Written by Dr Jane Williams, Dr Tessa Grigg and Bindy Cummings
Having completed a couple of years of GymbaROO-KindyROO parents may wonder if there is value in carrying on with their three and four-year-old. The answer is a resounding ‘Yes’! GymbaROO-KindyROO combines perfectly with an increase in kindergarten or childcare before a child starts school. The program compliments, supports and extends a child’s range of skills. What proof do we have of this? Some of the questions are answered below. We know that specialised time working on movement patterns and skills is not just about having a good time and increasing confidence. It sets children on a secure path to successful learning. What a great Christmas present!
Why GymbaROO kids excel academically
GymbaROO children have skills that are a very welcome addition to classrooms around the country. Teachers tell us that not only are the children physically fit, socially adept and emotionally mature, they are ready to learn, and do so with ease and confidence. Many teachers have reported that GymbaROO-KindyROO children “stand out in the classroom”. What is it we do at GymbaROO-KindyROO that prepares children for learning and academic success? Read more…
Why GymbaROO kids excel at the three R’s – wRiting, Reading, aRithmetic (maths)
The GymbaROO program is designed to ensure that babies and children receive lots of the movement experiences that optimise brain development and provide the foundations for more complex levels of learning such as reading, writing and mathematics. Read more…
Why GymbaROO kids excel at sport
Attending GymbaROO over a period of five years can really make a huge difference to your child’s future on the sporting field. Babies and children who have gone through the GymbaROO programs are excelling on the sporting field later at school. Read more…
In this study the average neurological age of the children participating in the GymbaROO UP movement program increased by an average of nearly TWO YEARS in the 10-12 month testing period. Conversely, the non-participating group improved their average neurological age by only six months over the same time period. The movement classes were run in place of literacy or numeracy sessions.
A recent study on the ‘Unlocking Potential’ (UP) program – a daily 25 minute neuro-developmentally structured GymbaROO physical activity program for primary school aged children – clearly shows improved academic achievement, NAPLAN results, behaviour, physical, social and emotional skills and overall happiness at school. Is ignoring these results doing our children, their futures and the future of our country a gross disservice?
Read our ongoing series featuring GymbaROO-KindyROO kids and their amazing achievements
Dr Jane Williams (PhD, BMgt, RN(Paeds)) is a Director of GymbaROO and KindyROO. Dr Williams is one of Australia’s leading experts on baby and child development.
Dr Tessa Grigg (PhD, Dip Tch Primary and ECE) is an experienced teacher and the Research and Education Manager at GymbaROO-KindyROO.
Bindy Cummings (B.Ed hons) is a teacher, a GymbaROO early childhood neuro-developmental consultant and the co-creator of GymbaROO’s Active Babies Smart Kids series. She has been writing articles for GymbaROO’s First Steps magazine, digital platforms and media for over ten years