PROGRAMS: KINDERGYM – AGE 1.75-5

Our Kindergym toddler and child classes (Mini gym Stages 1 and 2, Junior gym) introduce gymnastics through an early-childhood approach. We facilitate play-based learning coupled with the fundamental gymnastics building blocks to create a safe, fun and progressive environment. Class sizes are capped at 6-7 per coach, ensuring children are closely supervised and are continually moving.

Some of the benefits of gymnastics at this age are:

  • Developmental fun
  • Strength, flexibility and co-ordination transferable to any other sport
  • Learning to focus, listen to instructions and wait their turn
  • Working through/managing fears
  • Teamwork and cooperation
  • A sense of achievement when gaining a new skill
  • Strengthening brain pathways
  • Improvement in musculoskeletal alignment
  • Learning rhythm and different ways of locomotion

At East Gymnastics we follow a comprehensive term by term program relevant to each age group. Children progress through our Stages based program at their own pace. Every week we introduce a new theme e.g. sports or circus, and use fun props and language to bring our classes to life.

MINI GYM STAGE 1 

Mini gym Stage 1 (from age 1.75) is a FUN starting point for your child to learn gymnastics. Stage 1 involves full parent and child interaction. The instructors allow time for guided exploration with the circuits set up including floor, beam, bars and trampoline.

We work towards milestone movement patterns e.g. jumping with two feet, and follow a yearly plan specific to this age group.

Example skills include:

  • Walking and jumping on the low beam, over benches, across wooden planks. We also walk on the high beam.
  • Forward rolls on the floor, down a foam “wedge” and rolling over a foam cylinder
  • Hanging on the bar in a different positions
  • Jumping on the springboard and mini tramp onto a crashmat, learning how to land in “motorbike”
  • Activities with balls, hoops and bean bags

Class size: 6 children per coach
Duration: 45 mins






MINI GYM STAGE 2

Mini gym Stage 2 (age 2.75-3.25) also involves parent and child interaction with instruction from a coach, but as the term/year progresses parents will start to step back as the children grow to learn and follow instruction on their own.

Stage 2 involves more structured circuits whereby the group of children stays on one apparatus (focused learning on skills) before moving as a group to the next station. This more structured approach prepares the children for moving on to a Junior Gym class on their own.

Example skills include:

  • Spiderman handstands, backward rolls over a cylinder, forward rolls
  • Bear walks on parallel bars, monkey walks on the high/low bar
  • Jumping jacks and tuck jumps on trampoline
  • Chin up hold and swings on rings/trapeze
  • Walking over obstacles on the beam, starting to walk unassisted on low beams

 
Class size: 6 children per coach
Duration: 45 mins

JUNIOR GYM 

Junior Gym, from ages 3.25 to 5 (or until starting school) follows on from Mini gym in its developmental objectives. This class is a drop-off class involving just the children and the instructors. We believe that early childhood movement patterns and listening skills learnt in Kindergym programs assist with a child’s progress and potential for learning later on in life when they get to school.

In this class, we hope to work more on confidence and allowing the children to take ownership and pride in what they have learnt, for example, they may want to demonstrate their skill to the others in class. We start to see more independent movements without the assistance of a coach e.g. walking across the beam in different directions, or monkey walks across the high bar without a coach holding their weight. Most of all, we always have FUN! We are amazed at how much this age group can learn e.g. we have some children already doing complex cartwheels and chin up pullovers.

Example skills we focus on:

  • Beam: Walking forwards and backwards on the low and high beam
  • Floor: Rolls, handstands and cartwheels
  • Vault/tramp: Jumps, landings
  • Bars: swings, monkey walks, rollovers

Class size: 7 children per coach
Duration: 45 mins and 1 hour class options