• 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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Active Babies Smart Kids - About The Series

About the Active Babies Smart Kids Online TV Series

Continuing our pursuit of helping today’s children get off to the best start possible, we are delighted to announce the release of our fabulous FREE (to Australia and New Zealand) online TV series: “Active Babies Smart Kids TV”. This series contains wonderful information about the development of babies and fabulous ideas that help mums and dads get babies off to a great start!

Click here to view the Active Babies Smart Kids TV introductory episode.

At GymbaROO & KindyROO we know that parents are a child’s first, most important and best teachers. Parents play such a crucial role in the early years. Well informed parents make more confident parents. Helping parents and carers to understand the importance of early childhood development is the key to assisting babies to develop into successful learners and competent adults.

It had become obvious that with the explosion of technological advances the world had seen of late, that the ability to reach millions of parents with important information and great fun ideas to enhance early childhood development would now be possible and needed to be done.

The series has been adapted by Dr Jane Williams and Bindy Cummings from GymbaROO’s highly acclaimed neuro-developmental programs.It is the brain-child of Bindy, niece of the Founder of GymbaROO, Margaret Sassé, and daughter of the co-developer of the GymbaROO DVD series “The Importance of Being…” Dr Mary- Lou Sheil. With a teaching degree in Physical Education, a past GymbaROO NSW Manager, long-term GymbaROO franchisee, teacher trainer and consultant, and years of experience in the media industry, Bindy brings a wealth of knowledge & a fabulous in-front-of-camera vibrancy. Dr Jane Williams, Research and Education General Manager for GymbaROO & KindyROO, provided important neuro-developmental knowledge and input, as well as continuing involvement and support.

Ideas were formulated and scripts were developed, written and rewritten.
It was a steep learning curve for all involved, including the terrific production team from The Media Mix in Melbourne Australia lead by Rohan Roberston and Kristian Curcio. This sort of series, on this scale, had not been attempted before so we had no example to follow.

We put out a call to our Melbourne GymbaROO’s for cast members and were thrilled and very grateful to the parents and babies that came to be a part of this piece of GymbaROO history. All in all over 40 babies and their parents were involved. They formed the most delightful cast ever assembled! (Well we think so!!)
Our wonderful and knowledgeable specialists were only too happy to contribute both their time and expertise, and their addition to the program is so very valuable.

Thanks to our cast and crew, (including our GymbaROO volunteers and our fantastic director -Danielle McAlpine), and a combination of know how and understanding from both a developmental and a production side, we ended up with our first 12 episodes.

We are simply delighted with the results and hope that you are too!

We have created this first series for parents and carers of babies (newborn to crawling). It is called ‘The BabyROO series’ and includes 12 x 22min episodes.

Our “BabyROO series” is full of important information, exciting insights and lots of fun activities and ideas to help your baby’s brain and body development. It is designed to help parents help their babies when they cannot attend a GymbaROO, KindyROO or BabyROO centre. It also helps remind those who already attend a centre of some of the activities done there. Of course a TV series cannot possibly replace the wonderful socialisation opportunities and movement activities you and your baby get when attending a centre… hpowever, if you have no access to the wonderful GymbaROO & KindyROO program, this is a great place to start! Everyone can now join in and “do some BabyROO” in the comfort of your own home.

This series covers the how and why of important developmental areas from tummy time to baby’s balance along with visual development, baby massage, exercises and much more. The episodes also include chats with early childhood specialists . The Let’s do BabyROO section of each episode encourages parents to join in with their baby to do baby exercises and dances to music, baby massage, activities to help with visual development, hearing and speech, baby balance, the inhibition of primitive reflexes and so much more. Just like our BabyROO classes, our Active Babies Smart Kids Online TV Series is all based on fun and learning together with joy and happiness.

This series will show you how to help your baby maximize their potential, and help to make sure they get the best opportunity to learn as much as there is to learn from each developmental stage they are going through. This will help ensure they build really solid foundations for a lifetime of learning. Babies who are provided with the right sorts of activities at the right ages and stages of development will benefit enormously – socially, emotionally and academically.

During the course of the Active Baby Smart Kids TV Series you will learn the great value and enormous fun of movement in your baby’s life and that movement is the key to learning.


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