Welcome to our very first, fully digital version of First Steps, GymbaROO’s official magazine.
For those of you who are new to our program, First Steps is distributed quarterly, to all parents who attend GymbaROO and KindyROO centres throughout Australia and overseas. Our highly-regarded publication has been circulated within the GymbaROO community for over three decades, and whilst it has changed format over the years to keep up with the times, what has never changed is our unwavering commitment to quality editorial and delivering to parents the very latest and best information pertaining to early childhood development.
I have been working with GymbaROO myself for three decades and am privileged to have been the First Steps Editor since 2015 and to be overseeing this latest transition.
As parents, you are your child’s first and most important teachers, and parents who understand about their own child’s development make better decisions and provide more beneficial opportunities for their children. Our team at GymbaROO are committed to making sure that everything we include in our program is in line with the latest research on development and learning. First Steps is yet another way that we ensure this research also reaches you.
This issue of First Steps reports on the latest research in movement and learning.
Dr Jane Williams, the Research and Education Director for GymbaROO and KindyROO, recently attended and presented at the Movement and Cognition conference ‘Movementis’ at Harvard University Medical School in Boston. Here, alongside several colleagues from GymbaROO/KindyROO, she heard about the latest research in the field of movement, brain development and learning. We will be bringing to you the most relevant and important areas of this latest research, that we can apply every day at home to help make parenting easier and more successful for you and your child. Not surprisingly, the key throughout the entire conference was – ‘Movement is the key to learning!’ – the philosophy on which GymbaROO is based.