_Camps_2017_460x460We're excited to announce our 3 hour Winter Camps again at TLG Leeds! 

This year our camps will be running from

2-5th January 2018

Again there'll be a mixture of Adventure Camps (for children 3-8 years) and our Skill Camps (for children 5-12 years) Check the details and dates here
And head to the camp schedule page for more info! 

Also, throughout the month of November we're offering a 10% discount on all camps booked! Don't miss out on this great opportunity, the camps will fill up fast! 

Call us on 0113 3359915

Email leeds@thelittlegym.eu

or find us on Facebook and send a message

European Franchisee of the Year

Franchise Award PhotoThe Little Gym Yorkshire named as European Franchisee of the Year

The team at The Little Gym are jumping for joy after learning they have been awarded an
international award. Owner Kate Henebury was named franchisee of the year by The Little Gym
Europe at their recent convention in Germany.

Kate opened The Little Gym Harrogate in 2010 and quickly became a firm favourite in the Harrogate
and district area for gymnastics classes, camps and parties. Through the years the Harrogate gym has
created a real sense of family as 100’s children pass through their doors each week. This success
helped Kate open The Little Gym Leeds in 2016.

As one of the fastest growing gyms in European history, The Little Gym Leeds is now fully established
and is seeing the same success as Harrogate. Through Kate’s meticulous attention to detail and
commitment to providing top class services for her members The Little Gym Leeds is now thriving
with over 500 children visiting the gym each week for regular classes.

The team’s at both The Little Gym Harrogate and Leeds strive to create a sense of community,
teaching classes weekly and seeing families grow over the years. The relationships and bonds made
with the children and teachers provide the safe nurturing space needed for a lifetime of success.
Kate’s plans are firmly set on opening The Little Gym York in 2018.

The Little Gym provides a fun environment with a serious purpose. Fostering growth in physical
development, listening, concentration and social skills like sharing and team work. The gyms will
receive additional equipment as part of the award. On a weekly basis The Little Gym welcomes over
1000 children through its doors in Yorkshire. With current plans underway to open a third site in
York, it is hoped this will increase to over 2000 in the next two years! Building confidence one jump
at time!

What's a Funny Bug?

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A really special age and a wonderful developmental stage in a child's life, our 3-4 year olds.


At The Little Gym, this is the first age group where children will venture into the gym on their own without a parent. Our class sizes are up to 18 children with a minimum of 3 instructors, the perfect ratio to encourage learning, social awareness and cognitive development. During the class, these wonderful inquisitive little Funny Bugs will begin to make steps towards independence in the gym. 


Parents can either stay and watch with a cup of tea or head off for the hour and get some errands done! 


The instructors will begin the class by giving them a challenge or special theme. This will fuel their incredible imagination throughout the class. We know 3 year olds love stories, creativity and imagination and what better time to harness that! Our Funny Bugs will be led through a wonderful journey, not even realising they're learning throughout the hour! 


A 3 year old is still working out what their bodies are capable of, our instructors will give them ample opportunity for independent play, a fundamental part of the learning process. The chance to take what they've been shown or told and use that information in their own way. You'll often see children in the throws of an epic pirate adventure or helping to build a huge castle or working with a friend to feed animals in the forest! Whatever imagination is fuelling their class, you can guarantee their little bodies will be learning the basics of gymnastics at the very same time. 


Throughout the class, the instructors will be showing and telling the Funny Bugs new skills and activities to try on the equipment. From the beginning stages of a handstand or cartwheel, skills on the bar and beam and even vaulting. Each child will receive individual tuition based on their abilities and each teacher will give specific feedback to progress the skills when the Funny Bug is ready. 


We love this age group for the incredible amount of development happening each and every week. These brilliant little 3 year olds have so much potential; for learning, for creativity, for friendship but more importantly, to be a child! For them these classes are pure fun but for us we know there is so much more happening! 


