It's 2019 and we can't wait for another year filled with lots of serious fun here at The Little Gym Leeds!!
We wanted to kick off the new year with some amazing offers for both new and current members. So throughout the month of January we will be running the following:
***2 WEEKS FREE***
Simply book your introductory visit with us and if you become a member within the month of January you will get your first 2 weeks absolutely free!!
***£50 OFF BIRTHDAY PARTIES***
No matter when your little one's birthday is, if you book a party with us within the month of January you will save yourself £50 off the price. That means members will get a party for £200 and non-members will get a party for £250. Check out our birthday brochure here for more info on our party package.
***15% OFF FOR BUGS***
Bugs is the name we give to our 4-10 month olds here at The Little Gym. If you have a new little one in your life and you're looking for some serious fun then why not sign up with us? You can get 10 sessions to use for just £76.50!! Look at the schedule here to see which Bugs class would work for you!
Happy New Year
With the new year coming up we thought we'd get some new designs for the TLG t-shirts and hoodies so we will be offering up all our current stock at a reduced price. We think it might be a great Christmas gift ready in time for the big day.
Please see below all the colours/sizes we have available and when it's gone it's gone. All items will be sold on a first come first served basis.
T-shirts will be £5 and hoodies £15.
If you would like to reserve one of the items on the list give us a call and we'll pop it to one side ready for you to collect. Call us on 0113 3359915 or email us on email@example.com.
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? That's because 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 of their 7 senses! Click here to read more about the senses. Although it may not be obvious, they pay far more attention than we think. They are constantly curious and interested in their environment but the only way to learn more about the world around them is to experience it with their bodies.
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, when 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 new and different ways, take risks and build strong bodies all whilst being exposed to a rich multi-sensory environment.
We know at The Little Gym Leeds how important it is for children to be barefoot, aiding strong and healthy foot development.
Did you know a child’s foot actually contains no bones at all but consists of cartilage?? This mass of cartilage ossifies (strengthens) to become all 26 bones of our adult feet. This process is only complete in their late teens.
You may have also noticed that babies are born with a pad of fat in the arches of their feet, which makes them look flat footed. The leg and foot muscles are not yet strong enough to properly support their arches when they begin to stand. By the ages of 2 to 3 the arch has usually begun to develop.
How can movement and bare footing help?
From their first step to their cartwheels, our feet take responsibility of carrying all of life’s adventures. The more movement they can do barefoot, the more we can strengthen the muscles and help to build our bone density through weight bearing activities.
We know as soon as the shoes and socks are put on they come straight back off! We may think it's a cry for attention or rebelling from being told what to do but children love the freedom and the comfort of being barefoot. This also allows the child to observe their toes and see the movement their feet can do which also develops their body awareness.
Movement is highly beneficial for the growth of strong and healthy feet. Bare-footing allows the children to have a better grasp on the floor as they feel the floor temperature, materials and all different kinds of textures beneath their feet during motion. It provides stability and spatial awareness to manipulate their body around obstacles to avoid tripping or falling.
Movement is also vital in helping the arch develop therefore it can function properly. The arch of the foot is designed to bare all weight from the human body as well as absorbing all the stresses that are placed on us from day to day. Without the arch this can cause negative effects on the bio-mechanics of our bodies.
At The Little Gym Leeds we encourage all of our children to be bare foot in the gym not only to prevent slipping on the equipment but also so that they can benefit from all of these amazing stimuli!
Because the holidays are a time for spending with friends and family we won't be operating our regular opening hours. Please see below the dates we are closed and when we are running our very popular Winter camps:
|Mon 24th Dec
|Tues 25th Dec
|Weds 26th Dec
|Thurs 27th Dec||-||CAMPS|
|Fri 28th Dec||-||CAMPS|
|Sat 29th Dec||CLOSED||-|
|Sun 30th Dec||CLOSED||-|
|Mon 31st Dec
NEW YEARS EVE
|Tues 1st Jan
NEW YEARS DAY
|Weds 2nd Jan||-||CAMPS|
|Thurs 3rd Jan||-||CAMPS|
|Fri 4th Jan||-||CAMPS|
|Sat 5th Jan||CLOSED||-|
|Sun 6th Jan||CLOSED||-|
|Mon 7th Jan||BACK TO NORMAL||BACK TO NORMAL|
We hope all our members enjoy the festive period with their loved ones and we would like to wish you all a happy New Year! We can't wait to see you all back after the break. If you won't be here during your regular class be sure to let us know so you can make up your class at a later date.
If you are wanting something for your little ones to do over the holidays, don't forget about our camps!