• Why GymbaROO ?
    For 30 years the program has developed a formidable reputation for delivering quality to parents and children. Over 30,000 children and their parents attend a GymbaROO session each week.
    Dr Frances Glascoe, a world leader in early childhood development, who is the author of PEDS which has been rolled out Nationwide by Maternal Child Health Centres, is a pro-bono patron of GymbaROO because she loves what the program offers parents, especially dads.
    The American Academy of Pediatrics Developmental and Behavioural News vol 16 Spring 2007 published a four page article describing the program positively and giving it the tag "An innovative Australian approach".
    Initially based on practical experience and observation, and positive outcomes for early implementations, today after 30 years, there is significant empirical research validating many aspects of the underlying GymbaROO Rationale.
    FUN & LEARNING! GymbaROO’s activity classes are all about fun and learning! Children can climb, swing, tumble, dance and sing their way to a healthy brain and body in readiness for later school learning.
    JUST ASK AROUND: GymbaROO is highly recommended by many health professionals, including Paediatricians, Child Health Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Paediatric Osteopaths and Paediatric Chiropractors.
    At GymbaROO we do not advocate avoiding modern medical advice; rather we help to show you ways in which you can still enable your baby to experience those important movement and sensory opportunities necessary for healthy brain and body development.

    80% of brain development occurs in the first year of life, 90% by the age of four. Experiences a child has in the first years lay the foundation for life.

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Ages and Stages

All the activities we do at GymbaROO are aimed at fostering the normal sequence of development appropriate to your child’s age.

Children who progress through the normal, natural stages of development in the first years of life are unlikely to have learning problems when they are at school.

Normal development occurs in an expected pattern and progress through each developmental level provides the foundation for a higher level of development:

  • FIRST YEAR: Babies come into the world with involuntary movements and with experience, gradually gain control over their movements.

              We call this the REFLEX/MOTOR STAGE of development.

  • SECOND YEAR: During this year, children move their bodies using both sides equally and often at the same time.

              We call this the MOTOR/PERCEPTUAL STAGE of development.

  • THIRD YEAR: A dominant side of the body develops and our children learn to use one side of the body differently to the other, at the same time. They also move one side of their body across into the other side.  

              We call this the PERCEPTUAL/MOTOR STAGE of development.

  • FOURTH YEAR: This is the year when motor skills are refined and automaticity of movement enables a child’s brain to be freed up for higher thinking and learning skills.

              We call this the PERCEPTUAL/CONCEPTUAL STAGE of development.

Exercise is a key component of the GymbaROO program. Music and rhythm, visual, and auditory and speech skills are also interwoven for all ages as an integral component of the GymbaROO movement program.

Muscle tone, flexibility and activities which stimulate the vestibular system are also included throughout all stages.

As all stages are interwoven throughout development, re-enforcement of earlier stage skills is important at all levels.

BabyROO  Birth to approximately 12 months

Toddlers  Walking to 3 years

Ready for Kindy 3 - 4 years

School Readiness  4 – 5 years

Read more: ‘How exercise can transform your child’s life’

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