If you would like more information about our brilliant Funny bugs classes, please don't hesitate to get in touch. We could talk all day about this age group but the best way for you is to come see/try a class in action! Take a peek at the schedule here to see which Funny Bugs will work best for you. 


To book an intro class: 


Call us on 0113 3359915 

Email leeds@thelittlegym.eu

Or find us on Facebook and send a message. 

 
  

Convention The Little Gym 2017

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The Little Gym Europe has organised in October 2017 its biennial convention held at Phantasialand (Germany) where the European network of The Little Gym Franchise Owners had a chance to meet up and network. 

This year’s convention “Springboard to your Success” focused on making ​the franchisee's business grow in a changing world.

 

A massive congratulations to all of our award winners, but especially owner Kate from The Little Gym Harrogate & Leeds who won the franchisee of the year award.

 

AWARDS 2017


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Franchisee of the year​

Kate Henebury
The Little Gym Harrogate and The Little Gym Leeds​
Read more about Kate's story.

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Ambassador to the network

​Peter Paul​ van Reenen
The Little Gym Amsterdam and The Little Gym Den Haag
Read more on Peter-Paul's journey.

Vivian

From Bugs to Jets

Vivian​ Verstraelen
Gym Director at The Little Gym Den Haag. 
Read more about Vivian. 


Pierre

Growth from within​

Pierre​ Follebouckt
The Little Gym Uccle, The Little Gym Wavre & The Little Gym Wezembeek
Read more about Pierre.

Martin

Full steam ahea​​d​

Martin​ Petrov
The Little Gym Sofia
Read more about Martin.

Bring a Friend Month

IMG_7775We love seeing the children in our weekly classes smiling, laughing and learning. We also love seeing the children building confidence and taking that confidence beyond The Little Gym. One of our 3D learning aspects we believe in is building Social Skills and what better way to combine the two by inviting a friend to share the growth. 

Over the coming week we will be handing out some very sought after Bring a Friend Invitations to all of our current members; you! In the past we’ve had a Bring a Friend Week… this term we’re having a Bring a Friend Month! Having listened to feedback, we’re giving you more time to book in that very special friend to join us.

Here’s what happens next…

Step 1: With your little one, pick a friend who would love to experience a TLG class. 

Step 2: On the invite, fill in the details of your regular class, day, time; this will be the class your friend is invited to join.

Step 3: Make your friend very happy and hand them the invite. They get to join you for 1 class during the month of November

Step 4: Have your friend give us a call to book in for the class written on the invite

Step 5: Meet them at The Little Gym and have Serious Fun! 

Here comes the fun part… 

If your friend loves it as much as your little one, they have until the end of November to book in and receive a 10% discount on the term fees. Your little one and their friend will also both receive a free TLG T-Shirt! 

Don’t forget

If both you and your friend are unable to make your regular class, you’re still able to switch to a different day you’re both able to attend. Please check with one of the team before handing out the invite, just to make sure there’s space for you both.

Let's make it their best yet...

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We're so lucky to be able to host birthday parties here at The Little Gym. Each weekend we get to celebrate with the special birthday child, their family and friends. 
The parties have been so wonderful we wanted to share some of the feedback with you. Lets make their next birthday the best yet! 

"Thank you to all the amazing team at The Little Gym Leeds, for giving Martha the BEST birthday party ever yesterday. She and her friends had the most wonderful time, non stop smiles and giggles, and Naomi and Dani had their attention from start to finish. It was brilliantly organised, and tailor made to include all of Martha's favourite activities from her classes. We all love this place, and the teachers, and cannot recommend the classes or parties highly enough. Thank You xxx" Martha's party (Just turned 6)

"Thank you for a lovely time. It was well organised and completely stress free for me!" From a mum of 2 who shared their party

We love talking about parties at The Little Gym, if you have questions about how they run, or would like a little more information about availability head to the website, call us or email, or come have a brew with us and chat it over thoroughly.