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See the Timetable page to find a class with places available in the current term.

Call Kirstie on 0428 073 607 or email to arrange a trail class.

Missed a Class?
Need a Make Up?

See the Make Up page to book in for a make up class or email to arrange a make up class.


Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions, click on the question to see the answer. If you have further enquiries please contact Kirstie on 0428 073 607, email kirstie@gymbaroocanberra.com or use our Contact Us form.

What is GymbaROO?

"Well to be honest, when you strip it all down, when you take away the fun children are having, when you take away the development benefits for the children - GymbaROO is really about parent/carer education."(Margaret Sasse: Founder of GymbaROO)

There is a direct relationship between activities and the stimulation children receive when they are babies and very young children and their ability to do well at school. This is supported and borne out by extensive research. It has been shown that children's neuro physiological development is vital for their ability to read and learn, and GymbaROO provides a fun filled platform for parents and carers to gain greater knowledge of what this entails in order to maximise their childs development.

"Children are developing 24 x 7" not just for an hour a week at GymbaROO, so what we really try to do is provide parents/carers with activities that can be done at home for the rest of the week. It is not just about providing activities, but also the "how and why" those activities help the brain develop. We have a different handout every week for every different development group. All teachers must be tertiary qualified (vs. gym or swimming instructors) before even being accepted for GymbaROO training - they need to learn and understand all about neuro physiological development and then be able to communicate this to you little by little - as you need it. We also explore important issues such as, balance, posture and motor development, as well as their importance to overall development.

GymbaROO's equipment is specifically designed by GymbaROO (where designs have evolved over 23 years of experience), and built to GymbaROO's specifications, to maximize the neuro-physiological developmental benefits of 0-5 year olds in the GymbaROO environment.

Having said all this, we understand that it does not matter how good it is for the children, we know you will not come back if she does not demand to come back - so layered over the top of the parental information backbone is a weekly theme with games and fun for children. Each week an object from the theme is discussed and activities performed to customised music.

See the About GymbaROO page or the GymbaROO Australia web site for more information.

GymbaROO is not...

...a playgroup/ mother's group/ day-care facility etc, where children are left to their own devices, under a somewhat controlled environment.

It is a time where you as a parent/carer have one-on-one time together with your child doing activities and learning new skills, it just happens to be that other parents/carers and their children are in the same environment and learning with you.

Who should attend GymbaROO?

All parents/carers wishing to maximise the neuro physiological development of their children. GymbaROO Classes have been professionally designed and structured to cater for babies from as young as 6 weeks, right up to children around 5 years old.

All children attending GymbaROO must be accompanied by an adult. This can be a parent , nanny, grandparent or any nominated carer. Grandparents/partners are also most welcome to come along with the primary carer and observe.

How long are the classes?

Class times range from 45 to 60 minutes depending on the specific class, see the class timetable for more information on class length.

How much does it cost?

While the potential benefits for your child are enormous the cost of our program is not.

There are discounts for extra siblings, please see the class timetable for pricing information.

Fees include GST, insurance and public liability, the use of specially designed equipment, hall rental, Visualisation Book and weekly words and pictures, First Steps Magazine, Child Development Handouts, name bib hire and most importantly parent/carer education and knowledge of neuro physiological development.

What happens during a class?

Half the class is spent with music, dance, instruments and parachutes, featuring strength exercises and gross or fine motor development. The remainder of the class is "free-time" for the children to practise their "motor" skills on specially designed equipment.

See the Class Structure page for more information on what happens during each class.

Can anyone join in?

Only children who have enrolled may participate in classes.

Parents/Carers are encouraged to make alternate arrangements for siblings, as the classes are age/development appropriate and the program is designed for 45-60 minutes of one-on-one time between you and your child. This is however a child friendly environment and if alternate arrangements cannot be made please discuss this with us and we will do our best to accommodate everyone's needs.

How many people attend GymbaROO?

"Australasia wide 11,000 children attend every week"

(this includes N.Z. and other international territories such as Hong Kong & China, Hungary, Korea and Turkey). Australia's' population is about 20 Million, so when you consider that parents/carers attend as well, this really means that one in every thousand people in Australia attend a GymbaROO class every week......and we are still growing after 24 years.

What happens if I miss a class?

There are many valid reasons for which people miss a class, and therefore there is a system in place whereby you can do a make-up class. We would be happy to facilitate rescheduling your time, but please be aware that make-up classes do have some conditions:

Make-ups can only be done:

  • in the term that you are booked in, and are not transferable to other terms for insurance and logistics reasons;
  • if there is space available in other classes;

To take a make-up class choose an age appropriate class from the timetable and contact us to book in.

Do I have to wait for the start of a term?

No, the program has been designed so that you can join at any time and you will not lose out on any information as repetition occurs in the form of differing activities and themes.

The term fees are scaled according to when you start during the term, contact us or see the rate card for more details.

Can I trial a class before I enrol?

If you would like to trial a class please book in for an *obligation free trial class. At the end of the class you can decide if you would like to enroll for a term or part thereof. There is no charge for the trial class if you do not wish to continue.

*This offer is dependent upon availability in a particular class and is only offered to children who have not yet attended GymbaROO. Where there is no availability parents/carers can observe a class.

See the Timetable page to find a class with places available in the current term.

How do I enrol?

See the Enrolment Information page for details on how to enrol, or call Kristie on 0422 312 457.

How many children are in a class?

Our classes average 12-16 children per class.

What qualifications do the teachers have?

GymbaROO requires teachers to have completed a three year tertiary qualification before being accepted to study neuro-physiological development and be trained as a GymbaROO teacher. Teachers are expected to participate in regular professional development and undertake ongoing study in neuro-physiological development of children.

Assistants are also expected to understand the fundamental rationale underpinning GymbaROO's program and have sufficient understanding of neuro-physiological development to be able to contribute meaningfully to the session.

See the Meet the Team page for more information on our teachers and assitants.

How long has GymbaROO been operating?

GymbaROO has been operating in Australia for 24 years. GymbaROO Canberra operated in the same location for 17 years before moving to Brand Depot and we have recently relocated to our new centre in beautiful Fairbairn, see the Our Location page for more details.

What if I have other Questions?

If you have further enquiries please contact Kirstie on 0428 073 607, kirstie@gymbaroocanberra.com or use our Contact Us form.

Contact Us

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Centre Address
25 Richmond Ave
Fairbairn ACT 2609

Postal Address
25 Richmond Ave
Fairbairn ACT 2609

Phone: 0428 073 607

Email: kirstie@gymbaroocanberra.com

All information collected will be strictly secured and handled in accordance with the Privacy Act and National Privacy Principles.

GymbaROO Canberra Contact Details

Kirstie Watson
Mobile: 0428 073 607
Email: kirstie@gymbaroocanberra.com
Postal Address: 25 Richmond Ave
Fairbairn ACT 2609
Centre Address: 25 Richmond Ave
Fairbairn ACT 2609

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any more information or explanation. We are always willing to discuss your child's individual needs or to consider suggestions regarding any aspect of GymbaROO.