Australia’s premier developmental program for babies and pre-schoolers has won 4 award/s at the What’s On 4 Kids 2019 Awards.
GymbaROO and KindyROO took out the awards for:
- Best National Toddler Activity
- Best National Toddler Activity (People’s Choice)
- Best Baby Activity (People’s Choice); and
- Best Activity for Parent and Child (People’s Choice)
Toddler Kindy Gymbaroo CEO Beth Pocklington says the company is thrilled to win the awards, which reflect the importance of their programs to the community.
“It is the biggest awards platform for children’s activities in Australia,” she says.
“Winning any of the awards is recognition from our peers and our industry and most importantly, the families who take part in our programs that what we do is worthwhile and having an impact. Our success represents our children’s success.”
Mrs Pocklington says GymbaROO-KindyROO, which has been operating since 1982, has stood the test of time and offers parents a unique opportunity to be directly involved with their children’s development.
“Parental involvement in the classes is critical and families are given fun activities to do at home, which further facilitate learning and bonding,” she says.
“All of our programs are based on more than 30 years of scientific research that shows children who exercise regularly have improved cognitive function.”
GymbaROO has even conducted its own research. Dr Jane Williams, Director of Research and Education for GymbaROO and KindyROO, studied the progress of 879 primary school children who participated in the company’s Unlocking Potential movement program and found a dramatic improvement in their learning abilities after a year.
Mrs Pocklington says GymbaROO’s programs offer children time away from electronic devices, giving them a chance to develop their language, self-regulation and creative-thinking skills.
She says GymbaROO teachers, who are usually tertiary qualified, receive training from the company to ensure they understand the science behind the activities. After five years of teaching at a GymbaROO centre, they can train to become an early childhood neuro-developmental consultant and assist parents who have concerns about their child’s development.
“Our teachers are passionate about what they do and genuinely invested in helping prepare children for optimal learning at school. We find a lot of our families came to our teachers for advice,” Mrs Pocklington says.
There are more than 100 GymbaROO centres throughout Australia, and many overseas, supporting the natural physiological development of babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.