GymbaROO Program

Classes are divided into specific Ages/Stages of development.

* BabyROO * MOBILE BABIES * MOBILE BABIES / FAIRY PENGUINS * FAIRY PENGUINS * PENGUINS * KOALAS * WALLABIES * KANGAROOS * POSSUMS * EMUS

See below for more detailed Information re these Ages/Stages...

Our Term programs run for either a 9 week or 10 week Term. We recommend booking in for the start of the Term but you are also welcome to join us part way through & you pay pro rata. (Classes work out to be $25 each or cheaper if you book in for the full term) This is inclusive of GST and insurance per term, neurological handouts, visualisation book, hire of nametag & term copy of First Steps Magazine are included.

Sessions run for 45 minutes with Wall/Kang(Poss) classes running for 50 minutes. Babies/Children attend once a week over the course of a 9 or 10 week term & their Parent/Carer stays with them. 3 Week Intro is $75.

We offer make-up classes for classes missed and also pro-rata fees for starting after week 1.

Each class is facilitated by a qualified teacher and qualified assistant.

The GymbaROO program offers activities that encourage and promote your baby and toddlers natural developmental movement patterns. From the beginning of time babies from birth, without intervention, have moved in the same natural pattern. Through modern day conveniences, such as baby bounces and walkers, babies are less exposed to nature's intended opportunities to move naturally. With interventions such as the capsule and contoured prams (prams that are v-shaped restrict movement verses flat bed prams), baby's movement opportunities are more prohibited. Balancing your modern day conveniences with ample opportunity for your baby to move naturally, will allow your baby to grow and develop through their natural movement patterns. We show you how at GymbaROO.

Toddlers are engage activities to help improve balance, motor skills, muscle tone, confidence and nuture their natural desire to explore their world independently.

Our Kinder Readiness and School Readiness programs help children consolidate their new skills bought about by lateralisation of the brain. They also learn to work in groups, improve language skills and follow instructions independently. The aim of these programs is to ensure that children have or a developing all areas required for successful learning.

Progressing naturally through natural movement patterns helps build strength and muscle tone, which facilitates the next developmental stage. Each stage builds the foundation for the next stage. During the movement patterns of each developmental stage, neural pathways are stimulated by this movement ,therefore facilitating appropriate brain development.


BABYROO (Non Mobile Babies)

The non-mobile babies class runs for 45 minutes at our Box Hill North centres. They are for all babies under 7 months of age. Modifications are made during the class for younger babies under 5 months. The emphasis is on massage, gentle vestibular stimulation, reflex inhibition and muscle tone. Parents are given valuable information to help their baby grow in it''s natural sequence. Please Gentle movement, massage, exercises, reflex inhibition, rythmn and strengthening. Like all of our classes this is a baby/parent focused class where crucial knowledge is given to help parents facilitate their babies natural development.


MOBILE BABIES - Fast Commando Crawling & Creeping

For babies approx 7 months & over. Whilst we still do massage and exercises, there is less emphasis on the massage and more on body awareness, visual and auditory activities and your child will start to take part in the music and singing activities. They will do lots of crawling and exploring that will give them the skills and confidence to move into the walking stage. They need new balancing skills, adjustment of visual perception, and increased muscle tone. Our classes will give you lots of ideas for activities at home that will enable you to continue to have fun and explore with your baby as you do at GymbaROO.


FAIRY PENGUINS - New walkers

For Cruising babies - New Walkers. This is the transition stage when your baby has started to stand up & cruise along walls & furniture, but still crawls as well sometimes especially when in a hurry! Some may be capable of a few wobbly steps on their own and others may be walking with assistance. As they waddle, walking around like 'Fairy Penguins' they are establishing their balance and body awareness. We introduce essential skills to help balance and muscle tone. Our large equipment is more challenging to encourage confidence in climbing.

Despite the fact that it is an exciting and fun time it might also be frustrating for them as they learn all these news skills! As your one year old child can move more or less in an upright position, he needs to adjust his vision and hearing as he is now seeing and hearing things from a different perspective. This is hard work for our little one because the things he knew look different now! That's one of the reasons why at that age your child may not advance his speech yet. From 13 mths to 18 mths, your child is still learning a lot about himself and his world, and also about his limbs and how they work! 


PENGUINS - Walking to 18 months

Now infants are waddling like penguins as they strive to get their balance and body awareness. At last our little ones are upright, but eyes and ears need to adjust for seeing and understanding. The sessions at this age ain at muscle tone development through walking, hanging by their hands, wheelbarrows and steps. Once an infant is walking we provide ideas for parents and activities for the infant which increase their balance mechanisms and strengthen muscle tone.


KOALAS - 18 mths - 2 years

In this class, during our mat time we start to incorporate finger plays and activities which require the children to listen and then respond to an instruction. E.g. Clapping, jumping, balancing. We do activities which require them to use left / right independently and begin very specific ball activities. This stage of development is bi-lateral, meaning that both sides of body are working in coordination. By 18 months of age, toddlers have wonderful skill with their hands- they have improved focus and control. Our activities are aimed at strengthening and developing these skills, as they now have control over how to release an object they are holding. The two year old year is an important year of change in both behaviour speech and fine motor skills. The Koala stage sets the groundwork for the transition into the next stage of development - laterality. We would like to help your child in their development journey.


WALLABIES - 2 - 2.5 Years

Our classes are becoming more structured as this is the time for children to start learning limits and to improve their concentration.At this level we introduce specific movements that encourage the child to pass objects from one side of their body to another(crossing the midline) and also to get them to do one thing with one limb and something different with the other limb which is full explored during activities with musical instruments. Repetition is vital for development of all ages but is very important at this age.


KANGAROOS - 2.5 - 3 Years

Sessions at this age are geared for the development of sensory integration and the consequent laterality, and for this reason a preferred hand and foot is now encouraged in all activities. Areas where instructions are required are increased in complexity. Repetition is vital for the development of all ages.


POSSUM - 3 - 4 Years

This 55 minute class is our KindyROO - Kinder Readiness Class (often combined with the EMUS - see below). It allows for greater teamwork and Sensory Motor Stimulation and promotes further sensory integraton and laterality. Children learn to follow instructions and work in groups. Children are given the opportunity to perfect their abilities in the area of cross pattern action, with hopping for balance, skipping along and throwing and catching.


EMUS - 4 - 5 Years

This is our KindyROO - School Readiness Class (often combined with our POSSUMS - see above). The activities at GymbaROO help to lay the groundwork for early reading/writing and preschool/school. As their control over all muscle groups is strengthened and fine tuned, they can start concentrating on language skills. Mat time activities at GymbaROO are aimed at fine tuning these skills, with more challenging tasks. Their ball skills are far better and their hand/eye coordination is more focused. During this course, we have a different routine which is better suited to your child's developing skills, while increasing the concentration time and the complexity and number of instructions. At this stage, they also start to learn to work in groups, to line up and to follow the leader. The beginning stages of our "Jump into Reading Program" is started. The sessions include counting, memory activities and visual exercises. A sub theme is added to the overall term theme to further develop these skills. Of course, there is still the all important large equipment time where by now they love climbing ladders, jumping on trampolines and hanging upside down. It is during this period that they are starting to consolidate all the previously learned skills and fine tuning them to enhance their early preschool experience.


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